S'pore karter, 15, retains Asian crown

S'pore karter, 15, retains Asian crown
Daim Hishammudin retained his title by finishing 64 points ahead of his closest competitor.

All season, local karter Daim Hishammudin has had to cope with the pressure of retaining his Asian junior crown.

But while others might have found the going hard, the 15-year-old Singaporean did not buckle.

On Saturday, he kept his crown, finishing 64 points ahead of Malaysia's Mitchell Cheah in the Rotax Max Challenge Asia series.

Indonesia's Presley Martono was third.

Being the defending champion, there were naturally more eyes focused on him this season - 35 competitors in his junior category, compared to fewer than 30 last year.

"I know others are watching me but I tend not to be bothered about these things," he said over the phone from Pekan, Malaysia, where he won the last round of the season. "I just focus on myself and my races.

"This season felt easier than the last as we had good set-up in our car and it was faster."

Out of the year's six rounds, the Caterham Racing Academy driver took the chequered flag four times.

He finished second and fifth in the other two races.

So commanding was his lead that all he needed on Sunday to retain his title was a top-14 finish in the pre-final.

Starting fifth on Saturday, he snatched the lead from the fifth lap and never looked back.

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