HRH graces BSB go-kart race

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ROADS in the capital turned into a race course yesterday as local and international go-kart drivers battled for top honours in the Brunei Darussalam Karting Championship 2013.

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik flagged off the finals in the afternoon, where 60 go-kart drivers whizzed along a section of McArthur Road and Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Road as hundreds of spectators gathered to watch the championship race.

Upon his arrival at the Royal Wharf, the prince was greeted by the Acting Home Affairs Minister, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof.

Accompanying HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik at the event was Yang Amat Mulia Pg Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pg Anak Hj Abdul Rahim.

The prince then flagged off the finals for the Novice and Elite races, which consisted of 20 laps covering a total distance of 24km.

Yang Amat Mulia Pg Anak Hj Abd Ghaffar Pg Anak Hj Idris emerged as the winner in the Novice category, followed by another local Faadzil Aziiz Hj Besar and Malaysia’s Wong Chuo Yap from Miri, Sarawak.

Meanwhile, four-time champion Ammirol Ahmad Mahmud, who is also from Miri, Sarawak, dominated the Elite category, beating Brunei’s go-kart drivers Muhd Jeffrey Abd Suresh and Mohd Diaud’ain Hj Daud.

Trophies, medals and prizes were presented by HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik to the winners of the Novice and Elite races as well as the Veteran finals.

The Veteran finals took place earlier in the day, where John Liew Teck Khiong scored first place ahead of runner-ups Han Wee Yiau and Johnny Kwa. HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik also received a pesambah from the Acting Home Affairs Minister.

Prior to concluding the event, the prince toured the pit stop area and interacted with the go-kart drivers.

Organised by the Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Department and Ministry of Home Affairs, the annual championship race marked the 43rd anniversary of the capital’s change in name from Bandar Brunei to Bandar Seri Begawan.

A total of 60 go-kart drivers, including nine international participants from countries including India and Oman, took part in this year’s event.

The Brunei Times