Team ST Wangan’s Akina Teo pinched victory from Team Type-R Racing’s Boy Wong at the last lap of the final heat in Race Cars (Class 1) category at Round 6 of Saturday Night Fever Challenge Series 2012 (SNF). Current series leader in Race Cars (Class 1), Akina pilots a 2-litre Honda Civic EK and was threatened by the imminent return of the very quick Boy Wong to SNF in a similar machine, after missing the past 3 rounds.
In the preliminary heats Akina, Boy Wong, and Ayyavu Jr Racing Team’s Kesavamoorthy (Honda Integra DC5 Type-R) battled tooth-and-nail as they jostled for track position that would dictate their Final heat starting spots. The dogfighting was close, intense, and unabated from Green light till chequered flag and hinted at an explosive final heat race.
Into the Sepang’s Turn 1 in the final, Boy Wong got stayed down the inside of Akina to take the lead. The next 4 laps were a master-class of race-craft by these three top drivers, as Boy skillfully held Akina back whilst Kesavamoorthy took opportunistic stabs at Akina. Into Turn 4 for the last time and Akina ducked under Boy on the exit to take the lead through the last 3 corners and to the chequered flag, the three separated by only a second across the line.
“I was always quicker in the fast turns 5 and 6, but could not make a move without risking contact,” said Akina after the race. He adds, “I had to make that dive in the last lap work for me, and I’m very glad it did!”
In the SuperStreet category, for the first time this year N1 Racing Team’s Desmond Yee did not make the final when his Honda Civic FD2 Type-R’s engine blew just as he took the chequered flag for heat 2. This handed newcomer Suhaimi Shukor (GME Racing) the opportunity to take a rookie win, which he locked in with his lap-3 pass on early leader Badrul Hisham (N1 Racing Team, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8).
Logesvaran Kaliaperumal took a sweet win with his Perodua Kancil Turbo in the Special Kei category after being disqualified from the previous round and a broken gearbox earlier in the afternoon. “Just six hours ago, I didn’t even know if I was going to start the race, what more win! I wholeheartedly thank my team for their gallant effort to strip-down and replace the part at the eleventh hour,” exclaimed a jubilant Logesvaran.
Expect full grids and fierce racing in the final two rounds of the year as championship positions are tight in most categories. Next round of Saturday Night Fever is 10th November 2012, with the final on 15th December 2012.
Full race results and the latest updates are available on SNF
RESULTS – ALL CATEGORIES
Syafiq Ali Mini Cooper 7:13.977
Hairani Arifin Mini Clubman 7:39.811
Mohd Hamdan Arifin Mini 759.969
Aril Hamka Starlet EP82 6:52.483
Ahmad Ezani Mohd Ishak Starlet EP71 7:11.002
Ahmad Shariffuddin Mat Ariffin Starlet EP82 7:58.506
Logesvaran Kaliaperumal Kancil Turbo 6:58.410
Syazril Amri Abdul Rahman Kancil Turbo 6:58.562
Muhd Tarmizi Abdul Aziz Kancil Turbo 7:06.360
Raj @ Michael Ayyavu Satria Neo 7:08.415
Halim Othman Proton Waja 7:14.287
Ifwat Ataa Abd Razak Satria Neo 7:14.707
Race Cars Class 1
Akina Teo Civic EK9 6:18.283
Boy Wong Yew Choong Civic EK9 6:18.870
Kesavamoorthy Ayyavu Integra DC5 6:19.230
Race Cars Class 2
Winson Eu Tuck Meng Civic EK9 6:42.072
Aun Yue Wei Civic EK9 6:50.227
Lee Kum Soon Civic EK9 6:52.317
Suhaimmi Shukor Integra Type-R 6:40.094
Badrul Hisham Abd Rahim Lancer EVO 8MR 6:41.063
Muhd Havy Zolkifli Nissan Skyline R35 6:55.312
Street 1.8 NA
Gan Kim Koa Civic EK4 6:57.999
Mohd Noor Fairuz Satria 1.8 6:58.671
Mohd Nasrul Azizi Nasaruddin Satria GTI 7:07.183
Street 1.8 VTEC / Turbo
Ahmad Firdaus Azman Civic EF9 6:29.122
Philip Tang Peng Ngiap Civic EF9 6:39.749
Ahmad Fauzi Latib Civic EK9 6:41.623
words & pix: SNF