Qabil Irfan Azlan: A Young Prodigy's Triumph in the 2023 MiniGP World Series
BY: Michelle Liew
In a spectacular display of skill and determination, 11-year-old Qabil Irfan Azlan has emerged as the overall champion of the 2023 MiniGP World Series held in Valencia, Spain. The young rider's exceptional talent shone through as he secured a hat-trick of victories in Race 1, Race 2, and the Superfinal, held at the challenging Ricardo Tarmo Kart Circuit.
Qabil's remarkable performance, piloting his machine with precision and flair, earned him 100 points and the coveted title of overall champion in the fiercely competitive 160cc race category.
Expressing his joy and gratitude, Qabil remarked, "I'm really happy because I managed to score three wins today. Thank God I won the race today, and thanks to the crew of the ZK Racing team who prepared my machine. Not forgetting my father and mother who always support me." The Superfinal concluded with Qabil setting a record time of 14 minutes 08.764 seconds, cementing his dominance on the track.
The victory not only underscores Qabil's natural talent but also highlights the meticulous preparation and support provided by the ZK Racing team, showcasing the collaborative effort behind his success.
The overall standings reflected Qabil's supremacy, with Japanese rider Kotaro Togashi securing the second position with 76 points, closely followed by the Spanish rider Enzo Zaragoza in third place with 65 points.
In the thrilling Race 1, Qabil demonstrated his prowess by leading the pack despite fierce competition from Spanish riders Zaragoza and Togashi. Undeterred, the Terengganu-born rider clinched the championship with a remarkable time record of 10 minutes 24.656 seconds.
Race 2 presented a more challenging scenario as Qabil faced strong opposition from Zaragoza. Despite the intense competition, the young Malaysian rider showcased his tenacity by overtaking the Spanish contender, ultimately reclaiming the lead and securing victory with a record time of 10 minutes 26.086 seconds.
Qabil's consistent excellence throughout the races reflects not only his skill on the track but also his ability to maintain focus and composure under pressure. As he stood victorious in the final race, it marked not just the culmination of a thrilling competition but also the beginning of what promises to be a remarkable journey for this young prodigy in the world of motorcycle racing.
Qabil Irfan Azlan's triumph serves as an inspiration to aspiring riders and a testament to the limitless potential that can be unlocked with passion, dedication, and unwavering support. The future of motorcycle racing looks bright with talents like Qabil leading the way.