Following a successful opening event last August, the 2015 AsiaCup Series returns to the Sepang International Circuit this November fielding a bigger and expanded grid for the second event. In addition to the return of Australian driver, Jordan Love (#79) who currently leads the drivers’ standing with 104 points, the second event will include the addition of two new drivers, bringing the field up to 15 drivers.
Entering its third season, the 2015 AsiaCup series had an original billing of 13 registered competitors for the first event. Two drivers were forced to miss the season’s opening event as the pair were not able to obtain their rookie competition license in time.
With Kane Shepard (Thailand) away for the ROTAX world finals in Portugal, Singaporean Daniel Neilson Frost will be joined on the grid this weekend by New Zealand rookie Faine Kahia. In preparation for the next AsiaCup event two young Russian competitors, an Indonesian and Filipino will test in the AsiaCup cars prior to the start of the official race week.
Faine Kahia says “I’ve tried really hard to make the most of every opportunity that came my way, believing each experience would lead to one day following in the footsteps of other Kiwi drivers representing New Zealand on the world stage. But none of my racing would have been possible without the support of a huge number of people, especially the Taupo community, my family and friends. I feel I’ll be taking a great deal of home pride with me to Malaysia!”
Peter Thompson, CEO & Founder notes: “We are extremely excited about the forthcoming second event in the 2015 AsiaCup Series. With such a multinational field of competitors, this year’s edition of the AsiaCup Series is a truly international and culturally diverse series. We have young drivers from virtually every corner of the world, including Kenya, Norway, South Korea, Australia, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Russia and from Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Indonesia as well as Malaysia. It makes for what I am confident will be a fantastic weekend of racing!”
Meanwhile, the Malaysian contingent will be spearheaded by 16-year old Adam Haikal (#77) who will be bolstered by his performance at the first event in August. With a double podium finish out of the five races contested, the young Malaysian will be keen to bring the challenge to his fellow competitors.
“I am quite happy with the progress I made in August, and know which areas I need to work on to help me improve and possibly catch Jeremy (Wahome, #88) and championship leader, Jordan (#79). Ultimately, I think the key is consistency and based on the feedback from the engineers from the first event, I have been working hard on a number of areas, including working on my fitness. I am quite confident that I can be competitive for the coming event,” notes Adam Haikal.
Featuring an intense schedule that includes five races held over the weekend, the proceedings for the second event in the 2015 AsiaCup Series will commence on Friday with practice and qualifying sessions.
The second event in the 2015 Asia Cup Series is being held as part of the Asian LeMans Series, taking place at the Sepang International Circuit from November 6th to 8th. For more information visit www.meritusgp.com
AsiaCup Background Information:
The Malaysian company Asian Autosport Action Group (Triple A), is the owner and promoter responsible for the activation and international marketing for the AsiaCup. Triple A is also the owner of the brands:
1) AsiaCup Series – FIA approved International Series
2) MERITUS.GP – Championship Winning Team
3) TrackRecord – The Championship Magazine
The AsiaCup Series is an approved FIA international series and is highly regarded as being the most professional formula training series in Asia ever.
AsiaCup single-seater formula race series is the most cost-effective series ever in Asia, created by the multi-championship winning (36 Asian titles) Malaysian MERITUS.GP. The ‘one-concept’ (one-make, one-track, one-team, one-cost, open-data) AsiaCup Series began in 2013 and is managed solely by Triple A.
Designed as the stepping stone for young drivers to progress to other formula racing categories, the AsiaCup Series has and continues to harness some of the region’s up and coming young racing talent, including Malaysian Daniel Woodroof and Australia’s Jake Parsons both competing and winning podiums in the Formula Masters China Series.