Draggin’ On!

Published on July 25th, 2010

Sepang International Circuit was filled with festivities on Saturday night as mod-heads and modded-to-scorch-the-tarmac-on-a-straight rides competed head to head during Drag Battle Round 3. Over a thousand spectators watched the action on the track.

Tire screeching, engine revving, if only there were hot Japanese chicks wearing only bikinis flagging off ’em cars, but that’s wishful thinking.

Among the draggers involved in the race was ST Wangan-ST Powered, a familiar face on the circuit. The team competed in Category A (4WD Turbo), the same category where Tan Chun Lin had dominated Round 2 in the team’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9.

“It took us several months to prepare the car, as we had to modify the car, converting it from a circuit car into a drag car. We had used the same car to compete in the Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race three years ago,” said Kenneth Liang, 37, one of the team managers.

“The cost? Well, we’ve basically lost track. We just kept throwing in money for the car! But I suppose we can roughly estimate that it costs around SGD200,000, including the car itself. So that’s close to half a million ringgit,” he said with a laugh.

The team had to settle for second place overall although they did clock the fastest on the straight with 9.704 seconds. “We wanted to see how powerful the car can be without using the NOS equipment. We just relied on the engine and turbo power, which was 1000HP,” said Kenneth.

Another contender in the Drag Battle’s Round 3 was the Speedline Garage  Team, who took part in their Mazda RX3, driven by seasoned drag racer K. Murali, a.k.a Joe, 30.

One of the team member, Neil Naveen, 35, said the team had spent RM10,000 on the car in preparation for the race. “The spark plugs alone costs us RM1,000.00, not including other essentials. It took us a month to prepare for the race,” said Neil.

“We were expecting to race in Category C, but we were placed in Category B instead because the officials said that the car has a rotary engine and is supposedly powerful. But ours is an old one, we used the car’s original 13B rotary engine, with only 320HP. The only modification we did was to add Weber carburettor. We couldn’t compete with the other more powerful cars in the same category, obviously, so we lost,” said Neil.

The Drag Battle ended at 2am on Sunday morning, and the winners of the Drag Battle Round 3 were:

CLASS A

1)      SHEIKH MOHD SALIMEE (10.245)

2)      TAN CHUN LIN (10.273) (BEST TIME 9.704)

3)      MOHD SHAHRIL MOHD DHARI

CLASS B

1)      MOHD AMIRULLAH MOHD (11.485)

2)      MOHD FADHIL OTHMAN (11.874)

3)      MOHD AINUL AZRI MOHD AINI (11.555)

CLASS C

1)      ALOYSIUS WEE CHIN KWANG (11.690)

2)      AHMAD FIRDAUS AZMAN (11.851)

3)      MOHD HANAPI ISMAIL (12.073)

CLASS F

1)      SHAHRULNIZAM MD SAIN (13.354)

2)      KALAICHELVAN GOVINDAPILLAI (13.944)

3)      MOHD FAOZI TAHIR

CLASS Fx

1)      MOHD HANAPI ISMAIL

2)      MUHAMMAD ANWAR ROSLAN

3)      NUR FAIZUN NASRI

CLASS G

1)      MOHD ZAMIR AHMAD (13.341)

2)      SAIFUL ASRULLAH RAZALI (16.096)

3)      KAMARUL NAZLAN JAAFAR (12.627)

Sepang Drag Battle continues with Round 4 on October 30 2010 and Round 5 on November 20 2010. More info on SIC website.

words & pix: SIC

Comments

  1. Posted by aloysius wee on July 26th, 2010, 11:01

    Hi Guys this is aloysius from SIC Drag Battle Class C. My Best timing ofthe night was actually 11.5XX you. Do you actually put the best timing of the final timing?

    BR

    Aloy

  2. Posted by Traffic Mag on July 26th, 2010, 11:53

    heya aloysius, what we posted we got it from SIC. we simply posted it as per what we received.

  3. Posted by aloysius wee on July 28th, 2010, 10:38

    Cool guys thanks..

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