BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
National cyclist Azmi Abdul Hadzid managed to defend his championship title in the Elite and U-23 category at the third episode of the Porsche Survivor Series, after finishing the race at a record time of 1:01:15.414 on a 1.2km route at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.
Fellow national cyclist Abdul Hadrie Morsidi, who was the champion of the first episode of the series, came second in the category, recording a time of 1:01:15.854.
The third place was claimed by Amiruddin Hj Mohd Amir who recorded a time of 1:01:16.080.
Meanwhile, the previous second runner-up, Mohd Radzi Tamat, only managed to secure the 8th spot in the race.
Other winners include Reduan Yusop in the Master category, Muhammadussowdeq Hj Mohd Hairolrani for Novice and Saifuddin Ibrahim for Veteran category.
Cyclists are also evaluated based on their performance throughout the race, with “sprint” points awarded to every top three cyclists at every five laps.
The Elite and U-23 ran for 30 laps, while the rest were 20 laps each.
Top sprinters yesterday was Abdul Hadrie for Elite and U-23, Reduan for Masters, Rozaine Hj Ratu for Veteran and Pg Nizem Pg Hj Matassan for Novice.
Currently, Azmi and Reduan topped the cumulative winning and sprinting points in their respective categories (295 points), making them the closest to being the best in their arenas.
The same goes to Muhammadussowdeq in the Novice category, who collected 195 overall points so far.
The fate of the cyclists will unfold in the final episode of the series, a 1.4km night race slated to be held in the capital on September 29.
The event is collaboratively held by the Persatuan Warganegara Malaysia (PWM), the Brunei Darussalam Cycling Federation (BCDF) and QAF Eurokars.
Presenting prizes to the winners yesterday was the second secretary at the Malaysian High Commission to Brunei, Mohd Ridduan Mohd Nor.