Grass Racing Autosports or commonly known as GRA ran Round 3 of their autocross / gymkhana in the ever famous F1 Sepang Circuit car park. Backed by the partners of Red Line Synthetic Oil, Vanli Genuine Parts, Meguiar’s, PG Perma Glass, Gophers and Maxxis Tires, it was a scorching hot day on that weekend despite of continuous torrential rain over the entire month.
The day went to Marcus Chye from Team Lotus as he took 1st Overall with Ivan Khong from Team Red Line in his Subaru Impreza leading in the earlier part of the day settling for 2nd Overall. Ivan took timed run one with a blazing time of 2m16s.970, and took the lead from Marcus. After five timed runs, Marcus managed to just clinch ahead of Ivan by a mere 0.549 seconds. Putting GRA’s timing system to the test, it is one of the closest battles for this year’s championship. Ian Khong ambassador for GRA said, ‘Our system runs the accuracy to 1/100 second and this is the separator between the boys and the men!’ Mitch Chong in his tricked out Proton Satria managed to get 3rd Overall.
Mr. Howard Goh from Team Red Line said, ‘Ivan’s car is a fine example of what we strive for which is to push our products to the limit, and the oils in his car does just that!’ The race had Team Maxxis driver Andy Kow in his Subaru Impreza taking 3rd in Class OD ( beyond 2200cc ).
The Sepang Circuit car park has the longest straights in the series, and Ee Yoong Cherng in his V8 Nissan Skyline was battling for 3rd in Class with Andy who just manages to take the final podium position. The battle for Class OA ( up to 1500cc ) was wide open as defending Champion of 2011 William Lim from Team Vanli suffered a setback when his car could not make it to the start of the race due to problems the night before.
Mohammed Azman took 1st in Class OA, and has possibly sealed his championship title for 2012 with the absence of William. Class OB ( 1501cc – 1600cc ) had the biggest battle in Round 3, with four drivers chasing for the podium. Eventually 1st was taken by Aaric Ooi in his Proton Waja MIVEC for Class OB, with Perma Glass driver CB Sia in his Proton Satria Neo MIVEC taking 2nd with Charlie Ling in his drivingMotion.com Toyota Levin AE86 taking 3rd. Ray Leong in his Red Line Toyota Starlet managed a 4th in Class OB in his 1980 car.
Vanli Genuine Parts Mr. Lim said, ‘GRA is a good testing ground for driver’s to put their vehicle parts through its integrity test!’ Victor Lim from Team Meguiar’s with his Mitsubishi Evolution 7 managed to clinch 10th in Class OD. Another driver pushing the limits was Terence Soh in his Mitsubishi Evolution X, who manages to stay in 7th position just ahead of drifters Ariff Johanis and Mervyn Nakamura. Both drifters kept the crowd entertained by their driving skills around the kerbs and cones.
The Race Queens graced the event in the scorching sun with the regular photographers taking their pictures along with the cars. GRA is sanctioned by Motorsports Association of Malaysia and is the only licensed autocross/gymkhana event currently. For more details of this series do log onto www.grassracingautosports.com or email GRA at [email protected].
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