GAS Gymkhana series 2016 held its final round of the series on the 18th December 2016.Using MAEPS ,Mardi Serdang as the venue for all its 5 rounds, GAS which is on its 2nd year of running is proud to be instrumental in reviving the sport of Gymkhana in Malaysia, with other organisers now running similar events with many using GAS as the template for their events for rules n regulations and also for categories.
However, we attribute our success to the undying support the Gymkhana community had given us.Words of encourgements n valueble advice were used to guide us throughout this past 2 years! We were privilged to have Gymkhana celebrities such as Mitch Chong who was our course judge for the past couple of events ,lending a hand and also Mickey Teoh in helping us promoting our humble event!
Participants like Abdul Halim who had not missed a single GAS event every since we started! This is a participant that has to travel 8 hours to just participate as he resides in Kuala Terengganu! We are most fortunate to have him in our events!
- The beauty of Gymkhana, with the multiple categories being contested, is the mixture of cars contesting; not only there are varieties in drive trains but also the state of build! From the stock show room standard to the stripped out purpose built cars can be seen competing!We have participants such as Mr Chow, in his stock standard Proton Wira , who placed 2nd in the Front Wheel Drive Road Legal Category,And we have En Fadly Hashim in his purposed built race Proton Satria!
- The following are some shots taken during Round 5!Please check out GAS Gymkhana Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GymkhanaAutoXSeries/ for more pics and updates
GAS , which is the abreviation for Gymkhana Autocross Series, started on 2013 in conjunction with the launching of the GT Radial Champiro SX 2 in Sepang. A one day event which saw 30 participants competing in this inaugural event. With the glut of other gymkhana events following its wake that year, the management decided to take a hiatus and diverted it’s effort to more private gymkhana events mainly for car clubs. However, with the frequency of Gymkhana event dwindling the following year to the point where there were not a single event in the year 2014. Sync Optima had decided to take the helm and try to revive the sport in 2015 by running three events which proved to be successful. The formula of a self funded event , amongst the tight knit of competitors proved to be the way to go in these trying times. So much so that in 2016 , it was decided to run a 5 series competition which will end on the 18th Dec 2016! The following are the posters of the past events
Please check out GAS Gymkhana facebook page
2012 was a year that we took a hiatus on competitive drifting as we only competed in two events throughout the year.
We did however competed in quiet a number of Gymkhana and Autocross event for the last year
We fared decently considering I have a lot more to learn when it came to gymkhana driving techniques and the car used during competition is not considered to be ideal as it was laggy and had gearings that is too high for this genre of competition. We had fun nevertheless2012 also had us teaming up with Petronas Malaysia where we had the opportunity to represent them in promoting their Primax Xtra fuel in a form of a drift ride road tour in whic had us traveling to 10 different states around Malaysia.
Most notably 2012 was the year that had Jane and I brought into the GT Radial tires family. With the support of Heap Joo sdn bhd, the Malaysian Distributor. Jane and I are currently representing and competing with their extremely high performance tires!!
2013 saw me doing some work with car manufactures as an instructor.
We are also fortunate to be able to work with Bank Muamalat in their road tour event where we gave drift rides to their clients held in Selangor, Kelantan and Terengganu . with 3 more other states due soonMid this year saw us organizing the launching of the GT Radial Champiro SX2 tires in Malaysia
Dealers and participants were given first hand experience on the tires in car fitted with the GT Radial Champiro SX2
A gymkhana competition was also held on that day where an almost 100% success rate was achieved when all 11 of the sponsored SX2 competitors out of 24 drivers competed had all podiumed in their respective classes
On the circuit, the Megalap competition held on that day , saw the all the sponsored drivers either improving on their previous timings or had podium in their respective classes. This is a true testament of how well these tires performs!
2013 had Jane and I back into competitive drifting with us participating in the Federal PRO AM Drift series. I have to admit my debut into competition was not exactly spectacular due to some confusion with what the exact criteria the judges were looking for .But I had slowly progressed on the subsequent rounds..
Well I hope this brief insight of what had happened these past 7 months justifies me not updating this blog but I do however vow to do weekly updates from now on.
Watch this space !!