After campaigning in the Malaysia Speed Festival (MSF) for the last 3 season, Moda Machine’s team driver Mirza Syahmi Mahzan made his first ever entry into the high profile 2019 Malaysia Championship Series (MCS).
Competing in the SP2 category Syahmi had an experienced teammate in the form of Faizal Hakimi, and were only targeting a modest result in their first ever outing of the series’ championship. Driving a Honda Jazz, the SP2 field was very competitive featuring some serious and experienced contenders, meaning that the duo had some work cut out to achieve some good result in the race as qualifying didn’t go well for them.
Starting the race in 9th position, during the combination of Syahmi and Faizal’s driving stints, they did not make much headway as their car lack pace and they were not able to make any meaningful attacks on their rivals. Despite these, Syahmi and Faizal displayed that they had impressive pace and were consistent with their lap times.
Although Syahmi and Faizal ended the race in positions which was not that encouraging (7th in Race 1 and 11th in Race 2), given more time and getting the car with the right setup would likely make them a much stronger contender in the coming rounds.
“The car is quite a handful in its current form but I expected that, and I was going to be patient regarding this, honestly. We started slowly in the beginning but was creeping up the ladder, but I guess that wasn’t good enough to make any headway on our rivals,” said Syahmi.
“As for the race, even though I was struggling with the compliance of the car, I had some interesting battle with my rivals who are really competitive. There was even a contact in Race 2 which dropped our overall position, but nevertheless, even if the results was not the one we expected, I enjoyed the race a lot. Tough start on my MCS debut, but I had fun. I learnt a lot this weekend about MCS and we’ll see where we go on from here in the future,” said Syahmi.