Sepang 1000KM 2010: They smoke and burn ’em!

Published on June 5th, 2010

We left the house to pick up Matin of Cartopia a ‘lil bit late as I was having problem waking up today thanks to the early morning constipation presumably because of over-eating extremely delicious ‘karipap’ the day before. Syawal drove on his own and we met up at Sepang’s Petronas Station before heading to Ali Maju for breakfast… more towards brunch I’d say.

We were still in Ali Maju, enjoying our so and so brunch, when my watch pointed towards 11.40am. Regardless to say, we scrambled out of Ali Maju as fast as we could and headed towards Sepang International Circuit. But as soon as we parked the car, we realised that the race has already started.

We missed the starting grid and them beautiful umbrella girls. We browsed through Shukor Janis pictures and realized that we missed the ‘scenery’ side of the event. As for the spectators, sadly they were scarce, hardly seen and can be counted by fingers despite the parking space at  the designated area near the paddock were nearly filled up.

We stayed until the end and watched quite a few drama on the track. Smoking tyres are a normal thing today, with almost every drivers had overestimated their entering speed into corners at least once. It’s something you can totally expect from an endurance race such as this one.

As the sun started to descend, we saw a lot more lost tractions, smoking tyres and tri-wheelers on the track, with the drivers becoming more aggressive in defending their position. Extreme overtaking, slipstreaming, cilok-menciloking with one another, if they paint the road with white stripes, put a couple of traffic lights on the track, with pedestrians and mat rempits ‘lepaking’ on the side of the track, you’d think that they were racing on the road!

Kudos to Sepang for coming up with the Sepang 1000km Race! The race is clearly giving the entry level class participants a chance in proving themselves on this sacred ground.

With lower capacity engines, the participants will have to really hit those apexes perfectly in making sure that they stay ahead of other contestants. Hard braking, late braking, locking the rear tyres for better turn angles, extreme overtaking, these are professional drivers at their best.

The results are in. Ultra Racing-Kegani (Class 2) was the first to reach the 1000km (181 laps) mark, followed by last year’s winner Type R Racing Team (Class 2). MTRD Sim Boy Racing from Class 1 was the first to reach for its class.

Here are the scores:

CLASS 1 (>1900 cc)

1st: Team 23 MTRD Sim Boy Racing (8:32:26:536)
2nd: Team 86 (8:32:32:222)
3rd: Team Pole Position Racing School (8:34:00:171)

Class 2 (>1600 cc)

1st: Team 36 Ultra Racing Kegani (8:32:01:455)
2nd: Team 21 Type R Racing Team(8:32:24:359)
3rd: Team 22 (8:33:38:590)

text: Hage’ & Al-mu Syahrisyawal Ahmad pix: Al-mu Syahrisyawal Ahmad, Johan Izham Jamalulil, Cartopia

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