The next Sepang Drag Battle falls on the 17th of December, 2005. This will be the 3rd event I am attending in the past 2 months, as spectators, for now anyway. First was the GRA autocross event at KLCC on the 20th November, and then the Drift Gateaway at Port Dickson on 3rd and 4th December. The local racing scene is alive and well.
This event will start on Saturday evening at 5pm, with the Sepang Drift Exhibition, at the same time the registration, scrutineering, and driver briefing for the drag race will be commencing. Trial runs is scheduled from 9 to 9:30pm with the actual competition from 9:15 to past midnight. Paddock access is opened to all tickets at 1am for everyone to look at the cars and mingle with the drivers, and of course, race queens.
Some pictures of the 4th Sepang Drag Battle posted by cheaka can be found here.
More information at zerotohundred forum, though kinda lacking in updates.
Video from the Drift Gateaway @ Port Dickson, Sunday 4th December, 2005. A great piece of driving showed by one of the drifters as he navigated his way through two spun out cars and avoided contact.
I attended the Sync Optima Drift Gateaway at Port Dickson last Sunday. It was a two day event on the 3rd and 4th of December. However, I only attended the sunday session as a spectator. The previous owner of my car, who had participated in drift events with the MR2, was also at the event. This time as a spectator since he is currently lack of a drift car, I doubt I’m giving the car the continuation anytime soon.
I reached the venue, Extreme Park at Palm Resort City, Port Dickson, at around after lunch hour after navigating my way to PD for the first time. As I get down the car I could already hear the screeching sound of tyres against the mortar muffling the engine noise in the background.
There were a few dozen cars in the event consisting of mainly old school toyotas (KE70) and nissans, and a some newer models such as nissan 180sx, 240sx, skyline, silvia, and mazda mx5. These cars power through the rear wheel, or in the case of the skyline, all wheels. This is of course, essential for drifting.
The course is designed for go-karts racing, so naturally it is pretty short and tight. There were some pretty good drivers showing their sideway mad skills. However, as there were around half a dozen cars on the track at one time, a single car spinning out meant the whole track needed to be stopped, and that was pretty frequent. The Pajero had to tow cars out of the ditch quite a few times.
Other than drifting, there were a few show cars at the event. Including a Lamborghini, a Ferrari 348, and a BMW 3 series with lotsa CF panels.
We left at around 4pm to avoid the insane ‘back to KL’ Sunday traffic on the highway. Can’t wait for the next Autocross.
Will try to post up some videos next.
Results from the Grass Racing Autocross event at KLCC is out at the group mailing list at yahoo grassracingautosports group. Click on the link to join the group. View the entire post for all results.
Class A: Below 1300cc
1st: Andy Kow, 42.35s
2nd: Chan Yau Koon, 42,47s
3rd: Faisal Asri (Ah Fai), 44.03s
Click here for higher resolution result photo of Class A.
Class B: 1301cc to 1600cc
1st: Julian Pang, 41.28s
2nd: Soo Sing Kuan, 42.25s
3rd: Ho Wai Kok, 42.97s
5th: Mohd. Zulhazmi, 43.44s (Fastest Novice)
Click here for higher resolution result photo of Class B.
Class C: 1601cc to 1900cc
1st: Julian Pang, 39.13s
2nd: Vernon Chan, 41.87s (Novice 1st)
3rd: Hammad Lai, 43.06
Click here for higher resolution result photo of Class C.
Class D: 1901cc to 2400cc
1st: Julian Pang, 41.31s
2nd: Yogaretnam, 44.63s
3rd: Damian Goh Ling Fong, 44.72s
Click here for higher resolution result photo of Class D.
Class E: Open Class
1st: Austin Teng Tu Siang, 39.28s
2nd: Dominic Ang, 40.56s
3rd: Marcus Chye, 40.85s
Click here for higher resolution result photo of Class E.
Class F: Sports Car Class
1st: Marcus Chye, 38.51s
2nd: Dominic Ang, 39.97s
3rd: Austin Teng Tu Siang, 40.12s
4th: Johnson Tan Soo Lim, 44.88s (Novice 1st)
Click here for higher resolution result photo of Class F.
K-Car Award – Below 1000cc
1st: Andy Kow, 42.35s (Novice 1st)
2nd: Chan Yau Koon, 42.47s
3rd: Faisal Asri (Ah Fai), 44.03s
Click here for higher resolution result photo of K-Car Award.
Video from Autocross KLCC, 20th November 2005. This old school Datsun Fairlady Z had made an almost decent last run, until the last 360 whereby the inadvertently spun out. Instead of continuing the run to the last bend, the Fairlady decided to make a few more donuts and hit a cone before gong out in a cheer.
It was unfortunate that I didn’t get his previous run where the car went wild on the course and spun 3-4 donuts knocking everything down and created a smoke so thick it probably caused a few spectator lung cancer. View the rest of the entry to see the video.