Spurred by his memorable victory in the AsiaCup Series at the Sepang Circuit on Merdeka Day, Malaysian driver, Daniel Woodroof, aims to sustain the pace in the remaining six rounds to boost in his chance of claiming the inaugural championship crown.
The youngster had started the weekend with a fourth placing in the first race and improved in the second race where he finished second. And in the third race, Woodroof pushed himself to the edge to claim a memorable win. He finished ahead of Indonesia’s Andersen Martono and Swanepoel from South Africa.
With his confidence running high, the 17-year-old Daniel has firmly set his sights on bagging the championship. “It was fantastic to be on the podium for Race 2 and in Race 3, there was a massive battle in front of me between Matthew (Swanepoel) and Zou (Sir Ui), and when I saw the chance I took the lead,” Daniel said.
“The key for me now is to stay consistent and bring the championship home,” commented Daniel.
The AsiaCup Series started in July supporting the Japanese GT’s and last weekend supported the 2013 MMER race at Sepang over the national holiday weekend. The next two events, comprising six rounds, will take place in Sepang on Dec 1 and on Dec 8 supporting the Asian Le Mans Series.
Firhat Mokhzani, AsiaCup Race Director, said after an exciting weekend of racing: “A key feature for our AsiaCup drivers is our high profile support events. Round 2 of the AsiaCup Series last weekend was another 100% success and its fantastic to see the drivers develop and mature, the top three were divided by 0.001 sec. This is the best driver development series in the region.”
The inaugural AsiaCup Series, which is an FIA designated ‘international’ driver development series, has attracted a truly global driver grid. Daniel and six other Malaysian drivers lined up on the 19-strong grid.
The concept of the AsiaCup is to provide a cost-effective transition from karting to formula motorsport with ‘one’ rule: one-make, one-team, one-track for one cost. The 12-round AsiaCup Series which costs US$55,000 is organised by Sepang and owned and promoted by Meritus who also provide the race engineering services.
Meritus have invested in 25 Formula BMW FB02 race cars, with 22 contracted drivers from Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, South Africa, Sri Lanka and India, with more joining from Russia, Australia, Japan and South America for the next events.
Circuit distance: 5.543km
Race 1 (10 laps)
1. Shayur Harpal (South Africa) 23 minutes 00.740 secs
2. Andhika Sasabone (Indonesia) 23:00.825
3. Andersen Martono (Indonesia) 23:04.610
Race 2 (7 laps)
1. Matthew Swanepoel (South Africa) 16:10.899
2. Daniel Woodroof (Malaysia) 16:11.207
3. Gilbert Ang (Malaysia) 16:13.532
Race 3 (10 laps)
1. Daniel Woodroof (Malaysia) 23:19.696
2. Andersen Martono (Indonesia) 23:25.064
3. Matthew Swanepoel (South Africa) 23:26.705