National WSSP rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin secures wildcard entry for this weekend’s ARRC 2016 season finale.
Another national rider who isn’t sitting idle in his off-season is World Supersport (WSSP) rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin. The 25-year-old Banting native secured a wildcard entry to this weekend’s FIM Asia Road Racing 2016 (ARRC 2016) season-finale at the Chang International Circuit, Buriram, Thailand.
“I am looking forward to pitting my skills against the best riders in Asia. For me, this is a great opportunity to hone my race craft as part of the off-season preparations for the 2017 season. Racing against the riders in the ARRC will certainly keep me on my toes,” said Zulfahmi in regards to his wildcard entry.
This weekend, Zulfahmi Khairuddin will trade the hot seat of his Orelac VerdNatura WSSP team’s Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R for a similar machine under the BikeART Racing Kawasaki team in the series’ SuperSport 600 class. This also sees him teaming up with veteran ARRC ace and compatriot Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman.
Making it a truly special affair is the fact that this wildcard entry marks Zulfahmi’s first ever appearance in the regional championship series. Unlike the rest of his compatriots, Zulfahmi was lucky enough to graduate straight into the world 125cc and later Moto3 championship after racing in the Malaysian Cub Prix.
With that in mind, Zulfahmi further added, “The team has set no targets for me. As a wildcard, I think they view this as an opportunity to test the limits of their machine without dealing with the pressure of winning the Asian title. For me, I just hope to hold my own against the front group.”