Team Proton R3 announced nine lady drivers and five local racers for its MSF-R3 Lady Drivers Search and Mentor Programme
Team Proton R3 has announced its list of contestants and mentorship programme for race teams competing in the Malaysia Speed Festival (MSF) series. Winning the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) and class victories at the World Rally Championship (WRC) level, as well as winning two overall Merdeka Millennium Endurance (MME) wins and four Sepang 1000km (S1K) victories, Proton’s performance arm hopes to dispense its experience via the MSF-R3 Lady Racers Search and MSF-R3 Mentor Programme.
The aim is to allow Malaysian racing drivers and teams to access information such as team management and car development techniques that will help to elevate their performance at national level events. Besides nurturing the grassroots, Team Proton R3 also took the opportunity to discover talented lady racers and giving them a head start in a male-dominated arena.
MSF-R3 Lady Racers Search
That said, Proton and R3 would like to change the narrative and give the lady drivers the chance to shine in motorsports, hence the MSF-R3 Lady Racers Search. From the initial pool of nine participants, three will be offered an opportunity to develop as racing drivers and participate in the 2019 edition of the S1K race, driving a Team Proton R3 prepared car.
Proton says that the selections will be based on how contestants perform in a series of on and off-track activities and will include being judged on criteria such as discipline, teamwork and commitment aside from their skill behind the wheel.
Contestants for MSF-R3 Lady Drivers Search:
Ng Aik Sha
Nurul Husna Nasharuddin
Nursharina Nor Ramlle
Dayangku Faratiwan Adnil
Umi Nasirah Sulaiman
Zaidah Mohd Ishak
Nor Azirah Mohd Azhar
MSF-R3 Racers Mentor Programme
As for the mentor programme, selected drivers and teams competing in the MSF SuperTurismo races using Proton vehicles will be supported by Team Proton R3 personnel for the remaining three events this year. Though each team will be independently run and managed, R3 will provide technical and set-up know-how before and during the race, with the specific aim to improve their performance and instil best industry practices.
Selected drivers and teams for MSF-R3 Racers Mentor Programme:
Mohd Hafiz Saad #248
Nik Shahrul Fadli Nik Mansor #141
Alban Raymond De Sauza #16
Muhammad Faishal Othman #180
Md. Shah Hashim #387