August, Sepang -
Win or lose, Malaysia's racing sensation
Jazeman Jaafar says that the 2007 Petronas
Primax 3 Merdeka Millennium Endurance has
provided a valuable experience for him and
that it would significantly enhance his
motor racing career.
"Without doubt, the event has been a good
learning curve for me. I am enjoying
myself here and I will try to learn as
much as possible. It has been one great,
fun experience," said Jazeman, who started
the race for his Proton R3 Motorsports by
virtue of being fastest among his team
mates in qualifying yesterday.
"I did not only surprise everybody. I even
surprised myself," said the 14-year old
Form Two student of Sekolah Sri Cempaka in
Damansara, who clocked 2 minutes 15.052
seconds in qualifying yesterday to upstage
three-time MME winner Tommy Lee and Bill
Ng of Singapore.
"Everybody came to me to congratulate me I
was very surprised with the time," said
Jazeman, known for his prowess in go-karts
and single-seater racing and is currently
leading the Formula BMW Asia Series 2007
with his CIMB Team Qi-Meritus.
Met at the start of the 12-hour endurance
race in Sepang, Jazeman, who started from
fifth on the grid, declined to make any
predictions except that it was going to be
a very tough race and that in a 12-hour
racing, anything can happen.
"I will my very best to achieve the best
results possible for the team. I thanked
them for this opportunity to race in the
great event for the very first time. I
sincerely hope to be racing again in the
MME next year," said Jazeman.
Entering its eighth edition, the 2007
Petronas Primax 3 Merdeka Millennium
Endurance Race was flagged off by Deputy
Youth and Sports Datuk Liow Tiong Lai and
attended by AAM President Tunku Datuk
Mudzaffar Tunku Mustafa and Motorsports
Commission of Malaysia Datuk Azman Yahya.
Competing against the big boys of track
racing, Jazeman said that he did not feel
of having any disadvantage as a 14-year
old boy on the grid except that he would
be competing against very experienced
"Never in my life that I would be sharing
the same track with drivers like Hans
Stuck and all the top Malaysian drivers
including my manager Firhat Mokhzani as
well. It's indeed a privilege and honour
and I am very happy that I am part of this
event," he added.
Firhat, the team manager of CIMB Team
Qi-Meritus, said he was not at all
surprised with the performance of Jazeman
in qualifying yesterday.
"We know that he is a very talented and a
very good driver. But, we must always
remember that he is only 14 years old. I
hope that he will not be pushing himself
too hard at this race. But, I think he
should be okay," said Firhat.
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