Winner Nazrie flanked by Azlan (in yellow suit) and Zulkhairi...
They're off...in the grand final race of rd 3...
Nazrie, #5, led a clsoe battle in the heats...
Good crowds during the night had an exciting time...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Sunday, 16 September 2007: Nazrie Ramli of Team Titiwangsa finally chalked up a win in the NFC Open Speedway championship after playing the bridesmaid in round 1 and round 2.
Nazrie clinched the top podium step of Saturday nights’ Round 3 of the Open Category held at the Speedway Circuit at the Family Park near the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex in the absence of previous rounds winner Rody Sofian Buang of Team Seri Putra who was out injured. Credit should however not to be taken from the 28 year-old rider as he had to endure breakdowns to his bike twice in the earlier preliminary heats. Mohd Azlan Abdullah of Team Nova made his first podium win to finish second while Team Motivasi’s Mohd Zulkhairi Johar was third.
“It's been a dream race. It was probably the most difficult race I have ever done as I could not relax for one minute with the (bike) technical failure and all. The pressure was on me all the time,” said Nazrie who now topped the overall standings with 34 points.
“I have been waiting for a long time. After tonight, I’ve got more confidence and looking forward to win the remaining round 4,” he added.
In the final round, Nazrie was involved in a very close fight with Mohd Azlan, Mohd Zulkhairi and Azmi Kaseran of Team Seri Putera. However, he had a good drive at the final corner to beat Mohd Azlan to the top of the podium.
“The race tonight has certainly been one of the highlights of my racing career,” said Mohd Azlan. “Everybody was extremely competitive and things are expected to step up again in Round 4. I want to work harder so that I can experience the feeling of being on the podium again,” said the former motocross rider.
With this win, Nazrie now joins 6 other riders selected for Speedway Malaysia’s JAWA 500cc bikes training programme. The other riders selected based on their winning performances in the NFC Speedway championships are Rody Sofian Buang (26), Muhd Helmy Hamzah (18), Mohd Abdussobur Turino (20), Mohd Haniff Borhan (21), Mohd Ariff Mohd Ali (21) and Azizi Anuar (24).
Speedway Malaysia’s consultant Hanifah Yoong said, “The first training session was held last Friday and the next session will be on Sept 21. Nazrie will join the six riders selected earlier and train under former British Speedway racer who is also Speedway Malaysia resident trainer Linden Warner,”
A total of six teams competed in last night’s race. The teams are Team Titiwangsa, Team Maxi Alpha, Nova Racing Team, Team Seri Putra, Team Motivasi and Team Samudera.
The NFC Speedway championships, organised by the Malaysia Motorsports Organisers and Competitors Association (MMOCA) and promoted by Speedway Malaysia, is held every Saturday night at the Family Park near the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex until October.
Top six results, Round 3, Open : Nazrie Ramli/Team Titiwangsa -12 pts, Mohd Azlan Abdullah/Nova Racing Team - 11 pts, Mohd Zulkhairi Johar /Team Motivasi -10 pts , Nur Azman Masdar /Team Titiwangsa- 9 pts, Azmi Kaseran/ Team Seri Putra – 8 pts, Amli Jamat / Nova Racing Team – 7 pts
Top 6 championship points after Round 3: Nazrie Ramli/ Team Titiwangsa – 34 pts, Azmi Kaseran/ Team Seri Putra - pts, Mohammad Azlan Abdullah/Nova Racing Team -26 pts, Rody Sofian Buang/Team Seri Putera – 24 pts, Amli Jamat/ Nova Racing Team – 22 pts, Nur Azman Masdar/Team Titiwangsa- 20 pts