EZY Racing made yet another quantum leap to becoming a recognised motor racing team in Asia Pacific, when they signed up New Zealand driver Mike Young to represent EZY Racing Internationally in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship in 2015.
Young who is considered to be one of the best new prospects in the Asia Pacific Rally circuit and has won triple APRC titles two years in a row and finished second overall in the 2014 APRC drivers’ championship, will represent the Sri Lankan based Iconic Motor Racing team in this weekend’s Asia Pacific Rally Championship Australian leg, which will be held from the 19th to 21st June in Queensland Australia.
The Black and Red Team, who created history in the little South Asian island when they made an impact debut in 2014 in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship, completed a successful inaugural year internationally.
“2014 was a year of learning for us. When we first competed in Malaysia we realized the demands of the sport if we were to be a front running contender. Throughout the season we kept analysing the gap we had in multiple facets to the front running teams. In 2015, we had to look at the sport from a fresh perspective. We realized that if we’re to achieve our goal of making meaningful strides towards becoming a recognized motor racing team in the Asia Pacific region, we had to shake ourselves and move out of our comfort zone. Signing up with Mike (Young) was the first step in this shake up ” Said Shafraz Hamzadeen, who incorporated the team in 2009.
“Mike has been the most exciting prospect that APRC has unearthed during the last five years. He has made his presence felt in APRC by winning Rallies amongst the big boys while competing in the Junior Rally Championship which runs within the Asia Pacific Rally Championship. This year Mike has officially graduated to compete in his first season outside of Junior Championship. We are very excited to partner with him on this new journey of his,” added Hamzadeen.
Mike Young began his racing career at the tender age of 8 in Karting and at the age of 18, entered his first rally, the 2011 Rally of New Zealand in a Nissan March. He won his class in that event and has not looked back since. In the same year Young competed in the Malaysian Rally Championship and a one-off event with the Cusco Racing team at Rally Hokkaido – the start of a four year partnership.
Young will be driving a Cusco powered Subaru WRX in the 2015 season. Japan based Cusco Racing have been an active part of APRC for over ten years and an instrumental part of Young’s graduation process, starting with three years in two-wheel drive cars and in 2015 progressing to turbo-charged four-wheel drive which will power Mike and EZY Racing.