Autosprint Competition – Batu Kawan Stadium, P. Pinang
The Autosprint ‘Come-N-Try’ Competition (AC) was held in conjunction with
Francis Tan (fondly referred to by us as “Uncle”), Mike Tjoa and me woke up to a gradual start of a night of tyre-burning and turbo-charging event. We had all bunked at Francis’ humble abode the night before, preppSave Nowing our equipment and getting a set of rims and tires loaded in my car for the AC. I woke up the earliest; had errands to run - paid some bills, refueled the car, checked the tyre pressure etc.
We headed towards
We reached Batu Kawan Stadium at a little over and stuck around to see the MAM crew set up the track, the initiative of which was spearheaded by Peter Hansen (MAM’s chair person). Peter Hansen who was a professional racing driver took to the track in a Gen-2 R3 to test it out.
Here’s where it gets exciting!
When my turn came about, Mike and me realized that the set of rims (fifteens) and tires we brought all the way from KL had the wrong bolt plan, so I had to run on my seventeens. (Ouch!) 3-4 rounds on the track was all I could bear to stand. Even then, the wear is visible after a few handbrake turns… HE He he.
The track configuration was interesting.
From the starting line, a 20-meter dash into a 90 degree corner to right. Then, 2 cones which you’d have to maneuver around and then on, a clear 150 meter dash straight on (punched the throttle!!! Engine screams! RPM near red-line) right toward a cone where you’d have to do a 360 degree around (handbrake turn! Tires screeching for mercy!). Then, another 2 cones left and right (whooah…whooah) into a 3-cone slalom (zig-zag-zig…AAAaarrrhhhh!). Zip around that, and there were 2 tight zig-zag turns to do (this is where the tires were at their ends wits …J ) and finally, a tight left to the finish line, right to a screeching stop! (Phew!).
We volunteered as scrutinizers for this event. Mike and I started to go car-to-car of various sorts, from a stock Honda City right to a souped-up 2.0 litre Proton Wira turbo. Another highlight for me was a 1.3L Myvi with a Supercharger on the scene!! Bolted it on, this Xarrax Lee fellow!
Our job was to make sure the cars were safe to go into the track…In and out. No loose items or faulty parts. Basically, our motto was “No SAFE, No RACE”. It was an interesting assignment where all you had to do was wear a red ‘official’ MAM t-shirt and the drivers think you’re God! He He…
Class A: 2000cc and above (including turbo and supercharged cars)
Class B: 1600cc to 1999cc
Class C: 1300cc to 1599cc
Class D: 1000cc and below
The race was good! I particularly paid attention to Julian Phang (from KL), a seasoned driver with a 1.8L Proton Wira (LSD-equipped) and a female driver in a Starlet Turbo. Of course, there was a Toyota AE-86 “drifter” present who nearly took out the judges’ tent near the finish line (Whoops!). Above all that, Charlene Khoo and co-driver, Clement Yeo, both sharing a Perodua Kelisa took to the track with one of the best lap-time (in Class D, of course).
What amazed me was the age of some of these drivers. One of the teenagers, pointing to his car said to Mike and me, “This is my school-going car. At 27 cents per kilometer, expensive you know!” (He He…) When I was 18, I only had my trusty old mountain bike which averaged around zero to hundred (meters) in 15 seconds! Something like that .:)
Later during the race, YAB Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon, the Chief Minister of
We finished the runs by the next day and after manually computing the time for the drivers in the designated classes manually (cuz the time-keepers ran into some problems with the computer..*grin*). At in the morning, even using a calculator is challenging!
After the prize-giving ceremony by Peter Hansen, we vacated the scene to McDees for a really early breakfast and then to our hotel, the Golden Nasmir. Slept like a baby that night…ZZZzzzzzz .
I heard there’s gonna be another one in Kuantan before Ramadhan month… He he. If all goes well, I’ll be there to join in the fun!!!
To read more about autocross, check out also http://www.grassracingautosports.com