Joining GTR24h for the remainder of the 2021 Endurance eRacing World Championship is one of Asia’s oldest sim racing teams – Axle Sports, which was founded by racing driver Alex Yoong back in 2008.
Yoong made a name for himself in racing, being the only Malay driver to ever compete in Formula One, along with plenty of experience that saw him compete at the 24 Heures du Mans in 2006 and 2007. In his first year at Circuit de la Sarthe, he picked up the “Rookie of the Year” award.
He also has three Audi R8 LMS Cup titles to his name, and his 30 years of experience in racing has helped him to establish this well-experienced team, which also has a Driver Academy and a talent development scheme. Focusing on endurance racing, Axle Sports have showcased both success out in the sim racing world, along with helping to promote it both in Asia and from a global perspective.
Some of the very best racing talents in Asia are a part of this crew, who will be joining the ranks of the DPi Class for both 24 hour races at Spa and Le Mans – we are really looking forward to seeing them compete against the likes of Satellite Racing, Viadukten, and Omicron Racing.
First up, Mika Hakimi, who races both in real life and in the sim racing world, took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, along with being current championship leader in HME F1. He also dovetails this as being a works driver for Toyota Gazoo Racing Malaysia. The second racer in this team, who also is a Toyota Gazoo Racing factory driver is Naquib Azlan. He also took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual and a eRacingGP Champion. Completing the line-up is a McLaren Shadow Asia Pacific Champion in the form of Josh Purwien and Skip Barber iRacing Champion and real-life racing driver and coach, Mikko Nassi.
This is a team that definitely will deliver some great racing in the DPI class and some needed competition it deserves. We welcome Axle Sports to the series with their entry and look forward to the interviews, their driving and also their stories.