I received a phone call at 4.30 in the morning after being dead tired spending the entire Saturday at Sepang International Circuit. My wife and I arrived home at 2.00am straight hitting the back like two dead logs. It was Hazwan and he said, “We’ll be at your house in half an hour.”
I mumbled some words that I can’t even recalled and went back to sleep, feeling guilty as my wife was the one who picked up the call… and since they might call back waking her up again to get me out of bed, I dragged my body out of bed, do some personal businesses in the toilet and got ready for the Super GT 2012 Malaysian Round.
Once they arrived, Jeo passed me the helm of his Fiesta and off we go to Sepang International Circuit zooming away in pitch darkness of which most of us would prefer to stay in bed instead of driving towards the track. Sheer madness I’d say.
Arriving there, the guards were still asleep so we crept into the media room and set up our office of the day. Once Jeo, Hazwan and Geg were armed to the teeth with their cameras, lenses and all, they head down to document every single thing they can while I got some things done in front of the lappy.
Sepang International Circuit came alive as early as 7 in the morning, bustling with activities as the crews prepped their GT machines. It was D-Day and the GT machines will battle it out against one another on Malaysian soil via our very own circuit, Sepang International Circuit the only circuit out of Japan in the Super GT Championship 2012.
The day started off with the Toyota Cup Yaris. It’s quite a change of wind watching the race. Rest assured, despite the minute size, the race was furious despite the cuteness. It was quite a race for the Toyota Cup Vios as well. Both race reminded us of the K4GP.
Next was the GT Asia Series. It was a fierce fight among the drivers. It was a one-two finish for Porsche 997 GT3R in Round 4 of the GT Asia Series today at Sepang International Circuit. Chinese national Li Zhi Cong claimed the race win for Asia Racing Team while Japanese Hisao Shigeta took second for Direction Racing in a scorching race.
Afterwards, it was the attempt to break last year’s record of the Biggest Super Cars Gathering by the organizer, JPM Motorsport. Last year, they managed to gather up 405 cars at the circuit. It was quite an achievement and it was not an easy feat to get all the cars in and out of the track to make way for the race on time.
To break the record was not as easy as it was. There were a number of cars from the Phuket Supercars Club, Blue Jackets Society, apr, JSOC, Europrojektz and a number of ’em cars bearing Singapore plates. Nevertheless, they managed to get a total of 600 cars and broke the record. The only setback was a small number of the cars there don’t even qualify as a super car let alone a performance car.
The Pitwalk and Gridwalk sessions were congested with spectators, marshals and medias getting their hands on freebies for the various racing teams competing that day. Others can be seen getting closer than they should to the GT machines and the GT queens, especially the latter. There was a flash mob during the Gridwalk and it caught a number of people surprised as a number of kids suddenly at the grid.
The amount of people at the mall areas were not as bad as before. In fact, a number of the corporate suites were taken up by Silverlake, Naza World, JPM Motorsport and individuals such as Dato’ David Gurupatham, who was charitable enough to take 100 kids of the Agathian Shelter to enjoy the race. It was quite an achievement by the organizer I’d say. There were so much activities at the Super GT, you’re bound to miss one or two. In fact, we almost missed the GT queen performances at the stage.
As for the race, Super GT never fail to impress as the drivers battle it out against one another regardless whether it’s the GT300 or the GT500. Weider Honda Racing HSV-010 proved its worth as its drivers, Takashi Kogure and Carlo Van Dam kept the lead in the GT500 race from the start pulling away from the second bunch battling it out against one another. Lexus Team Zent Cerumo and Eneos Sustina completed the podium standings.
It was a different scenario with the GT300 as leader changed more than once. Both the two top podiums were conquered by Porsche as Hankook Porsche reigned supreme followed by Taisan Endless 911 and triple a Vantage GT3 completing the trio. It was quite a disappointment as our very own speedster, Fairuz Fauzy driving alongside of Hiroki Yoshida for team ThunderAsia MT900M did not finished the race due to technical problems.
With three round completed out of 8 rounds in the Super GT Championship 2012, Lexus Team Zent Cerumo, Team Kunimitsu and Lexus Team Sard leading the GT500 Championship while in the GT300, Taisan Endless, GSR&Studie with TeamUKYO and Gainer in the top three.
words: Hage’ pix: Hazwan Najims & Geg, Motorsport Asia vid: Jeo