A cool video by ZakuMalaya on our little Advance Drift Session with the members of Drift Garage Singapore held earlier this month.
As I have said before; the Palace of Justice’s parking space where the drift sessions and competitions are normally held has the best surface in Malaysia. Rightfully so , as the Ministry had invested alot of money on resurfacing the place just for the sport of drifting! This is something that Malaysian Drifters should be proud of as I have yet to hear of any other country where the government has invested so much for this sport. As a result, I make it a point to turn up to any event of competition held there by the Ministry to show my support and my appreciation to them.
The KBS Drift Challenge was no exceptition and for this round, Jane and I had decided to play host to Murata from Final Connexion/Samurai Racing by sponsoring him a stay and a ride for this event. I was impressed with Murata’s drifting especially during the 2009 FD Thailand where he not only knocked me out for best 8 but was stop from going further by some dubious judging calls . Anyway he along with Namza and Karn made their way here and made do with what we had to offered him Thankfully,J4M8u proved to be a decent enough ride for him to agree to compete in.
Also joining us for this event were KSOC’s Milton and Mah Lao. This was the first time for Milton to compete in the peninsular and was using a newly acquired 180sx he had just purchase from JB. However he blew the engine the night before and was forced to qualify in Mah Lao’s s15 which he was not to familiar with.
Mah Lao faired a bit better without any major mechnical issues but failed to make it to the best 16. With better prepearation I am sure both of them will do alot better the next time around
Making his comeback, Mike Kong with his 5 year drift experience, managed to qualify and get into best 8 while piloting his girlfriends KE70! Alot of time and resources will be needed to make the KE70 competitive, which will definitely yield even better results in the future.
Jane qualified 11th but was knocked out early due to her front tires failing.
Huge chucks of rubber tore out the the tires causing her to understeer badly during the tandem run against Johari Matsalleh
As for me, I qualified 3rd and made it all the way to the finals.
photo: Roy Zakaria
I had to go against Bullzai who did a good job qualifying 1st for the event. With him leading the 1st run, I had managed to win the advantage going into the 2nd run! On the next run, Bullzai made a huge correction leading to the final corner but as luck has it, I spun less than a meter before the finish. I can’t figure what happen but I had accepted defeat.
photo: Roy Zakaria
Murata managed to edge out Along Rempit for the final spot on the podium!
Though bitterly disappointed with just throwing my win away, I was content with 2nd place. What I was most happy with ,was Team Sync Optima did a great job with a 2nd , 3rd, 8th and 11th finish !
1st Place BULLZAI team BZR
2nd Place Ariff Johanis Ahmad Team SYNC OPTIMA
3rd Place Atsushi Murata Team SYNC OPTIMA Samurai Racing
8th Place Mike Kong Team SYNC OPTIMA
11th Place Azrina Jane Abdullah Team SYNC OPTIMA
DNQ Milton Yong Team SYNC OPTIMA KSOC
DNQ Mah Lao Team SYNC OPTIMA M7 KSOC
Jane and I had so much fun during last year’s Batu Pahat Drift Challenge that we vowed to come back again this year. This time we brought along the whole SODA Session team; which includes Francis, Kevin Rajoo, Mah Lao ,Jeevan and Heng. Due to their cars not being ready, Jeevan and Heng did not get to compete. In actual fact , Kevin’s competition car was also not ready but he brought along a SR20NA powered BMW E30 and drifted the car for the whole 1st day of practice. This car , which was inherited from his brother Ivan ,due to it’s poor setup was virtually impossible to drift. He then somehow persuaded Francis to loan him the Cockroach A31 to qualify with. No wonder I kept hearing Kevin saying “You are special” to Francis prior to borrowing the Cockroach.
Qualifying was a straight forward affair with everyone getting two consecutive runs. I was ecstatic to hear that the whole SODA team qualified, with me in 3rd and Jane in 10th!! Great job guys!!!
So then it was time for the tandem battles!!
Being only his 2nd competition , Francis did a good job managing to qualify into the best 32 but due to the lack of experience, nerves got the better of him during his 1st tandem run. I am sure with more competition seat time, he will overcome this!!
Photo by David Soo
Kevin Rajoo, kept a cool head through out his best 32 and 24 tandem runs but was caught off guard in the best 16 due to being unfamiliar to the Cockroach’s handling. I am very sure he would have gone further if he had used his competition 180sx!
Mah Lao drifted well , going through top 32 but was knocked out in the top 24 when going against Jason Tan who drifted consistently the whole weekend!
Jane did well going through top 24 but was cut short going into top 16 when she broke her drive shaft while leading.
Photo by Tan Chin Fu
I went up the tandem ladder but hit a snag going against Westlake’s Ah Boy at Top 4. It was weird for me to go against him as he qualified 2nd and me in 3rd and I should be going against the no 1 qualifier ( or whoever beats the no 1 qualifier ) at top 4. It didn’t bother me much though as I drifted a hard as I could. So much so I was certain I had won the run but the judges saw something that I didn’t and a one more time was called and that’s when things went pear shaped; I suddenly developed massive misfire problems and had to hand the win to Boy who drifted flawlessly the whole event!
Kevin Rajoo receiving his 15th placing trophy!!
Jane with her 10th placing trophy
Me with my 3rd placing trophy
Regardless the mishaps and confusions, we all had fun and will certainly be back next year. Our many thanks to the organisers, the sponsors of the event , the esteemed judges and everyone that came up to us throughout the weekend. Many thanks to Mike , Cheryl and Cathy for helping out with Johanna….
and also to Jeevan who was my spotter for the day…who communicated with me via facial expression and head shaking
1st M-Boyz YH motorsport
2nd Ace-Boy Team Exotic
3rd Ariff Johanis Ahmad Team Sync Optima
10th Azrina Jane Abdullah Team Sync Optima
15th Kevin Rajoo Macha Alliance
20th Mah Lao KSOC M7
27th Francis B Macha Alliance
A good example of what happens when you hand a camera to your students to video your practice tandem runs. Commentary courtesy by “Seattle” Bob and Francis ” The cockroach ” B