SEPANG DRAG BATTLE NEW SEASON KICKS OFF THIS SATURDAY

Published on March 15th, 2011

The seventh edition of Malaysia’s premier drag race event – Sepang Drag Battle will get underway on Saturday night (February 19); offering five rounds of contest and five classes of competitions including two classes opened for street legal cars.

“Registration is now opened to all competitors; and participants can choose to sign up for a full five rounds and enjoy a 20 percent savings. Alternatively, they can sign up round by round,” SIC Chief Executive Officer Dato Ahmad Razlan Ahmad Razali said today.

“The entry fee for all classes is RM250 per round. But, for a full season of five rounds, competitors would need to pay RM1,000 only,” he said, adding that as in previous editions, cash prizes would be offered to the top winners for each round as well as top finishers in the championship.

Sanctioned by the national sporting authority, Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) and hugely popular among the local workshops, Sepang Drag Battle is a test of power and acceleration on a 405-meter stretch; marked at the front straight of Sepang Circuit.

Supported by advanced timing system, the race would run against Sepang Circuit’s regular racing flow; finishing at the starting grid in front of time-keeping office, situated at Level One of the Pit Building.

Four of the classes – A, B, C and D are managed directly by SIC while the fifth class and opened to street legal cars with V-Tech and non V-Tech engines, is run by a private company, Avatech Motorsports.

The other category for street legal cars would be Class D, which is opened to turbo-powered street front wheeled driver cars up to 2,000cc. Four-wheeled and rear-wheeled drive cars would not be allowed.

Class C, on the other hand, would only be for the two-wheeled drive natural aspirated cars with an engine capacity of of 2,000cc; while Class B would be a contest of two-wheeled drive cars without any limit on engine capacity but with limited forced induction.

“It means that the cars could either be turbocharged; or supercharged; or just using NOS (Nitrous Oxide System). Only one is allowed on the car,” said Razlan.

The final category would be the open class where it would be a no-hold barred contest as there would be no limit on engine capacity, with no minimum weight and they could be induced with turbo power, supercharged or NOS.

Tickets for the 2011 Sepang Drag Battle are priced at RM10 for seats at the Main Grandstand and RM50 for access to paddock and the pitlane. Parking is charged at RM5 for cars and RM2 for bikes.

2011 SEPANG DRAG BATTLE – RACE CALENDAR

Round 1 – 19th March 2011

Round 2 – 7th May 2011

Round 3 – 16th July 2011

Round 4 – 10th September 2011

Round 5 – 19th November 2011

words & pix: SIC

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