Entering its third edition, the SIC Motorsports Association of Malaysia Awards is the most prestigious awards event of the year for Malaysian motorsports.
Prime Minister YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as conferred the PETRONAS SIC Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM) Awards 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions and undying support towards Malaysian motorsports industry.
From conceiving the idea of having a national car, thus paving the way for the development of local talents and technology in the automotive industry, to the brainchild behind the build-up of Sepang International Circuit (SIC) and inspiring Malaysians to make a mark in motorsports both locally and internationally, Tun Dr. Mahathir has been instrumental in bringing Malaysia to a higher degree of capacity and capability.
Tun Dr. Mahathir is the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, conferred at the PETRONAS SIC Motorsports Association of Malaysia Awards held at the W Kuala Lumpur.
This year, Malaysia’s integrated oil and gas company PETRONAS has partnered with SIC and MAM in bringing recognition to the icons and heroes of Malaysian motorsports, while premium eyewear Oakley was the official eyewear sponsor for the event.
Also present at the ceremony are Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia, YB Tuan Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, YB Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi and Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, President & Chief Executive Officer, PETRONAS.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of Motorsports Association of Malaysia and also Chief Executive Officer of Sepang International Circuit, Dato’ Razlan Razali said, it was a great privilege to honour Tun Dr. Mahathir at Malaysia’s premier motorsports awards.
“Tun Dr. Mahathir is, by and large, the person responsible for the spark that started the evolution of modern day motorsports in Malaysia, said Dato’ Razlan.
“Ever since the creation of the Sepang International Circuit in 1999 and introduction of Formula One in Malaysia and South East Asia, Malaysia’s motorsport talents have achieved tremendous success locally and abroad. Within less than 20 years we have young Malaysians racing at the highest level in world motor racing such as Alex Yoong in Formula one, Hafizh Syahrin in MotoGP and our first Malaysian team of Jazeman Jaafar, Nabil Jefri and Weiron Tan in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“Therefore, we hope the recognition given to the winners tonight will continue to be a stimulus for everyone involved – competitors, teams, officials, media, clubs, corporations and fans – in bringing the industry to a higher level,” added Dato’ Razlan.
The winners of the awards are as follows:
Lifetime Achievement Award
● YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
The inductees to the Malaysian Motorsports Hall of Fame are as follows:
● Allen Oh
● Ng Wai Leong
● Jazeman Jaafar
● Nabil Jeffri
● Weiron Tan
● Kuan Huah Chin (Bulldog Kuan)
PETRONAS International Driver of the Year
● Jazeman Jaafar (WEC)
PETRONAS International Rider of the Year
● Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah (MotoGP)
SIC Best National Driver of the Year
● Mark Darwin
SIC Best National Rider of the Year
● Muhammad Helmi Azman
SIC Best National Team (2 Wheels)
● SCK Rapido Hi-Rev Honda Racing
SIC Best National Team (4 Wheels)
● Dream Chaser
Most Inspiring Female Motorsports Athlete
● Leona Chin
SIC Best e-Motorsport Athlete
● Ady Rahimy & Angeline Lee
Most Improved Driver of the Year
● Brendan Paul Anthony
Most Improved Rider of the Year
● Danial Syahmi Shahril
KBS Motorsports Development Award
● Danial Syahmi Shahril
Malaysia Motorsports People’s Choice Award
● Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah