REV issue 01
Text by Cheryl Tay
Photos courtesy of Axle BHPetrol Racing After seven months across five rounds, Singaporean kart racer Daim Hishammudin wraps up the 2010 Yamaha SL Cup Malaysia Series with a satisfying win in the Cadet category (for ages eight to 12), followed closely by team-mate James Pull in second. Since the Series commenced in March, 12-year-old Daim and 11-year-old James have been battling for the title, swopping Championship leads between rounds with each other.
Both of them are driving for former Formula One driver Alex Yoong’s kart racing team AXLE BHPetrol Racing, which was only set up this year. Daim convincingly won both races at the final round held on 17 October, complete with pole position from qualifying and the fastest lap time.
“I came into this weekend with James right behind me in the championship points, so I knew I had to fight hard to hold onto the title. It was no doubt a tough feat, but to achieve my third championship in three years is a reflection of the great support that my family, friends and sponsors have given me throughout,” said Daim, who is of Singaporean nationality but based in Malaysia.
Earlier this year, Daim was selected for the AirAsia ASEAN Driver Development Programme which is closely associated to Lotus Racing F1 team. James finished the first race in second place behind Daim, but was forced into early retirement for the second race after a first corner incident. Nonetheless, James’ overall second place is affirmed.
James said, “I was disappointed that I didn’t finish the second race, but I’m happy with the runner-up position in my first Yamaha SL Cup season. Next year, I will be back with an aim to win the title. Now it is time to focus on the remaining two Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC) rounds in November and December, where I currently hold the lead for the Mini ROK category.”