Category Archives: Advance Driving

Updates: August and Sept!!

Wow.. time surely flies when you’re having fun. So much so that I have totally lost track of the updates done on the blog. My sincere apologies.

The following are quick updates of what we have been up to these past two months!

Pirelli Cinturato Dealers Launch 4th and 5th August 2012

Sync Optima was commissioned by the Kit Loong , the distributors of Pirreli , to do a launch for their new line of Cinturato tires to their dealers. We had a fleet of cars which ranges from Myvis up to BMW 5 series  being supervised by trained instructors for this event.

We had a dry and wet course set up done for the dealers to have a better understanding of the tires handling characteristics.

TGIF’s Fathers Day Competition sponsored by Castrol and YHI Yokohama 26th August 2012

In conjunction with Fathers Day, TGIF ran a competition that gave out free drift lesson to fathers . We were fortunate to be given the opportunity to introduce  and teach two lucky winners the sport of Drifting.

This would not be made possible without the generous  sponsors from  YHI Yokohama and Castrol lubricants.

The day ended with an free open drift session to all the drifters present.

FederationD RacePOD Drift Series round 5  2nd September 2012

We were roped in judge for round 5 held at MIMC circuit in Malacca. The RacePod series is currently the most regular drift series here in Malaysia .

Participated by the finest drifters from Malaysia and also participants from Singapore and Indonesia, we are glad to be part of this series and will be taking a more active role in the future.

New lesson car: Skyline GTR 32  15th Sept 2012

Besides our trust worthy AE86 ,we have purchased a new platform for rental to be used during our Sync Optima Drift Academy lessons. And no, it is not a typo, but  it is really  a GTR 32. A rear wheel drive GTR running on SR20!! To add to the queerness , is this car is running on 15 inch wheels. I would have to say that this is the world’s first !

I’ve been testing it during SpeedCity’s saturday night sessions and I am glad to say that this car is ready to be rented! Please contact Jane at for rental rates!!

Sync Optima Drift Academy – Beginner Drift Lesson


Sync Optima Drift Academy is going to hold a beginner drift lesson this coming November 2011. This is an event mainly targeted at drift beginners, giving basic theories and knowledge on drifting.

Ariff Johanis Ahmad and Azrina Jane Abdullah will be on hand to provide their expertise. Basic Drift Setup Car is also available for rental but on twin sharing basis.

Beginner Class

• 10 participants (max) as we believe in more one to one teaching is the best!

• Lecture of drifting mechanism and technique

• Stop & Turn, Donuts, Figure 8, Slow Circuit

• Ride Along and Drive Along by Instructors

• Lunch provided

• Attendance Certificate

• Location: Klang Valley, Selangor, Malaysia

• All drivers must have valid driver license, older than 18 years old.

• All vehicles must have valid insurance coverage. • Able to drive Manual Transmission.

• Rubber shoes, sneakers and/or driving shoes


There’s a limited number (10 max) for each date only.


For those who are interested, please reply to jane@syncoptima.comwith the following details so that we will keep you posted on the next available lesson.

Full Name:


Gender: M / F

Years of Driving:

Contact Number (preferably Mobile):

Time: 9am – 5pm

Drift Car Rental: Yes / No (if No: please provide your car details below)

Drift Car Model:

LSD: Yes / No

Aftermarket Suspension: Yes / No


Mitsubishi Extreme Drive @ CEC Singapore 13th 14th, 15th November 2009

Organised by Mitsubishi’s distributor Cycle and Carriage, the Mitsubishi Extreme Drive gave its 200 participants a hands on experience on performing stunts such as ramp to ramp jumps, 360 spins ,j-turns and slip and slide on their showcased  Ralliart Lancer Ex , Evo X and Colt R!

For three solid days , instructors Ivan Lim, Kevin Flynn, Danny, CK , Cheaka and I, brought togather by Pit Crew,  had a whale of a time pushing these cars to the limit while teaching the participants how the stunts are performed(. Ivan and I took the J-turn, Cheaka the 360 spin , CK the slip and slide while Danny and Kevin did the ramp jump).  I got a bad bout of motion sickness on the first  day but got over it the following days. Ivan and I calculated that we sat through over 800 J turns combined ( 1 demo + 3 tries x over 200 participants). Cheaka went through almost the same numbers too but one thing that we all looked forward to was the Hot Laps that happens at the end of each session. We were each given a car to taxi the participants through a given course. I had a hand on the Evo X (manual and TC-SSC) and the Ralliart Lancer Ex( TC-SSC) and  was pleasantly surprised that I preferred the TC-SSC over the manual. The shifts were seamless upwards and downwards, so much so  that ,when I had the Ralliart Lancer Ex during the Hot Laps , I  left it on full auto  and  was so much faster than Ivan who was in a manual EVO X!!

Here are some of the photos taken throughout the three days we were there…



The extremely fun  and friendly Shell girls ..thanks for taking care of my camera girls


Eileen and Marcus


Ivan’s Vicks snorting habit didn’t gel to well with the girls


TV celebrity Jit and his producer was there too…Jit is extremely hilarious behind the camera and has a vast vocabulary of swear words in  many languages


The sweet registration girls


Fred swears he isn’t making a face………..


Jason , Hassan and Eileen…guys if you have to know , Hassan’s mother cooks a mean Bryani dish !!!


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Picture taken from Cheaka’s tai chi moves failed to impressed the participants


Picture taken from www. ;Car sickness didn’t get Kevin Flynn but a sore back did ..heeheheeheeheeheh


Jason, Elaine and Michelle



The video crew


Pit Crew’s Wii character  lookalike

Nothing like a nice meal with friends, Heng( Drift Ninja)and family along with Nash (Drifttonowhere)

Here are some of the videos made of the event. The embedded feature has been disabled , so just click on it twice and a new window will pop up…

SUZUKI Driver Experience 2009 Changi EC Singapore 3rd-4th October 2009

Supported by Goodyear Singapore, the Suzuki Drivers Experience 2009 had given  Jane and I the opportunity to work along side the famous Kevin ‘4WD can’t drift’ Flynn of Drivers Dynamic.  With CK and Singapore’s drift superstar, Ivan Lim , the organisers, Pit Crew had assembled  a total of over 90 enthusiastic Suzuki Swift and Swift Sports owners to  push their cars to its limit , on this two day event!

With  techniques such as ; lane changes, ABS braking , slalom and many others  , many participants  had gained a better understanding of their vehicles and ,most importantly ,acquired skills that makes them better drivers.

Here are the  few pics we managed to take during the event…


Instructor’s briefing


Course set up


One of the head honchos of Pit Crew , Kumar, exemplifying the term ‘working smart


The infamous trousers-tearing-slip n slide- golf kart…;)






Nick , the voice of Pit Crew, with Jane


Jason, the other boss of Pit Crew , shows us that the loves his women big

dscn2648dscn2638dsc02414The participants were divided to groups of ten, Kevin here briefing the students before conducting on the slip and slide coursedsc02426

It’s safe to say that yellow is really popular among Swift owners


Beside the Suzuki Driver Experience, we were also there to a photoshoot for an up coming Mitsubishi Stunt Driving course to be held mid next month. One of the attractions of the course is ramp to ramp jumping where participants are taught how to jump a Colt version R!!


It is important that  construction of the ramp follows closely to the plan specificationsdscn2587


Jane attempting to clear the gap by foot , while Bernard having difficulty getting lift off 🙂


Kevin reminding me , over and over again that 4wd can’t be drifted…we’ll see hehehehehe



A Colt version R with Two Lancers which incidentally one is 4WD…I can’t wait 🙂


No , those aren’t FIA Chuck Taylors I’m wearing….accidently left my racing shoes while packing