DAIM HISHAMMUDIN REPRESENTS SINGAPORE AT 2011 ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE GRAND FINALS
Finishing on the podium of every round of the 2011 Rotax Max Challenge Malaysia and Rotax Asia Zone Challenge, Daim Hishammudin is one of only two selected Singaporean drivers representing Singapore in the invitational 2011 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals at the Al Ain Raceway in United Arab Emirates.
Making a transition from the Cadet category, the 13-year-old Singaporean is competing in his first Junior karting season this year and has done very well to achieve an overall second place in the Rotax Max championships.
Daim will be the only Singaporean in the 125 Max Junior category, going up against 71 other drivers from all over the world at the 12th Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals to be held from 19 to 26 November 2011.
Commenting on the intensive week ahead, Daim said, “As this is only my first year in the Junior category, the plan was to focus on getting the right training and development to help me with the progress of the transition from the Cadet (below 12 years old) class. I have put in my best at every race and I am pleased with the results and performance of the season. It is a privilege to be racing in the by-invite only Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals where the best karters of each region gather to fight it out. I look forward to a great experience and I will continue to do my best!”
The Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals is a week-long event that sees the best kart drivers worldwide congregate to battle for international top honours. Into its 12th year, this year has 264 drivers from 60 different nations in five continents storming the grounds of the Al Ain Raceway in four categories – 125 Max Junior (72 drivers), 125 Max Senior (72 drivers), 125 Max DD2 (72 drivers) and 125 Max DD2 Masters (48 drivers).
Daim’s invitational entry into the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals is a result of his consistent performance over the five-round 2011 Rotax Max Challenge Malaysia and Rotax Asia Zone Challenge series – He finished third in Round 1 at Sepang International Circuit, second in Round 2 at Speedway PLUS Circuit, first in Round 3 at Petra Jaya Circuit Kuching, second in Round 4 at Pekan Circuit and second in the fifth and final round at Sepang again.
ABOUT DAIM HISHAMMUDIN
Daim Hishammudin tried karting for fun at the age of eight and found himself falling in love with the sport. Two years later, the Singaporean started competing in karts and in three years won three championships – the Yamaha SL Cup 2008 (Cadet), Rotax Max Challenge Asia 2009 (Micromax) and the Yamaha SL Cup 2010 (Cadet). Proving his potential and talent in racing, Daim was the first to be selected for the AirAsia Team Lotus Driver Development Programme when it was launched in 2010 and was chosen again for 2011 after achieving excellent results. He is the first and only Singaporean in this programme. To hone his driving skills, part of his training and development included a stint in Italy earlier this year where Daim spent three months in Descenzano Del Garda where he underwent intensive training with the Kosmic Racing team and took part in World Series Karting (WSK) Master Series races. 2011 is a transition year for Daim as he moves up from the Cadet to Junior class. The aim is to get Daim to race in Europe full-time when he is physically and mentally ready.