Hayden Haikal is no stranger in the competitive karting scene, holding two-time Malaysian Rotax Max Challenge karting championship title under his belt. The 14-year-old recently moved up to racing saloon cars and secured his first ever victory at the grand finale of the Toyota Vios Challenge Season 2.
Battling out in the Sporting Class of the Toyota Vios Challenge on the North Track at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC), Haikal of led the pack from start to finish after making a brilliant start passing Panglima City Racing Team’s Kenneth Koh into the first corner.
From there on, he maintained his lead with a more than seven second gap ahead of his nearest competitor on track at the end of the 20-lap race. Haikal who pilots car number 11 managed a fastest lap of 1:27.789 around the 2.61 km track. Kenneth Koh held the fastest lap of the day at 1:27.737.
Haikal who turns 15 this July said: “I got a good start, but honestly I was very nervous as the race unfolded. I was very worried about making a mistake but in the end everything worked out well. It’s an amazing feeling to win my first ever saloon car race.”
Asked if he preferred racing on a street circuit instead of a permanent circuit like Sepang, Haikal added: “I definitely feel more at home racing on a permanent track because it is a lot wider and you can carry more speed into the corners.”