JPM Superdrive Challenge Kota Bharu: Huk aloh!

Published on May 30th, 2010

How about a small treat for your viewing pleasure one this fine, very cold Sunday morning? JPM Motorsport has recently hosted the inaugural JPM Superdrive Challenge Kota Bharu. Consider this more of like a distant deranged cousin from that Superdrive Touge session in Bukit Tinggi also held by them early this year.

Anyways, the drive took the participants, and their super-succulent-and-deriliously-expensive cars to a total of 565km, excluding toilet detours, all the way from Kuala Lumpur to the suburban streets of Kota Bharu.

The event was held from May 14 to 16, with a total of sixty-one vehicles including Porsches, Lamborghinis, Volkswagens, Ferraris and other makes as well. Not too surprisingly, although we were wondering why, probably because it’s around the same category based on pricing (if compared to other bikes), Harley Davidson riders joined in as well.

Participants were given the choice to participate in 2 time-based challenges during the event. Think high-speed and “legal” speed limit. The first was TimeBall Challenge, where participants who completed the journey the fastest is the winner. The second was Time Challenge, where the participants were required to complete the journey within the limit of time given.

The Superdrive was flagged off from SP Setia Eco Park in Setia Alam at 9:28am on 14th May 2010.

After tucking the food safely in their stomach, and briefed explicitly by JP Chin, courtesy of SP Setia, the drivers started scorching the tarmac via the Guthrie Corridor Highway, onto the NKVE, through Simpang Pulai (compulsory stop here), Blue Valley towards Gua Musang (1 hour fueling and lunch stop at the Shell Gemilang filling station, with fine Kelantanese food served by Shell Gemilang), continued on to Kuala Krai, and finally the tarmac torturing session stopped at Villa Danialla. Special thanks to Kelantan Marshalls and Police for their kind escort.

Participants were welcomed by aerial welcome show.

Day 2 of the event resumed with an escorted convoy to the stadium where the JPM Time Attack Challenge was held on a pre-set course in one of the stadium’s car parks. The session was also graced by the attendance of the Menteri Besar of Kelantan Datuk Nik Aziz who was not only a spectator, but also enjoyed a ride of his own in a Mitsubishi Evolution X driven by TJ Chin on the course where participants continued to take turns to challenge each other’s fastest lap times. For participants who didn’t want to use their cars, a Lotus Exige S was available for “rental” with a fee of RM200 that would be donated to the welfare of Kelantan.

After another amazing aerial show, participants then adjourned to a hall where they were provided with a brief presentation of the Kelantan State’s Development in 2010 over a hearty lunch. It was also made official that the JPM Superdrive Challenge Kota Bharu 2010 was the biggest automotive-related event to be held in the state. Participants later returned to Villa Danialla to attend a Gala Dinner and prize presentation ceremony, where the winners of the past 2 days were announced.

The JPM Superdrive concluded the next day as participants made their journey back to Kuala Lumpur in the morning.

We would like to ask, although this may sound a little ridiculous. Can a Satria join you guys? It’s a… err… living in denial thing, you know.

Sponsors:
State Government of Kelantan, Lotus, Shell, Mofaz, Automotive Performance Development (APD), SP Setia, Beaumont, e-Vault, Silverlake, Forest ONE.

Partners:
Lotus Car Club of Malaysia, Porsche Club Malaysia, WitInk

Official Media Partner:
Autogridz

words: Al-mu Syahrisyawal Ahmad, Douglas Robin Tan  pix: Sherman Sim & Damion Chee

Comments

  1. Posted by Mak Uia on June 3rd, 2010, 22:41

    Comey gamba Tok Guru tu boh!

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