After Valencia, Hafizh Syahrin joins 1,000km endurance race in Sepang

Last update: 07/11/2019

PETALING JAYA, Nov 7  -- National MotoGP racer Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah is expected to take part in the Sepang 1,000 km (S1K) Endurance Race, just days after his final race at the World Motorcycle Championships in Valencia.

The Red Bull KTM Tech 3 rider will be racing at the Valencia Grand Prix in Spain from Nov 15-17 and returns home for the S1K race from Nov 22-24.

Due to the tight schedule, the rider from Ampang, who will be joining Alister Yoong and Bradley Benedict Anthony in the SP2 category S1K car race, will only have the opportunity to train once before the event.

"I'm a sportsman who can't sit still. I'm going to Valencia next week and will be returning to Malaysia for the S1K, and back to Valencia to test drive a new machine with Angel Nieto Team.

"I only have one opportunity to train with the S1K team but nothing is impossible. I am confident that I can do my best in the S1K race despite the lack of training. This is an incredible challenge but a very meaningful experience," he told reporters at a press conference here today.

Hafizh, who will be driving a Toyota Vios numbered 910 in the S1K, has been given the green light by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) to participate in international tournaments to qualify for the FIA ??World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) on Dec 15.

Hafizh Syahrin will not only participate in the car race at the WTCR, but will also be riding a motorcycle at the Endurance World Championship (EWC)’s 8-hour Sepang race with Franco Morbidelli and Michael van der Mark.

He will represent the Sepang Racing Team for the two and four wheel races to be held at Sepang International Circuit.

"For me, the pressure is definitely there because an eight-hour race requires good physical strength, there is no need for a fast machine. It should just be a reliable machine without any technical issues, besides avoiding mistakes.

"It's not hard to tackle the machine for the eight-hour race, but what’s most worrying about the WTCR is there are eight world champions coming in. I can't promise any results, but I can give assurance that I’ll do my best," he said.

Meanwhile, Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali said Hafizh Syahrin was chosen for the WTCR to attract a larger crowd.

"Why did we choose Hafizh? Because this is a new event replacing the Formula One (F1) on the Sepang Circuit. This is to attract more viewers, we know Hafizh has a lot of fans who follow his races. He is a major attraction for the WTCR," he said.

-- BERNAMA