“Maybe one day I can bring home a World Title” – Ming
By Akeem Greene
“I just love racing and would like to get on top. I would like to go towards Formula One or Indy Car and maybe one day I can bring home a world championship title”. Those were the words of overseas-based Formula four driver Calvin Ming in an interview with <<Guyana Times Sport>> on Tuesday.
Ming raced his way into the history books by becoming the first Guyanese driver to win the Mexican NACAM FIA Formula 4 championship series which he accomplished last weekend.
Competing at the world famous Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Formula 1 Circuit in Mexico City, the 20 year-old sealed the top spot due to calculated and clinical driving.
Commenting on the achievement, the son of former local speed ace Stanley Ming acknowledged that he is still a bit dazed.
“Becoming the first Guyanese F4 champion is an amazing feeling. Whole year I had my eyes set on it, I have been training every day and I did not want anything but the championship , so being able to accomplish my goal is a great feeling”.
After 23 rounds of racing, the RAM Racing Driver accumulated 399 points ahead of Mexicans Jose Sierra (336) and Alexis Carreio (254).
“Before the weekend, I knew I was leading by 55 points and I calculated everything I needed to win. I already calculated the places I needed to finish and what places my opponents needed to finish in order for me to win”, Ming explained.
Though there was much joy and the ‘champagne party’ on the podium, the aspiring mechanical engineer revealed that the season had its ups and downs.
“The high point was wining my first race at the famous F1 track [Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit] and then winning here again to seal the podium finish was a great feeling. The lows were not being able to finish some races that I was leading, due to gear problems and the other after being involved in a major accident”.
With the F4 title now under his belt, the youth sensation is hoping to now venture into F3 but will first enjoying his recent success and relax with family members.
He expressed gratitude for the support of his father, who has been his main driving force since the age of six, giving both moral and financial support. In addition, he thanked his sponsors and team RAM Racing for their behind the scene help.
In giving a word of advice to his fans and upcoming motor racers he emphasised the point of remaining determined.
“For the fans back home thanks for all the support and never give up at your dreams because they are a lot of people that keep telling you that can’t but if you keep trying you will be able to do it, nothing is impossible”,