YOUNGSTER Daniel Rao made some waves in the opening round of the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) GT Sports Production Championship at the Sepang Circuit recently.
The 14-year-old former karter was the youngest ever driver in the series and proved he was no pushover when he finished sixth overall in his debut on board a BMS R1 car.
The lack of sponsorship as he looked to move into single-seaters did not stop the promising karter from pursuing his dreams and his prayers were answered when the Hampshire Automotive Racing Team (HART) came calling.
HART gave Daniel a brand new factory sports production BMS R1 which was specially built and one of only two of its kind in the world.
Though the car was never tested before and they needed a lot of feedback to improve the machine, the owner of Hampshire Group, Joe Lim, gave Daniel the chance to race and develop the car.
HART technical director Andrew Windebank was flown in from Hong Kong to oversee the whole racing operation and to guide Daniel.
In his first ever drive in his new BMS R1 car, Daniel made full use of all his experience and skills to test the car at the Sepang International Circuit.
Though the car still needs development, Daniel managed to finish sixth overall in his first GT race on such a short practice in a powerful machine.