Red Bull Rookies announces all-female racing team lineup

BY Burnpavement

The upcoming Sepang 1000KM race will be graced by an all-female race team, the Red Bull Rookies. Puteri Ayu Jasmin, Carmen Lim, Noradzlianayati Abdul Radzak and Melline Jaini make up the team.

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The line-up was announced by the team manager, Mr Kenvin Low after their night practise session at Sepang Circuit. The team spent several days last week evaluating before selecting drivers to take the wheel this year. Drivers were evaluated on the basis of their skill on the track and ability to work as a team. The team also announced its fifth member, Lee Hui Jing as reserve driver.

Commenting on their selection, Kenvin said “Puteri is at a point where she can bring home wins and make a run for the race. Carmen, Liana and Melline earned their spot by exceeding our expectations during the trainings”.

“We have been working on this project since December 2009. Our main goal was to put together a group of the right girls to represent the Red Bull Rookies. We are very happy with our current driver line-up; not only will we be able to take part in the race, but there is a great shot at exceeding the benchmark set previously,” he added.

Puteri Ayu Jasmin is no stranger to the local motorsport scene and is entering her third year of racing under Red Bull Rookies. Puteri brings with her a wealth of experience having competed in the Merdeka Millenium Endurance Race in 2008 and in the inaugural Sepang 1000KM race last year.

“We are hoping to build on our successes from previous years and maintain our 100% finish record,” said Puteri. “It is going to be exciting with the driver line-up that we have, there are some vast skills, some raw talent and a lot of passion in the team. We have a competitive car, and we are incredibly enthusiastic about the team's performance on race day,” she added.

“Having the chance to be part of the Red Bull Rookies this year is incredible for me and a major step in my career. Obviously, what they've been able to accomplish in the last two years is unbelievable, which makes this an ideal situation for me to push myself further,” said Carmen Lim.

Liana and Melline, both from Brunei Darussalam are ecstatic to be racing for the first time. “It's an honor to be representing the team,” said Liana. “It was a big deal for me, personally, to get this opportunity to race with an all-female team. Our goal is to give our level best and have a lot of fun during the race.” “I am extremely happy to be given this chance. My focus is on preparing as thoroughly as possible for the upcoming race. I hope I will do my country proud as well” said Melline.