ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Sunday, September 5, 2010 – Maarof Mahari the sole racer from Brunei Darussalam who will make his debut in the F1 World Powerboat Championship in the Grand Prix of China in October will test his racing power first in Kanowit, Sarawak from Sept 17-18.
The 46-year-old retired soldier will take part in two categories - 60 horsepower race and F3000 his two specialties.
When contacted yesterday, Maarof said this was a very good opportunity for him to exercise his vast experience and to improve his skills before heading to China.
"Currently, I am also having my own training in Belait and in addition, this upcoming race in Kanowit, is a bonus for me as it will really help with my preparation to strengthen my fitness before the October race," said Maarof.
Maarof who will be racing for Siong Racing Team will take part in three races in China.
They will be competing first in Linyi (Oct 2-3) before heading to Liuzhou (Oct 16-17) and the final race in Shenzhen (Oct 23-24).
The tough-looking Maarof who started his career in the powerboat arena in 1990 in the 40 horsepower said with regard to the race in China: "This is not only about me but this is for the beloved country and the people here in Brunei Darussalam. I do hope that more support will be given to us."
He is confident that he can make the cut in the race with the help of the crew members and his experience.
"I am sure this will not be easy for us but we will give a try and deliver our best. As long as we are given the same engine and boat like the other racers, I believe we can compete against them," said Maarof.
Maarof is set to race against the likes of world professional drivers such as Thani Al Qamzi, Jay Price, Ahmed Al Hameli, Sami Selio and Francesco Cantando who currently sits in the top five of the Drivers World Championship 2010 table. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin
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