It was a moving moment for Afiq Ikhwan when he heard the Malaysian national anthem playing in the background for him after claiming the win for JK Racing Asia Series Round 11 at Buddh International Circuit today.
Ikhwan is on a winning streak after claiming both races in Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit at the last outing, and after a tough battle at the end of this race, the win was worth it. The 21 year old crossed the line just ahead of compatriot Nabil Jeffri of Eurointernational after the duo and Indian Aditya Patel changed positions a few times in the closing stages of the race right through to the chequered flag. Patel finished the race in third and set the fastest time of the day with 1:59.803.
Ikhwan made a quick announcement during the post race interview, saying “I’d like to dedicate this trophy to my mum for her 50th birthday”. He then continued to thank his team and sponsor Petronas for the race.
“In the beginning I had a really good pace but the conditions of the car deteriorated after five laps and I don’t know why, we have to find out the problem. After lap 5 I saw Nabil closing the gap, he was coming really fast from third but I just did my job and continued doing what I do and kept defending my line right to the end of the race”.
When asked what was his feeling hearing the Malaysian national anthem during a Formula 1 weekend, Ikhwan said “I’m really excited and really happy because it’s not easy to get a podium and we worked really hard for this weekend, so I really appreciate everything and would like to thank everyone in my team”.