Haikal brothers ready for Thailand Super Series in May 3-5

KUALA LUMPUR: Teenage brothers Hayden and Aaron Haikal will mount a two-car assault in the Super Eco Class of the Thailand Super Series (TSS) at Chang International Circuit from May 3-5.

Elder brother Hayden will also pull 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 third 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 six-car assault for V-Are Pro Garage Racing Team.

Hayden said he would be driving last year’s championship winning car but the vehicle has been improved and quicker compared to the last two 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,” he said.

Mercedes-AMG GT4.
Mercedes-AMG GT4.

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-AMG GT4.

He had earlier posted the fastest time during pre-season testing.

"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," he said.

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 one-hour GT4 race after completing his 12-lap Super Eco stint.


The move to Thailand by younger brother Aaron, 16, 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.
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