Most of you guys were wondering; what had happened to me during the Malaysian leg of the Formula Drift Asia. I didn’t compete nor did I turn up for any of the three days it was held on. My sponsorship for the event did not go through making me unable to join. I was disappointed as this is the first time I have not competed in this prestigious drift event.As the reason for me not making my appearance to the event ;Drifting is a great spectators sport but I make a lousy spectator so instead I had spent time preparing my car and joined the Conemasters series held in conjunction with ZTH’s Time to Attack event.
Having done 2 other autokhana/gymkhana events prior to this, I had a rough idea what needs to be done to the S13, Blackie, and had spent abit of time prior to the event, tweeking the car’s set up. Thanks to Kian for working on the car the whole day ,only to see me coming back the next day to do more adjustments. The car is far from perfect but it handles a lot better now than before
I arrived at Sepang, bright and a bit too early that day as the organisers were still in the process of setting up the course . Further more I was the only competitor there as no one had arrived yet..
However ,the organiser , Ben Lo being the kind soul he was , took the trouble to entertain me and also brought me around the course while I waited for the rest to arrive.
Soon the participants slowly made their appearance and we were then allowed to go out on our practice laps.
Conemasters have a different way of running their events where participants have an unlimited amount of practice runs within the given time as compared to single practice runs by other organisers.
Our timed runs also worked the same, where we are divided into our respective categories and were given unlimited runs within the time to each category.This gave the participants ample time to experiment and improve on our runs !
Being divided into different categories with its own time allocations gave us time to hang out, relax…
and also enjoy the side activities ..:)
However, it was all business when it was time to compete. Most notably were the AWD category where we see their times going down after each successive run!
The cool thing I like about autocrosser are they are always willing to share and help other competitors, two of the participants who help me the most were also my competitors fighting in the same category, Hafiz and Mickey which ended up sharing the podium with me!!
It goes without saying that I really did enjoy myself and was pleasantly surprised when I clocked the fastest time in the Rear Wheel Drive Category and 2nd fastest overall.
And the icing on the cake was the swag I had gotten for being champion; A car stereo player from Clarion, Shoes from DC, Motor Oil from Martini racing and vouchers and coupons from other sponsors!!
Many thanks to Ben lo and the crew of Conemasters!!