The Saturday Night Fever Series will get underway this weekend for its third incredible year of re-introducing affordable door-to-door club-level racing for Malaysians. SNF is all about motor racing for the masses, and in the past 2 1/2 years that it has been running, has been successful in creating a safe yet highly competitive affordable racing environment.
As the Championship series looks towards further growth of it’s exciting formula, SNF event organisers and promoters Ignition.my are introducing new aspects both in terms of safety as well as challenge.
To aid racer’s visibility at the ‘half-circuit chutes’, newly-made spotlights will be placed strategically at these dark and narrow sections. Previously, drivers have mentioned that the key to getting a good lap at these points would be a bit of a leap of faith: “Brake, turn-in, and pray you got it right!” was the popular claim by the top drivers!
More interestingly is that SNF will feature 3 or 4 rounds of racing at the South-track loop of Sepang circuit, providing new challenges, as SNF had previously been a wholly North-track activity. The South-track section is generally acknowledged to be a more flowing, higher speed layout, with up to 4 definitive over-taking points as compared to only 2 real over-taking points on the North Circuit.
In a bid to further expand the adrenalin rush of door-to-door racing to new drivers, SNF will feature a 2-driver 1-hour Enduro race in the middle of the season, whereby the 2nd driver on the team must not be an SNF regular. As refueling and tyre changes will not be permitted, teams will need to work out a strategy to get them to the finish line. It is hoped that more enthusiasts will get to feel and enjoy the excitement of SNF racing this way, as they are able share in the both vehicle and team strategy and preparation.
But the most prominent new addition to SNF for 2013 are new categories for Motorbikes, starting off with two classes for the majority of motorcycles out there blazing the street on weekend nights: the SNF 135 category for 2-stroke motorcycles up to 135cc and 4-stroke motorcycles up to 200cc, and the SNF 150 category for 2-stroke motorcycles up to 150cc and 4-stroke motorcycles up to 250cc.
As it’s a brand new category, most aren’t sure what to expect but to date almost 20 bikes have already signed up, and the organisers are fielding many enquiries from some of the Cub Prix teams which are planning to use SNF as a sort of “talent search” and “R&D” environment.
The Cars categories are also due for a shake-up, as there are new competitors joining the fray: some experienced racing drivers, some highly-successful drag racing teams. The highly-contagious addiction of SNF racing seems to be spreading! Having said that, the existing teams and Champions are not going to take it sitting down and word is that some incredible technical investments and innovations are being made by the incumbent SNF brigade in preparation for the coming war.
Ticket prices for spectators remain the same at RM 30.00 for Paddock access, and RM 10.00 for Grandstand seating.
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