The final round of SNF Racing 2014 held at Sepang South Circuit on 29 November 2014 brought the most surprises of the year, as the podium felt the excited jumps of joy of no less than 3 first time winners this year, and a bunch of new faces just missing out on making it to the top.
The SNF Moto categories raced on a rain-soaked circuit, the skill and bravery of which defies belief as they still manage to take Turn 12 with their knees scraping the damp tarmac in the dark. In Moto 135 Allen Wong Wah Heng of DRS Racing took the Championship a mere 105 points ahead of his main rival, Mohd AlHakim of Redspeed Racing Team. Allen only won one round to AlHakim’s two wins, but in the end consistency pays. For Moto 150, Mohd Edzwan Mohd Esa of StuntTroopers Motorsport was crown Champion as his nearest rivals Muhd Emran and Mohd Kanafi missed out on the last race.
In the Super 1500 category, glory finally came the way of Nazrul Hakim / Shamir Aizan in their Honda Jazz. Championship winner Khairi Mohmad’s luck gave way as his car met with technical trouble, gifting the Honda Jazz pair an ecstatic first win. “It’s been a great first year in SNF, and winning this final round was the icing on the cake!” exclaimed Nazrul Hakim.
With the circuit being wet, it was always expected that a great driver in an underpowered car would be able to shine, and such was the case in the Proton 1800 race. The race started in damp conditions, and Syahrizal Jamaludin piloting a Satria Neo 1.6 took the lead into the first corner of the first lap out-driving the Championship leader Fazril Ahmad (Satria 1.8). Syahrizal held Fazril back with some sensational dog-fighting skills for 4 laps, but knew it couldn’t last. Says Syahrizal: “I used every trick in the book, but as the circuit dried up Fazril will able to get better traction at corner exit and eventually I had to let him through”. Syahrizal kept the heat on but Fazril was unfazed, worthy of a Champion. They crossed the line separated by only 0.4 second, and Fazril takes the Championship for 2014.
The Championship for the popular Street Tuned category had previously been decided as Gan Kim Koa of JDM Racing developed an unassailable lead in his 1900cc Honda Civic EF, but his main protagonist Phagvinder Singh was not going to make it easy with his high- powered Proton Satria 1800 MIVEC. Phagvinder lead the first 4 laps but alas pulled over at
Turn 9 with smoke billowing from his engine bay, and Gan Kim Koa again took the win. “The competition is getting fierce,” said Gan later. “It’s not going to be so easy next year!”
Another pair to finally break their duck were Affiq Afifi / Fahmi Awang, finally taking the top step of the podium in the Honda 1800 category. Throughout the year they have been threatening experienced racer and second-time Championship winner KK Soh with some very quick driving, and this round was finally theirs to claim as KK Soh pulled off halfway with technical problems.
The Big Fight came in the Race Cars event. The front row was MSS 2014 Touring Car Champion Mark Darwin (partnering Faizal Hassim who won the Qualifying Heat) versus multiple MSS Champion Boy Wong. It was going to be brutal, it was going to be fast, and for sure no quarter would be given!
At the Green light the crowd roared as the cars streamed into Turn 1, and it was Mark Darwin in the DNT Tune Honda Civic EK9-K20 that was leading. Boy Wong pushed the Team Type-R Honda Civic EK9-B20 as hard as it would go. It was an epic battle of multiple proportions: Honda K-series versus Honda B-series VTEC engines. 15-inch tyres versus 17- inch tyres. DNT versus Ah Siong. Young Champion versus multiple Champion.
Boy pulled out every trick in the book, attempting to goad the young upstart into a mistake, never more than 1-second behind, getting so close at one point he accidentally tagged Mark’s rear at Turn 9. There was literally nothing between the two stars as they sped past the grandstand, lap after lap. But Mark kept it together, displaying the coolness and maturity that he has shown in the Malaysian Super Series races, and he lead Boy across the finish line to win the spectacular race. Boy Wong however, is the 2014 SNF Racing Race Cars Class 1 Champion, having had to endure an early-season attack from Keifli Othman and now, from Mark Darwin.
A flash in the pan by the ‘Pretenders’? Perhaps not. If this is a sign of things to come, we can look forward to some fiercely close racing indeed next year! As SNF Racing also upgrades to a National Series in 2015 (SNF Racing National Series), we can look forward to what is possibly going to be the most exciting SNF season yet when racing re-commences on 7th February at Sepang South Circuit!
Full race results and the latest updates are available on http://www.SNF.my
Words & Photos: Ignition