white MR2 attacking the corner
After the success of the first GRA Autocross at KLCC on last November, the organiser followed up with the highly anticipated second installment of the same event. This time with more participants and slightly altered course. I was there again as a spectator snapping pictures, perhaps I might take the dive and participate in the next round, we’ll have to see about that.
MC announcing as the red MR2 is getting ready
The results are posted here. Due to slightly longer straights and less turnings, the results are somewhat different from the previous event. For example, Julian Pang was not able to dominate with his Proton Wira 1.6 that is only equipped with the original engine.
Here are some photos I took at the event. I will be posting more photos in the gallery and some videos of the event in these few days. Enjoy!
Updated: Pictures are up at http://www.kydrives.net/gallery/v/GRAAutocrossJan2006KLCC/
Mickey doing his run, notice the taxi sign on top of his car
BF Goodrich sponsored car, Subaru Impreza
MR2 Mickey in his track car, ready to go
I went to the inaugural Grassroot Motorsport Autocross Event at KLCC on the 20th of November, 2005, as a spectator. I got to know of this event from MR2 Mickey, who is a participant, and an MR2 enthusiast.
The organising company, Grass Racing Autosports (GRA), accepted over 90 cars participating in 6 different categories in the event. Entry fee was only RM 65 per car per category per round. The affordability probably was the most important factor contributing to the high turn-out. GRA had to stop receiving applications early.
some of the participating cars
The categories were:
- Class A: Below 1300cc engine capacity
- Class B: 1301-1600cc engine capacity
- Class C: 1601-1900cc engine capacity
- Class D: 1901-2400cc engine capacity
- Class E: 2401cc and above engine capacity
- Class F: Sports Car Class
Class E has no restrictions on modifications, though car must retain it’s original dimension. Class F is any vehicle with open top/close top and two seater non turbo. Micro cars and K cars are not eligible into this class.
old school Datsun Fairlady Z
The event was hugely entertaining, with a very funny MC giving scores and witty comments during the entire afternoon. Some of his gems include:
- “kelisa pun lagi cepat” (even a kelisa is faster) – when commenting on the EVO 8
- “dia suka makan angin” (he loves sight seeing) – complaining cars running too slow
- “kalau pemandu tak berhati-hati, kita pula kena berhati-hati” (if the drivers are not careful, we’d have to becareful) – a spin on the slow drivers
a toyota MR2
Average runs are in the mid 40 seconds. The fastest time was by a Lotus Elise that recorded a below 39s. Mickey’s best run was 41.13 in his MR2. The Datsun Fairlady Z was the best entertainer of the day, spun out and decided to make donuts on the track and hit a few cones before finishing his run. The crowd went wild.
K cars too
There were lucky draws at the booth, with winners having a chance to sit in veteran racing and rally driver Ivan Khong’s BF Goodrich sponsored Subaru Impreza, or MR2 Mickey’s car for a taxi ride on the track. The taxi service isn’t your ordinary KLIA limo ride, it’s a high speed drift with two of the very experienced drivers. The winners had a great time, and I wonder if any of them peed in thier pants.
how can an auto event be complete without race queens?
For more info, join the GRA group at Yahoo.