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Daring Afiq scores double win at Sentul

india Updated: Jul 24, 2011 01:33 IST
Ajai Masand
Ajai Masand
Hindustan Times
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The bevy of beauties at the Sentul racetrack, all dressed to kill, seemed to be hogging all the limelight, until Afiq Ikhwan, the 19-yer-old sinewy Malaysian, snatched all the attention with a performance that was amazing and heart-warming at the same time.

With a car, which was "much more responsive" and a team of technicians "that was ready to back" him to the hilt, the MeritusGP team driver won both the seventh and eighth rounds in the JK Racing Asia Series in the Asian Festival of Speed to glean a neat 42 points (21 points per round) and increase his points tally to 102.

On a day when India's only driver in the category, Raj Bharath, finished ninth and 11th in the two races, it was the shy Afiq who made the Sentul circuit his own with some extremely determined --- and daring --- driving.

(The writer's trip has been sponsored by JK Tyre)