Hafizh promises to remain 'calm' at Races of Malaysia

Last update: 11/12/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 -- As a car-racing novice, Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah admitted that it will be complicated to switch from a motorbike to a car, but he promises to remain calm and keep everything under control during 'Races of Malaysia'. 

The Malaysian MotoGP rider has completed his first running in the Hyundai i30 N TCR that he would use to make his debut in the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) at Sepang International Circuit this week. 

Hafizh was in action during wildcard testing under the track’s newly-installed floodlights on Monday evening and again on Tuesday morning as he prepared to compete in both events that make up the inaugural 'Races of Malaysia', namely WTCR Race of Malaysia and the Sepang 8 Hours, a round of the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) for motorbikes.

“There are still some places I can improve and I will check with my crew chief to see which parts we lose on the track but it was amazing, a nice experience for me and also we tested in the night. As we have one race in the night, Race 3, it’s a good opportunity that we have a test here.

"At the same time, we have 20km more in the car (in accordance with the wildcard regulations) so it’s not easy but I will try to improve step by step. I can't wait to arrive in a good shape on the weekend to jump on the bike and suddenly jump in the car. 

"This will be complicated but I will try to build my confidence, keep calm and make sure everything is under control,” he said in a statement issued by WTCR today. 

Hafizh’s fellow Hyundai Team Engstler driver Mitchell Cheah also tested along with the third of three Malaysian wildcards, Douglas Khoo, and Brazilian Joao Paulo de Oliveira, who completed the list of one-off racers taking part in the WTCR Race of Malaysia season super-finale.