NAZA KIA MALAYSIA DONATES PICANTO TO ADI HASLAM MOTORSPORTS
June 30 2011
Kuala Lumpur, June 30 - Naza Kia Malaysia Sdn Bhd is donating the Picanto which won the GP-4 category at this year's K4GP Sepang 24-Hours Endurance Race to the team that drove it, Adi Haslam Motorsports.
Naza Kia Malaysia's chief operating officer, Datuk Hafiz Syed Abu Bakar, said the Picanto will be donated to the team which will in turn use it to enter more motorsport events in the country.
Adi Haslam Motorsports is led by wheelchair-bound, Adi Haslam Abdullah and his fellow disabled driver and former TV3 host, Ras Adiba Radzi.
Back in February, Adi Haslam Motorsports entered the K4GP Sepang 24-Hours Endurance Race 2011 with the Picanto and won first place in the GP-4 Category.
The Picanto, which was sponsored by Naza Kia Malaysia Sdn Bhd, completed 378 laps to win the GP-4 class, which is for cars with automatic transmissions, at the endurance race.
In addition to winning its class, the Picanto also made history for being part of the first Malaysian team with disabled drivers to participate in the K4GP Sepang 24-Hours Endurance Race and as the first ever Korean car to enter the race.
"We are pleased to have given a team with disabled racing drivers a chance at competing in a major motorsport event. By donating the Picanto to Adi Haslam Motorsports, the team will be able to compete in more races and realise their dreams," said Datuk Hafiz.
Adi Haslam said the team intends to enter the Picanto into the K4GP Malaysia 4-Hours Challenge in Sepang in December as well as two other races next year. The Picanto will compete in the GP-4 category. These races will serve as a prelude to the K4GP Sepang 24-Hours Endurance Race in 2013.
"We want to thank Naza Kia Malaysia for donating the Picanto to us and giving our team a chance at participating in more races.
"Not many disabled drivers from Malaysia have had a chance to participate in motorsport events. Our participation in the K4GP Sepang 24-Hours Endurance Race in February was the first time I had entered a car race in 16-years and I would like to thank Naza Kia Malaysia for that opportunity and we will soon give that opportunity to other drivers," said Adi Haslam.
He said the team is looking to field a team comprising of only disabled drivers for the K4GP Malaysia 4-Hours Challenge in December.
For the K4GP Sepang 24-Hours Endurance Race 2011 in February, Adi Haslam and Ras Adibah were the only two disabled drivers in the team which comprised of four other drivers.
The Picanto driven by the team features hand-operated throttle and brakes for the disabled drivers.
The K4GP race is held twice a year in Japan while the 24-hour endurance race in Sepang is held bi-annually. The 2011 edition of the 24-hour endurance race is the third time the race has been held in Sepang.