Zul­fahmi ready for a Su­per time

New Straits Times - - Sport - By Farah Azharie

FIN­ISH­ING fifth yesterday in prac­tice has made rider Zul­fahmi Khairud­din feel he is ready for to­day’s World Su­per­sport Cham­pi­onship at the Chang In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit in Thai­land.

How­ever, Zul­fahmi ad­mit­ted it has not been ex­actly smooth sail­ing as he faced some prob­lems with his Kawasaki ZX-6R.

“I had a bit of en­gine trou­ble on the first day and was un­able to get the lap time that I aimed for, but it was much bet­ter dur­ing the su­per­pole,” he said.

The Orelac Rac­ing VerdNatura rider clocked 1:38.205s, just 0.522 sec­onds be­hind leader, Frend­man Jules Cluzekl of CIA Land­lord In­surance.

Wild card Chalermpo Po­la­mai shone on home soil with third, clock­ing 1:38.130s, rac­ing for Yamaha Thai­land Rac­ing Team.

Zul­fahmi’s team­mate, Spa­niard Na­cho Calero ended 21st with 1:39.517s.

Un­der the new rules for 2017, those who fin­ish race one in po­si­tions one to three will have their po­si­tions re­versed and they move back to row three (po­si­tions seven to nine) with rows two and three (po­si­tions four to nine) mov­ing up three places.

“I just hope that I don’t suf­fer the same fate as the first day and hope­fully I get to achieve my tar­get be­cause start­ing in fifth will cer­tainly make it eas­ier for me to main­tain,” said Zul­fahmi.

The race in Thai­land will be more open as main con­tenders such as reign­ing world cham­pion Ke­nan Sofu­golu (Kawasaki Puc­cetti Rac­ing) and ri­val Jules Cluzel (CIA Land­lord In­surance Honda) side­lined due to in­juries.

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