K4GP SCORCHES THE SEPANG CIRCUIT

Published on February 12th, 2011

When we first had the opportunity to witness the K4GP few years back, it was a family-oriented, fun and funny, together with various mascots running towards the cars parked slanting to the right side of the track, peeling off Japanese-written stickers off the windscreen before the drivers can pedal to metal. In short, it’s like Le Mans except that it’s done in a more relaxed and fun environment. Since it was an endurance race of 8-hour, we set up camp at the media centre and even managed to take a nap like kids under the table. This was years ago, when we were still young and macho.

There are 30 handicapped drivers as well. If you think the normal drivers are insane, wait till you see how these guys drive.

Turned the rumour that we heard last year saying that the K4GP will be held here in Malaysia in 2011 was true… and with that we came to Sepang International Circuit for a 24-hour Endurance K4GP.  This time around, there are 45 cars participating in the endurance race. A number of Malaysian teams participated to battle it out with the Japanese. The teams were invited by the Japanese to join in the fun. K4GP comprises of Kei-cars of all makes racing against one another, and if only there were A&P, it’s a surefire that spectators will be swarming the grandstand as there are many Kei-car fans here in Malaysia.

Now please tell me this is not cute.

Yes, that's a kain pelikat... and yes, those are racing shoes.

Saturday noon marked the ceremonial flag-off by SIC Chief Executive Officer Datuk Ahmad Razlan Ahmad Razali, who is also competing in the race as one of the drivers for car #69. Apart from SIC’s CEO, other well-known figures such as Ras Adiba Radzi and a few others (who’s name can’t be revealed as there was a warning of being reprimanded by AAM). In my humble opinion, since K4GP is a club-based event back in Japan, it should be treated as any track days apart from being an endurance held here in Sepang International Circuit. It is utterly absurd!

The bikini girl is a dude... not a dudette.

Back to K4GP, it was a festive kind of motorsport event as it is family-oriented and held in a relax manner. As all the Kei-cars were restricted from 1.3cc to 880cc, and there are no maximum limits of how many drivers are allowed per team, this year’s K4GP have a total of 270 drivers taking turns to drive their machines with the objective of covering as many laps as possible under 24 hours. Oh, with 360 liters of fuel.

The cars are segregated into four categories; GP-2 to GP-5. More updates later. Here are some race pix.

text: Hage’  pix: Al-Mu Syahrisyawal Ahmad & Syafril Ismail

Comments

  1. Posted by MiTec-i on February 12th, 2011, 17:46

    wat’s A&P?why no promotion or heard anything bout it before this?and why cant mention names?why so secretive???

  2. Posted by Traffic Mag on February 12th, 2011, 20:21

    A&P: advertising and promotion. we’re not being secretive but we’ve been told that some of the Malaysian drivers might be reprimanded by AAM since K4GP is not AAM-sanctioned… and we don’t want to get any of them in trouble as from the rumours we’ve heard at the media centre, they’re being headhunted.

  3. Posted by Iff on February 17th, 2011, 13:34

    Cute cars & fun event – awesome! cheers~

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