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HAIKAL BROTHERS TO MOUNT AN ASSAULT ON THE 2024 THAILAND SUPER SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP


Teenage brothers Hayden and Aaron Haikal will mount a two-car assault in the Super Eco Class of the Thailand Super Series (TSS) from 3-5 May at the Chang International Circuit, with elder brother Hayden pulling double duty to also make his debut in the Supercar GT4 Championship.
For Hayden, 19, this will be his third year competing in the championship after finishing overall runner-up in 2022 and coming in 3rd overall last year essentially becoming the youngest and most decorated foreign driver to compete in TSS.
Representing a new team this year – also the overall championship winning team in 2023 – Hayden will be piloting a Suzuki Swift and has been handed the mandate to lead a 6-car assault for V-Are Pro Garage Racing Team.


“On paper, I will be driving last year’s championship winning car, and a car that is a lot better and quicker compared to the last 2 years. This should make a very big difference to my hopes of clinching the overall championship this time. However, there are new regulations being put in place this season to ensure a balance of performance and to reduce the dominance of the Suzuki Swift to make the racing even closer. Hopefully this will not have too much of an adverse impact on the car,” said Hayden.
Moving up the ranks, Hayden will also be making his debut in the TSS The Super Series Supercar GT4 Class behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz AMG GT4. He had earlier posted the fastest time during pre-season testing.


“Testing has been extremely positive and promising. Driving a GT4 car is entirely on a different level and it requires me to be very precise with everything. The speeds are definitely a lot higher and this also means different braking points. The decision to move up to GT4 is very much in line with aspirations to develop as a professional driver and to compete in the higher classes of racing. This however, is on a per
round basis, and continuity will greatly depend on whether I can raise sufficient sponsorship moving forward.”
Pulling double duty over a race weekend does however, have its sacrifices and this means Hayden will have less than 30 minutes to get ready for the 1-hour GT4 race after completing his 12-lap Super Eco stint.
For 16-year-old and younger brother Aaron, the move to Thailand comes on the back of several notable podium finishes in the GAZOO Racing Vios Challenge and GAZOO Racing Sprint Cup. He will join Pipekids Racing, the team his brother Hayden had propelled to third overall in the Super Eco Class last year.
“I’m really grateful that the team has placed their trust in me. I’m obviously very excited as this will be my first international race. My expectations going into Round 1 is to finish in the top 10 as this is an extremely competitive class,” said Aaron.


“Much of the focus will be to adjust the setup of the car for maximum performance. This will help set the foundation for my performance throughout the championship. The fact that Hayden proved the car is capable of winning last year assures me that the car is capable of winning hence boosting my confidence level.
“I’ve not had the opportunity to test the car yet but I really admire the energy of Pipekids Racing.
Despite this being only their second year in the championship, the team has made tremendous progress and is super committed in improving their performance. They’ve gone through a steep learning curve and I’m proud with what they’ve achieved in such a short period of time. I am equally committed to giving my best to help the team achieve more this year.

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