From racing simulators to real racing cars – Ady Rahimy Rashid and Angeline Lee will live their dreams as they make their debut at the Malaysia Championship Series (MCS), which opens its 2019 season this weekend at Sepang International Circuit (SIC).
Selected after a special shoot-out among 10 top performers of the inaugural e-MCS last year, Ady and Angeline have been absorbed into SIC Talent Development Programme, and will be now sharing the same track with Malaysia’s top drivers; and competing in real racing cars.
Angeline, who works with motoring portal, www.zerotohundred.com, was selected from the pool of media personnel competing in the Media Category, of which four top finishers were selected for a shootout, managed by SIC’s partner for the programme, Dream Chaser Motorsports.
Like Ady, Angeline, who is an active karter, is looking forward to the new challenge and competing against some of the big names in Malaysian motor racing scene, whom she knows very well through her work in the media.
“I aim to do my best and make my team proud,” said Angeline, who won the Honda Go Kart Endurance Race in 2013.
Competing under the banners of HI-REV SIC Dream Chaser Racing Team, Ady will be competing in the Stock Production of S Production class in a Suzuki Swift machine, while Angeline will be partnering German driver, Sophia Menzenbach for an all-ladies partnership in a Ford Fiesta 2-doors hatchback imported from Germany.
“Naturally, I am excited and really looking forward to this race. We have not tested the car as we will only be doing the shakedown at the track on Wednesday and Thursday. So, I am not able to really comment on the car; but I am very confident that it will be good. I am not setting high expectations for the opening race as this will be my debut in the MCS.
“I hope that I could work well with the team and we could immediately forge a good understanding and partnership to set the tune for the rest of the season,” said the 20-year old Ady, who is the son of a driving instructor.
“Now, that I am part of the SIC Talent Development programme, I can really focus on my racing and plan for an entire season. Last year, I only raced MCS from the simulator machines, and only saw the race from beyond the track. This year, I get to be one of the drivers racing in an actual car on track. Hence, I would sincerely like to thank SIC for the opportunity given and the efforts made for grassroot programmes in Malaysia” Ady added.
The e-MCS was first introduced in 2018 as a talent programme to search for skilled drivers who was given the opportunity to win a seat in the Malaysia Championship Series sponsored by SIC. This program was part of the effort of the e-Sports banner that has been widely talked about last year.
“We are excited on this new journey of e-Sports in Malaysia and has become part of the main sporting event in the country. SIC also jumped on the bandwagon and created our every own e-MCS. Unlike the others, we wanted to not just promote e-Sports but to also find talents among the sim racers that could eventually become future champions in world class racing, hence we offered two seats for the winners of the sim racing to race in actual car racing” said Dato’ Razlan Razali, Chief Executive Officer of SIC.
“We partnered with Race Room and Dream Chaser Motorsport to create a solid programme, and I am excited to see how sim racers Ady and Angeline performs this weekend.”
As previously, the 2019 season will run in five rounds with the first four rounds featuring two one-hour endurance race in four weekends. The fifth and final round will be more challenging as they compete in a 300-km endurance race of 54 laps around the 5,543-meter track.
Apart from the MCS, this weekend’s race programme, which opens on Friday, will also feature actions from the TCR Asia series, the F3 Asian Championship, the F4 SEA Championship, the prestigious Blancpain GT World Challenge; and the highly entertaining Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia series.
With a packed programme, qualifying and Race 1 for the MCS will run at night under the new circuit lights that was launched last July; providing the teams and drivers added challenge and more excitement for the spectators.
All races will be streamed live on SIC’s official Facebook page for fans worldwide to follow the actions.
To be closer to the actions, fans can purchase special Paddock Passes at RM 80, which will allow fans entrance to the paddock and viewing from the covered rooftop of the Main pit building while the Main Grandstand entries are open to public.
Malaysia Championship Series 2019 – Race Calendar
Round 1: 5 – 7 April
Round 2: 19 – 21 April
Round 3: 12 – 14 July
Round 4: 23 – 25 August
Round 5: 27 – 29 September