MALAYSIAN SUPER SERIES 2011: FEDERAL TYRES RETAINED AS OFFICIAL TYRES FOR MSS, S1K

Published on February 16th, 2011

Federal Competition Tyres, which drew praises and commendable remarks from racers on its performance  and quality at Sepang Circuit last year, will continue to be the official racing tyres for the new season of the Malaysian Super Series and the third edition of the Sepang 1000 Kilometer endurance race (S1K) this year.

“I am proud to announce that Key Vector Sdn Bhd – the importer of Federal Competition Tyres – will be Sepang’s appointed control tire supplier to the 2011 Sepang MSS 1600cc / 1800cc and the S1K events with the Federal FZ201 195/50-15 semi slick tyres.

“We are very happy with the services provided by Key Vector and the competing teams were happy with the performance of the tyres. Hence, it’s only rationale for us to continue this partnership for 2011,” SIC Chief Executive Officer Dato Ahmad Razlan Ahmad Razali said in a statement.

For 2010, Key Vector provided the competition tyres for MSS’s 1600cc Supersixteen Championship and the S1K, which is competed by cars below 1900cc. With a thousand kilometers to cover around the 5.543-kilometer track, the race runs for eight hours; using between four and six sets of tyres.

Delighted with the contract extension, Russel Palmer, a director with Key Vector said: “We are honoured to be working again with Sepang International Circuit and to be appointed again as the control tyre supplier for the MSS and S1K.

“This is indeed a huge recognition on the performance of our tyres as the Malaysian Super Series; specifically the Supersixteen Championship, which is the leading racing categories at the MSS since the series first started in 2002.

“I am told that SIC did not receive a single complaint on the tyres last year from the competitors; and neither did we receive any complaint. And, for that, we are very pleased. We knew that we would be doing a good job for the drivers and teams as the key people behind Key Vector have been in motorsports in many years and simply understood their needs.

“We aim to continue our good work,” said Russel, adding that their association with the two events – MSS and S1K – had provided wide exposure for the tyres and that the sponsorship had also boosted the overall sale of the Federal tyres.

The MSS new season starts with a combined round of car and bikes competitions on May 21 and 22. This would be followed by another four rounds for cars; and another four rounds for bikes including a joint third and fourth round from September 30 to October 2.

Incepted in 2002, the series underwent various changes over the years and for the 2011 season, it would feature the new 1600cc and 1800cc, which replaces the Supersixteen and Supersaloon Championship.

Scheduled from December 1 to 3 this year, the S1K would be having its third edition while the MSS, which is hailed as the national championship for track racing, would be celebrating its 10th year in 2011.

Commenting on the performance of the Federal tyres, 2010 Supersixteen vice-champion Mohd Faizal Hassim said that the competitors were not only happy with the performance of the tyres; but were even happier with the services provided by the technical team.

“They had their technical staff present on-site to assist us; and to give guidance and tips on getting the tyres to work to the fullest capability. These are really experienced people and their advice were simply spot on,” said Faizal, adding that he was looking forward to the new season.

MALAYSIAN SUPER SERIES 2011

CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

Round 1          21 – 22 May 2011

Round 2          25 – 26 June 2011

Round 3          2 – 3 July 2011

Round 4          30 September – 2 October

Round 5          26 – 27 November 2011

BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

Round 1          21 – 22 May 2011

Round 2          2 – 3 July 2011

Round 3 & 4    30 September – 2 October

Round 5          21 – 23 October 2011 (support race for Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix)

words & pix: SIC

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