| Fadhil Yunus |
Brunei’s experienced go-kart racer Jeffrey Suresh has retired from competitive racing after 20 years in the circuit.
Jeffrey, who had announced his decision to retire after winning the Rotax Max Challenge (RMC) Brunei recently, came in second in the elite category final at the BSB Go-Kart Race, which was held in conjunction with the 44th anniversary of the renaming of Bandar Brunei to Bandar Seri Begawan yesterday.
“It is now the time to retire. Now it’s time to concentrate on my kids and get the new generation going,” Jeffrey said. “It is a nice chapter closed and time to open up a new chapter for my kids.
“A lot of my peers told me that it maybe too soon but my kids have become my priority. My whole family had been informed of my decision at the beginning of the year itself.”
Jeffrey will continue to play an instrumental role in the development of go-kart racing by staying involved in the organising side.
“I still bring local riders overseas as an advisor. I will still be involved,” he added.
Jeffrey said the current development of go-kart racing in Brunei “was not bad”, with the country boasting 40 active karters.
However, Jeffrey believes if proper facilities were available, the sport could attract more karters.
“Every country now has its own racing track and a controlled environment for youth. This bodes well for them to be role models.”
A holder of multiple local championships, the seasoned Maju Advance Motorsports driver wrapped up the title after accumulating enough points from the previous legs.
He also acknowledged that the Brunei Darussalam Go-Karting Association had done well to successfully implement a championship series, which was already in its third year.