An oil seal leak hampered defending champions, Sheikh Mohd Salimee Mohd Fowzi chances of grabbing his first title at the opening round of the Sepang Drag Battle 2012 season at the Sepang International Circuit last Saturday night.
Instead Tan Wai Loong grabbed his opportunity to upstage his more illustrious rivals in the Class A (maximum engine capacity), defeating Mohamad Zaidi Amzah in a thrilling finale.
Wai Loong steered his trusty Mitsubishi Evo 3 to the finish line, crossing in 10.457s with Zaidi piloting his Evo 3 11.220s behind.
Sheikh Mohd Salimee, who retained his overall title by the skin of his teeth last year, did not turn up for his semi-final bout after suffering an oil seal problem, with Zaidi closing in a time of 11.652.
“Salimee’s oil seal problem opened up the way for my win today. Both cars did not perform at their maximum capabilities,” added Wai Loong who finished runner’s up last year.
“I will be tuning my car in hopes of improving my performance for the next round,” added Wai Loong after receiving his trophies.
Wai Loong’s win capped a wonderful opening round which saw one of the biggest turn out in recent years, numbering around 3,000, as the drivers staked a claim to the fastest man in the equivalent of a mean machines sprint race.
Class C (maximum engine capacity 2000cc) was a brotherly affair as Mohd Iqbal Ismail Tajinder edged out his sibling, Mohd Iqram Ismail Tajinder in a neck to neck finish with Iqbal putting his nose in front in a time of 11.814 with Iqram 0.154s behind.
In Class B (no limit engine capacity), Mohd Syukri Mohd Nor put away his disappointment of missing out the overall title last year, when he stormed his Proton Satria to the finish line in a time of 11.389s leaving Nur Faizun Nasri in his wake, 0.384s behind.
words & pix: SIC