Bought initially as an investment, the Coupe had came a long way,since purchasing it from east Malaysia, in it’s sorry state. I’ll be updating on this car’s progress here..keep your eyes on this space!!
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 !!
photo by McclubZ
We’re way past the half way mark into the year 2013 and there hasn’t been any update since December 2012 !! My sincere apologies good people and I promise to keep this blog going with weekly up dates..Please stay tuned as alot had happened this past 7 months or so!! Do check out our fan page for more stuff 🙂 Jane’s Page Ariff’s Page Sync Optima’s Page
After clinching 3 consecutive first place finishes at the Conemasters International Gymkhana Series, it would appear that the odds of me winning the final round of this series would be appear pretty slim; not only were the level of competitors getting higher but also the fact that Jane and I were across the ocean ,in east Malaysia doing the Petronas X track tour .
We were only scheduled back on the day after the competition but by some means or rather , we were able to get a flight back on the day of the competition.The earliest flight out was at 10am and that would give us an estimated time of arrival of approximately 12pm , factor in the luggage retrieval , custom clearance and transport from the airport to Sepang Circuit, would mean that we could make it to the competition at 1pm. I called Ben Loh, the organiser, and was given the assurance that though the event starts at 9am, timed runs were only done after lunch which was about 2.00pm. This would mean that I wouldn’t have the luxury of having practice and have to dive straight into the competition. With an average of 6 runs,based on the previous rounds, where only a single best run is taken,not being able to practice did not bother me much.
So Jane and I drove our cars and had it parked at Sepang International Circuit before flying off to East Malaysia for the Petronas tour . This will enable us to have the cars there when were arrive back from the Tour and not waste precious time getting our cars and driving it to Sepang.
Thankfully everything went on as planned on the event day ; the flight arrived in LCCT airport on time and we got to the track by 12.45pm. To our relief , there were still competitors practicing and we both managed to get enough runs to get the course down.
The course was fairly easy to remember and basically made full use of the whole paddock parking 5 and 6. So there were alot of straights in between each cone formation which made traction coming out of them essential to get the best possible time.
This appeared to be fairly easy as the car seems to hook up rather effortlessly , which was attributed to the 245/40/17 GT Radial Champiro HPY tyres I was using on all four corners! The thing about the HPYs are they tend to work just as well on low tyre temperature which a lot of the Gymkhana drivers where struggling with when using semi’s or other UHP tyres as the wait for their runs usually causes the tyres to cool down below its optimum temperature. Our experience with the HPY tyres were only in drift application and that was only in the wet which they work exceptionally well but I was amazed with its performance during grip events and strongly recommend them to those shopping for a tyre that does it all!
We also managed to test the tyres out in the wet as it started to rain towards the end of the event and as expected the HPY asymmetric tyre design with its superior wet performance had me running 2 secs faster than the other competitors and only towards the end my wet time was beaten merely by 0.4 sec by a competitor running on a 4WD drive train
Jane was running on fairly similar set up but with a narrower 235/45/17 GT Radial HPY tyres in front and held 4th position strongly till the end of the event.
Once again, I had won the another Conemasters International Gymkhana series , which makes it 4 in a row ,a feat I’m fairly proud of as I am considered fairly new in this genre of motorsport and had the opportunity to go against my peers and ‘sifus’ who I believe are the creme of the crop in the Auto cross/Gymkhana scene.The credit should go to all the those who had guided me and fed me with tips and information to raise my game. Not to forget to Heap Joo and GT Radial for making those kick ass tyres that gave me the upper hand against the other competitors .
1st ARIFF JOHANIS AHMAD Team Sync Optima GT Radial
2nd Abdul Hafiz Team WHITELINE
3rd Mickey Teoh
4th Azrina Jane Team Sync Optima GT Radial