Boy Wonder on four wheels as Yasuhiro Kuhara stays ahead on two

Published on October 7th, 2009

The Malaysian Super Series (MSS) notched its fourth indentation on this year’s calendar last weekend at Sepang International Circuit (SIC).

Wong ‘Boy Wonder’ Yew Choong pocketed Round 4 of the Supersixteen, playing bridesmaid in the first race and then stepping onto the altar himself in the second race to wrap things up.

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“It was a nice race, the car performed well and thanks to the crew for a good job with the car,” enthused Wong on the podium.

“Things will be different at the next round however as the full Sepang track will be used instead of the current Sepang North setup,” he added.

Wong said the same suspension setup will be used but the team was looking at a gearbox with different ratios to fully utilize the sweeping full course.

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Tallying up Wong’s points from this weekend sees him stretching his lead in the overall standings to 37-points and sits on 102-points. Moo Wai Leong had a decent showing too during the weekend and moved up to second spot in the standings on 65-points to displace Kok Pak Chiang to third with 61-points.

Moving on to half the wheels but twice the excitement, Ahmad Zamani Baharudin took the Superbike win for Round 4 but Yasuhiro Kuhara still maintains his lead in the overall standings.

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Just like Yew Choong in the Supersixteen class, Zamani placed second in the first race but took the chequered flag himself in the second race. Championship leader Kuhara won the first race but could only manage the final podium spot in the second battle.

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“With only half of the track for racing we don’t have much room to race as compared to the whole circuit with 14 corners. With Kuhara now used to the circuit, it’s getting hard to fend him off but I think I’ve a good chance to hold him back at the next round as the race will be on the full track,” said Zamani after the race.

Kuhara still calls the overall lead his own on 182-points while Zamani follows behind on 151-points and Abd Rahim Muhammad Sidek sits in third on 113-points.

In the Supersport (600cc) class, Azlan Shah stood atop the highest podium spot after winning both races.

Although the Bikerz Mag 150 race had a massive 36 riders, it turned out to be a four-horse gallop between Muhammad Syafiq Omar Ali, Ahmad Azhar Hamid, Fairuz Murad and Mohd Tarmizi Abd Naser.

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It was tooth and nail between the four of them, constantly exchanging the lead over the two races.

However, the heat was the biggest competition of the day for the entire field and about a quarter of the lineup headed for an early shower due to mechanical problems.

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The next and final round of the MSS bike race will be held in conjunction with the Shell Advance Motorcycle Grand Prix at the end of the month over the 23-25 weekend of October.

Tickets are going as low as RM30 to watch the race live with lots of prizes to give away. Apart from our local riders in the MSS, come and also cheer our very own Malaysian Wildcard rider racing against international bike riders.

text: Dinesh Appavu  pix: Syawal Ahmad & Haidi Amir

 

 

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