Stratos Motorsports was formed in May 2010 by its team principal James Russell. The main goal of the team is to win as many races as it can, and to always provide the best service to its drivers. Initially the team was a relatively small outfit with only two drivers in the 2010 season and one other employee, steadily building in size to the outfit as it is today.
In its first full year in 2011, Stratos won three championship titles: the Rotax Max Challenge DD2 title, All Star Karting KF3 title, as well as the Malaysian Karting Championship Junior title. In 2012 there were 19 podium places in the bag including six first places, plus two of our drivers (Daniel Woodroof and Silvano Christian) won places in the Rotax Grand Finals in Portugal.
The team’s workshop is located in Selangor, Malaysia. We’re just 10 minutes from the Speedway PLUS Subang circuit, and about 30 minutes from the Sepang Karting Circuit.
James started karting in early 2001, winning multiple races and a championship in 2003. He moved on to single seaters and rallying up until 2010 when a lack of funds caused him to stop. During this time and since he worked with many teams involved in rallying, Formula BMW and more recently karting.
Mohd Rizal Bin Abdul Kahar (Ejai)
Ejai has been in the karting industry for over a decade, working with many of the country’s top drivers and helping many of them to win championships over the years. He started working with Stratos in 2011 and oversees all of the engine building. He works closely with Silvano Christian at race events.
Daniel Woodroof is an accomplished Malaysian race car and kart driver. He started in karting where he took numerous wins together with Stratos Motorsports in the Rotax Max Challenge and Asian Kart Open Championship. In 2013 he raced in the Meritus Asia Cup in Formula BMW single-seaters taking many wins, coming 3rd in the final championship standings, and first in the Malaysian championship.
Chia Wing Hoong
Chia Wing Hoong is a Malaysian race car driver who has raced internationally for over a decade. Over his career, Wing has competed at the top levels of motorsports, which includes British F3, Formula Renault NEC & Japanese F4. Wing also had an extensive karting career in Europe & Asia. In Europe he competed in series such as World Series Karting, X30 World Final & X30 Challenge Europa. In 2017, Wing raced his first full season of karting in Asia under Stratos Motorsports where he won the Southeast Asian Championship in X30 Super Shifter.
Timothy Yeo is an experienced Malaysian racing driver who started driving at the age of 6 and has competed in karting, GT cars, drifting and single seater races all over Asia. Timothy has driver coached for leading karting teams in South East Asia since 2016 and has won multiple Malaysian Karting Championship titles, including race wins and podiums in the Rotax Asia Max Challenge and Asian Karting Open Championship.
Media and PR
Yvonne, apart from being James Russell’s mother, has also been helping out with the team with the Media and Public Relations side as well as handling finances. She is also responsible for the creation and publication of the popular Asian Karting Yearbook.