Jousting with the Lancer-lots

Published on January 7th, 2010

We all know making assumptions is a big no-no but we just tend to assume every time we hear the word ‘Lancer’ that person is referring to the tarmac-thrashing and mud-mauling version of the Lancer family, the Lancer Evolution, unless of course you own the sedate version.

Regardless, the Lancer family isn’t just constricted to the Evo but includes Lancer Saloon, Lancers Mivec, Lancer GLX, Lancer MX, Lancer Cedia, and the current Lancer GT. Immediate family is nice but an extended family is where the fun be at and with that in mind the Mitsubishi Lancer Owners Club (MLOC) is an avenue for all Lancer owners, regardless of model and spec, to improve camaraderie, congregate, converse and most importantly convoy in their machines.

The club is a pretty active outfit that sees a regular blend of track days and teh tarik sessions.

Looking to ring in the new year with a bang, the MLOC clan organized a gymkhana session on 2nd January at the A’Famosa Resort in Malacca exclusively for its members.

The majority of the members are KLites and so a convoy in the wee hours of the morning from Kuala Lumpur to the venue saw about 10 cars gunning it for the Malacca border.

While waiting for the members to arrive, we noticed a couple of interesting machines, the most eye-catching being the Traffic Green coloured Mitsubishi Evo X driven by German husband and wife team. Joining the Evo X in our permanent memory banks was a superbly-maintained Evo III that sounded powderful and a menacing red Evo VII that was well prepped.

The plan entailed stopping in Seremban for a few members to tag along and meet the southern members at the venue itself.

Once on the scene, we got the chance to scrutinize the course setup. Utilizing every inch possible, the course saw an extremely high speed entry, possibly maxing it in third, into a double lane change and then onto a 360 before entering a bunch of slaloms, handbrake turns and more lane changes.

All in all, it was a very challenging course that would really give the owners the opportunity to push their machines to the max. A slight gradient at one of the 180 turns made things very interesting with some even attempting a Ken Block reverse entry.

Before things got underway, the usual drivers’ briefing and course walk-throughs were dealt with to give all the participants a clear idea of the course. Gymkhana is as challenging on the memory banks as it is on the engine because there aren’t lines or a clear course marked out and therefore the drivers have to memorize the course and exact sequence of cones.

Understandably during the free-runs there were plenty of wrong turns and general misdirection in the course. Of course, it was all taken in good nature and cast aside with a laugh and determination to get it right the next time on.

Practice does make perfect and once the official runs got underway there were less misdirection and wrong turns. Each driver was allowed three official runs and any misdirection on the course would result in a null and void time. After the first round, it was clear who the top contenders were, recording times seconds faster than the rest of the field and consistently improving on those times in the later runs.

It was a tight fight among Mike Ng in the menacing red Evo VII that was well prepped for a gymkhana event and the Traffic Green Evo X of Andreas West and his wife Eva West. Being the rose among thorns didn’t stop Eva as she recorded times faster than half the field of men.

Mike pulled off his best Ken Block impersonation on the final run to record the fastest time of 1:15:479 for top spot in the Turbo category whilst West had to be contented with the bridesmaid tag with a time of 1:20:824. Making it a crowd was Muhammad Alzaim in his Evo VIII that did things differently from the rest of the field.

Whilst everybody else was driving aggressively and yanking the handbrakes to the max, Alzaim took the smooth and steady approach through the course that yielded him the third fastest time of 1:23:485. Sometimes, especially in gymkhana, slow and steady is the way to go as proven by Alzaim.

Now the Turbo class was naturally dominated by the Evo’s and to level the playing field, an NA class was held for the more sedate Lancers. However, due to problems with some of the members cars, only a single Lancer contested the N/A class, making him the champion by default.

Knowing this from the start, the driver, Syukree, could have gone easy and still walked home with the prize but a full-handed salute goes out to him from us here at Traffic as he showed his Lancer Cedia no mercy and drove it into the ground around the course.

This is the kind of spirit and passion that we need in grassroots’ motorsports. Furthermore, this is precisely the reason more events like this should be held; to build on this and hopefully attract more members and expand the clubs reach, nevermind the sport itself.

After all was said and done as well as tyres burned, a small prize giving ceremony was held. That night, some of the members stayed back overnight and had a little barbeque to celebrate the success of the event.

You can drop by the club’s website at www.mitsubishi-mloc.com.

words & pix: Dinesh Appavu

Comments

  1. Posted by cha_boy e3 yellow on January 7th, 2010, 09:21

    fuh….
    nice…..shoot

  2. Posted by Andreas West on January 7th, 2010, 17:53

    Just for the records, my wife and I’re both German citizen’s not Belgian. So more close to Michael Schumacher than Belgian Cholocate :-)

    If possible please correct, otherwise, great article, thanks!

  3. Posted by Traffic Mag on January 7th, 2010, 18:52

    do excuse our mistakes there… i’ll get right to it. thank you.

  4. Posted by Benjamin on January 7th, 2010, 22:49

    Hi Traffic Mag,

    Great pics and write up !

    May I get your permission to use this pics and update it in MLOC website ?

    I will retain the Traffic Magazine logo as it is, unedited. :)

    Benjamin
    MLOC VP.

  5. Posted by Traffic Mag on January 8th, 2010, 01:41

    hiya ben,

    sure thing bro. it’s a pleasure.

    botak
    editor trafficmagonline

  6. Posted by Leslie Ewe on January 9th, 2010, 03:22

    hey guys,
    nice pics.. Thanks for coming to our event!! hope you guys enjoyed the day !!!

    Cheers!

    Leslie Ewe
    President of MLOC

  7. Posted by Traffic Mag on January 9th, 2010, 05:19

    you’re welcome leslie… it’s a pleasure!

    regards,
    botak
    editor of trafficmagonline

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