If there was movie made of Jane and I about this event, it would be entitled; “Screwed up but Happy”. Yes, I was knocked out early in the tandem runs and Jane unfortunately wasn’t able to qualify due to a freak spin right at the finish line!! So what are we happy so about, you may ask?; well the event had not only showed Jane and I our weaknesses but also our strong points.
photo by Andrew Khoo
I had a great practice run, good tandem practice run but screw up when it mattered ;I fumbled at the start, allowing my competitor to take off ahead of me and I initiated early and took a line at the “dirty” part of the track causing me to half spin; a case of the nerves I would say
photo by Andrew Khoo
Jane due to feeling under the weather ,apart from nerves ,drifted way below par of what she usually is. Proper preparation is in order!
One thing I am most excited about was having the opportunity to be part of Tayaria’s Kumho family whom graciously sponsored me for this event. Yes it was a bit suicidal to be drifting on tires I had never used before on an event such as this. However from what I heard, I knew the tires were good. The thing was I did not realised how good they were!!! The limits were astoundingly higher than the tires I had used before which takes a bit getting used to! By my 3rd lap I was able to push the car harder than what I could on other tires! I had decided earlier this year that 2011 was to be filled with research and developments . 2012 is where I will go all out and it certainly I am on track!!!
Also climbing on board with us this year is Momentum with the Alpinestar gears we adorned. Thanks a million!
Jane has decided to forgo upcoming International events and will be concentration on local events where she excels in. One step at a time as she slowly work her way up thus avoiding unnecessary pressure on herself
We honestly can’t wait for 2012. Bring it on!!!
In conjunction with the Formula Drift Malaysia 2011, ESPN StarSports and Tune Talk had invited Jane and I to be a part of their roadshow and drift demo. Being a week before the competition , we opted to not use our competition car for this even and brought J4M8u and M3R4H instead.
The event started off with us meeting up at ground zero, Dataran Merdeka , the location for FD Malaysia.
From there we made our way through the streets of KL , escorted by 5 Police out riders , holding traffic for us..how cool is that??
Finally we made our way to Stadium Merdeka where Rock The World Adrenaline 2011 was being held. We managed to entertain the huge crowd present with the limited space given and basically hung out till it was time to go.
photo from www.cheryl-tay.com
Once again, held at the SIngapore F1 Paddock, the 2011 edition of Formula D singapore had Cheaka and I were egar to begin this session after a not so good ( :p) 2010 FD season last year!!Practice went great for both of us . The changes I had made in the S13 proved to have work beautifully and Jane was getting the hang of the course by her third run of the day. However luck has it that the weather didn’t hold when the next group went out for practice and it stayed that way till qualifying! This had our group going out for qualifying on the unfamiliar wet slippery surface thus it was no suprise that half our group didn’t qualify due to spins , as Jane did or did qualified lowly, as I did. Oh well…
Tandem practice went great the next day but during my first tsuiso battle in the best 32, I made the fatal mistake of diving in too early upon entry while following and did an uncharacteristic half spin while leading causing my opponent, Koh Kae to hit me in the rear . I apologies furiously as I managed to rip apart the whole front of his cerfiro, taking the intercooler and oil cooler out in the process!! It was a silly mistake I made but I still left me wondering what made my rear suddenly go light while at the hair pin!! Oh well..(no 2)
Photo from www,cheryl-tay.com
Anyways so much for that but on the good note I was very pleased at how I have finally got SLOW’s handling sorted out( finally) and Jane though didnt qualify , was able to show case her ever improving skills and maturity and was able to mix with the big boys!!
We’ll be back!!!
21st Place ARIFF JOHANIS AHMAD
DNQ AZRINA JANE ABDULLAH
photo from speedhunters.com
Robbie Nishida will be competing this weekend in Long Beach for round 1 of the Formula Drift 2011 series. Piloting Michihiro Takatori’s old 180sx , Robbie is confident to do well drifting a much familiar chasis. Go! Go MagicDurians!!
Azrina Jane Abdullah with Red Bull on board
Team Goodyear Sync Optima Driver, Azrina Jane Abdullah (better known as Jane) sign with Red Bull Malaysia as the new addition to the Red Bull Athlete program for her 2011 drift campaign.
Jane was introduced to the Red Bull family when she was at a special gathering for Red Bull Rookie project last year. She met other Red Bull Rookie drivers including their trainer, Kenvin Low from AADA.
“I’m very happy to be part of the Red Bull Athlete program this year. I am proud to say that being involved with my favourite energy drink and the coolest brand in Malaysia is something I never dreamed of happening,” said excitedly by Jane.
Do keep a look out for Jane this year with her new Red Bull feature in her Nissan 180sx for the upcoming drift events.
Looks like my wonderful luck has it that my car decides to break its knuckle (2nd time this week!!!) on my the 1st practice run, leaving me with no runs. With the help of CHI KIAN Workshop ,they managed to get the knuckle welded but due to the location we were at ,we were unable to test the car to determine if the handling was ok but a spin on my 1st qualifying run showed that it wasn’t :P…Taking a conservative 2nd run, I managed to drift the course half decently but due to being unfamiliar with the track, I took the wrong exit cone coming out !!! I’ve done this numerous of time in autocross but on a drift competition??? WTF??..this leaves me with a double zero!!!
Jane did better as she did managed to score on the qualifying run however only qualified 35th…missing by 3 spots!!!
Our heartfelt thanks to Kev, Mike, Cheryl , Chi and Kian for the help they gave and hope that the experience we gain from this will make us stronger next year!!
We will be at Dataran today to hang out and also for the autograph signing session…so hope to see some of you guys there…ciao