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ADIAN YEIN (adian@ignition.my) Adian was one of the start-up members that initiated the Proton Motorsports Division back in 2003, together with Tengku Djan Ley and Khaidi Kamaruddin, running under the brand name R3 – Race Rally Research. Projects that he led include the Proton Satria R3, Lotus Europa, and all the R3 special edition vehicles up to 2007, where he then transferred to Proton Edar for an 1-year stint as Manager for Marketing Development. He has over 20 years of motorsports experience, both as driver and team manager, culminating in two back-to-back wins of the Merdeka Millennium Endurance race as the Team Manager of the Proton-R3 team. Highlights in his motorsports career include being a D1GP Judge opposite Drift King, Keiichi Tsuchiya, kicking off the malaysian autocross and drifting scene with the Proton SSO, and managing Team Proton-R3’s participation in the Japan Super GT in 2005. Adian was also the host of the car test drive and review television program “Get A Car” that aired on NTV7 in 2009. He currently a professional driving instructor and automotive events operator with Driven Communications, and co-host of the Driven Web Series. He has recently found joy door-to-door racing again at MSF!

Ignition Track Day Sepang, 21 Sept 2014 2-6pm

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Ignition Track Day SUNDAY 21 Sept 2014, 2pm – 6pm, 2 sessions 

We’re ‘keeping it real and affordable. Those that can afford it can take a pit, those that would rather save some hard-earned $$$ can bring your own tent, keeping your operating costs low!

This will be our theme and pricing for our Full Circuit events for the rest of the year.

Track : Sepang Full Circuit
Date : Sunday 21st Sept 2014
Time : 2pm – 4pm, and 4pm – 6pm 
Price : RM 300.00
2nd Driver: As usual it’s RM 100
Pit: RM 70.00 for one session, or RM 100.00 for both sessions.
Target Cars: 75 per session

Confirmation/Registration by payment on first come first serve basis.

If you are not taking a pit, you may setup at the Tent Village allocation area; traffic is strictly one-way:

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As is usual with Ignition Track Days, our experience as a sanctioned race organiser allows us to utilise Safety Cars to reduce downtime and red light sessions, which makes our track day events worthwhile as we save on down-time.

We use our SNF Safety Cars to reduce downtime at Ignition Track Days

We use our SNF Safety Cars to reduce downtime at Ignition Track Days

Instructors are also available on a ‘per 30mins slots’ @ RM 100 – Terms and Conditions apply.

Compulsory safety briefing:
At the Media Centre as usual at 130pm.

Slots are transferable or can be deferred to the next Ignition track event; we do not refund.

For Registration and Payment: 

Complete list of Registration Agents for Ignition.my and SNF events:

N1 Racing
8, Lorong SS 13/3D
Subang Jaya Industrial Estate,
Tel : 03 5636 5557 / 03 5636 5559

Fawster Motorsports
10 Jalan PJS 11/22 Bandar Sunway
46150 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Tel : 012 298 0548

DNT Tune
No.21, Jalan 9/23E,
Taman Danau Kota, KL
Tel : 012 – 654 8794

For other outstation registration, you may SMS 016 2624 299 or 012 204 7338
or please email faisalasri@ignition.my

Ignition.my
Matrix Motorsports Promotion Sdn Bhd
No 10, Lorong SS 1/20A
Kg Tunku, 47300
Petaling Jaya

 

SNF: Why we race door-to-door

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Racing comes in all forms.

You could say a drag race is almost like a carrier-launch. Get everything right, punch the throttle, and be sure to pull up exactly as you reach rotation speed. Get it right, and it’s a perfect run.

There’s the entry-level stuff like time trials and time attacks. That’s like intercepting a squadron of big fat bombers as they enter your airspace: take off, acquire targets beyond sight using the targeting computer, and punch off a handful of AIM-54 Phoenix missiles. Fire and forget.

You could say that an endurance-type of race for little saloon cars (Sepang 1000km for example) is kind of like flying a B52 bomber into the war zone. Fly a straight path, take it easy, and SAMs come up you punch some chaff. Not a whole lot of terror and drama, with speed, precision and timing still important, and a herculean effort by your crew is imperative to get the job get done.

LMP or GT style endurance racing is quite different though. It’s generally acknowledged these days that that kind of endurance racing is a flat-out GP race, and that’s really no joke. The fittest, most skilful, and bravest drivers emerge heroes, and the teams work flat-out keeping the million-dollar weaponry blasting through the night at top speed.

There is also the flat out precision sniper stuff like Rallying, which I could compare to a night bombing run in an A6 Intruder into the HaiPhong area circa 1973 Vietnam war: searchlights piercing the night sky, bullets flying all around you, flying almost blind and on instruments and guided by your co-pilot/navigator; the pilot has got to keep it steady, stick to the plan, keep a precise path, keep a precise speed, and the team release the bomb load at exactly the right moment. It’s not just skill, but determination, discipline, and above all a cool head.

And there’s the fighter pilot kind of stuff: rolling in the air, dodging bullets and missiles, lining up an adversary for a shot whilst at the same time avoiding becoming bait for another plane. Good sensory perception is imperative.

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I quote CDR Mike “Viper” Metcalf in that Man of Man of Man’s Movies – Top Gun:
“During the Korean War, the Navy kill ratio was twelve-to-one. We shot down twelve of their jets for every one of ours. In Vietnam, this ratio fell to three-to-one. Our pilots depended on missiles. They lost their dogfighting skills. Top Gun was created to teach ACM – ‘Air Combat Manoeuvring’. Dog-fighting.”

To me, that sort of sums is all up. You can go fast around a circuit all by yourself, taking the perfect line every time. But throw in 15 other cars trying to do the same thing on the exact same piece of tarmac, and it’s a free for all. It comes down to the driver. It’s a medieval knight charging into a fight on his trusty steed; a fistfight, a pub brawl; like Georges St Pierre heading into a UFC fight, eyes alight and mind searching, probing for an opening to land that one smack that will knock the opponent down! The adrenalin is incomparable, and the victor more often than not dependant on cunning, cool headedness, and strategy rather than raw speed or brawn.

Wheel-to-wheel racing is an Art: the vehicle dances as you sashay your hands over the steering wheel, feet stomping and leaping across the pedals; you manoeuvre delicately, searching for an opening, sometimes creating the opportunity by jinking left and right then plunging and squeezing into the the smallest of gaps! Different drivers dance differently – there are the ballet artists, there are the bullfighters, and there are the ravers (all over the place basically!).

Wheel-to-wheel racing is also a Science: you systematically study your opponents moves, feint and prod a few hypothetical attacks, pay attention to his limits at each thrust and turn, logging the data for the when you set yourself up to take him out – every driver excels or struggles at different turns and circuits according to his personal style; in a nanosecond you mentally calculate the odds of success when you make your move, and when you do so you push the laws of physics right to the edge, and make it stick!

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The adrenalin high, the feeling of accomplishment when you chase down your opponent, then spend the next 4 laps trying to out-do one another in this feral high-speed battle for supremacy is quite incomparable. We do it because it’s a drug addiction.

The mass-media love to generalise that racing is about ‘an adrenalin speed rush’. They’re wrong, because the writer has probably never been in a head-to-head confrontation before in his life. Like any other drug, the ‘adrenalin speed rush’ gets lame after a few hits, and you realise that you’re just going pointlessly fast in a powerful vehicle and the only fear is if a tyre bursts at over 200km/h. When you race wheel-to-wheel, the risk increases ten-fold with every additional opponent that’s in the game: you could be knocked out into a wall, you could spin and get T-boned by another car, a competitor could make a wrong move and you could slam into him at high-speed. It’s no longer just Me, Myself, and I. Like a gambler with his money, we go all in with our lives – we play for keeps. It is literally, Do or Die. It’s a gambling addiction, but the stakes are so much higher!

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But coming face-to-face with your enemy, your nemesis, your greatest adversary sparks a raw, violent aggression within that requires discipline and taming to make the best of it and outwit, out-drive those that stand in your way. The competition are all your greatest opponents because they are all standing between you and the goal of coming in first and being The Best, Numero Uno, The Big Kahuna. And if you back down from the fight, like a whimpering dog.. you’re a chicken, a coward, a Loser. No man worth his salt will stand for that, so a battle to the very end it is! So we race wheel-to-wheel out of Ego.

It’s also about The Show. We visualise how damn awesome we must look, attempting to out-manoeuvre an opponent by going around the outside of Turn 12, smoking the tyres as we’re late on the brakes, sliding the car on all four wheels in an astounding example of ability. We can imagine the awe and the gasps from the the spectating audience, and the horror on the other driver’s face when they realises they’re going down a position. We race like this because it’s Cool.

Above all, we’re not your usual drivers. We like to be challenged, to push the limits. We like to be in control, right at the outer limit of the vehicle’s capabilities, of our abilities. It’s a passion, a programming of the soul, a pride that has to nourished. It’s what drives us. We’re door-to-door Racers, and a bit of feint, thrust, bump, and grind is all part of the grimy path to be a Champion.

I leave you with this quote:

“I try to explain to folks it’s for the love of the game. It’s what God created us to do. That’s how I was wired up. I had a passion and a God-given talent to drive a race car. Could I have taken another career path and done something different? I probably could but I wouldn’t have been as good or as successful at it.”

Darrel Waltrip – NASCAR Legend
3-time NASCAR Series Cup Champion
Second on list of all-time Cup Series winners (84 wins)

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Boy Wong and Akina win frenetic second annual SNF Enduro

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Boy Wong and Akina win frenetic second annual SNF Enduro

Boy Wong and race partner Akina Teo won the Race Cars Class 1 category in the second annual SNF Racing Enduro which was held at the North Track of the Sepang Circuit on 24 May 2014. The SNF Enduro which features two drivers per car and a 35 minute race format attracted a huge entry of 65 cars, with some drivers such as Mitch Chong and Mohd Azman making their debut from Ignition.my’s feeder series SNF Touge.

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Clixster girls @ SNF Racing

Returning to Sepang’s North Circuit, SNF Enduro featured new booths together with new SNF Merchandise to pull a huge spectator crowd. Chief Financial Officer of SNF partner Clixster Mobile, Encik Fakharuddin visited the race this weekend and exclaimed simply, “This is really, really exciting!”

Although this time around the SNF Racing series solely focused on the Enduro, many were looking forward to a big fight between Boy Wong and his main rival this year, Keifli Othman. “It’s unfortunate that my car is not ready for the Enduro and we’re missing all the action. But as they say, that’s racing!” said Keifli when met in the paddock.

So its advantage to Boy Wong from Type R team with the absence of his main rival. However it was no easy path for him and team mate Akina Teo as they had to fend off the hard charging cars of Ong Chee Yong / Vincent Chen from Guang Racing and Mohd Faizal Hassim / Najid Ayyad from DNT Tune, especially so in the opening laps when these attackers seem to always be well within striking range. Without doubt the Type R racing drivers were faster but as the Enduro requires a driver change pit-stop, timing and strategy was essential and their slim lead was constantly under threat.

Greenlight and start of 35-minutes of flat-out racing!

Greenlight and start of 35-minutes of flat-out racing!

The top-three were flat-out running in the 1m 15 bracket, and it would take just a minor error for either one to capitilise on each other. Realising this, the Boy Wong / Akina pair started to push hard to open a gap, setting a benchmark time of 1:14:570 in the process to stay out of range, and this effort secured their win with their Civic EK9 2-litre crossing the finishing line first, ahead of CY Ong / Vincent Chen and Mohd Faizal Hassim / Najid Ayyad.

“We knew we would have to push hard in the first stint to ensure a good margin for the driver change pit-stop, and our success here tonight we wholly attribute to our team members that enabled this fantastic result!” exclaimed an ebullient Boy Wong after the race.

In Race Cars Class 2, Ahmad Firdaus extended his championship lead further as he beat his main rivals to the flag. Partnering his previous Championship rival from 2012 Philip Tang, they provided great entertainment for the fans whereby the race was a close battle between them and Type-R Racing’s Soh Kee Koon who had the experienced Harry Chai as his teammate. Coming in third was the pairing of Shairulnizam and Steven Lai who obviously lacked the pace of the frontrunners and even others who were behind them with their Nissan Sentra B13, but put in a slick drive to make it to the podium.

A lot of eyes were on the Moto categories, as they encountered their first SNF Enduro. For the motorbikes, it would be a flat-out 20-minute race, no rider change nor pitstop. Such a long race at night puts huge mental and physical stress on the riders, and only the strongest would raise the trophy. Would the boys take it easy and save energy in the  first half, before attacking hard in the second? Or would they ride as hard as they could and gamble that they would have the strength to make it to the flag?

M Kanafi and M Imran raced flat-out wheel-to-wheel for 20-minutes, finishing only 0.2 seconds apart!

M Kanafi and M Imran raced flat-out wheel-to-wheel for 20-minutes, finishing only 0.2 seconds apart!

However right from the greenlight it was clear that the only strategy was Flat Out! Pole-sitter and Round 2 winner Mohd Kanafi (MK JB Racing Team) didn’t have a great first lap and dropped down to 5th, while archrival Mohd Imran (Botok Mystery Machine) started P11 but made huge overtaking moves into T1 and through T5-6 to cross the line in the lead at the end of the first lap! Kanafi was back with him by Lap 3, from which point the two rocked away from the rest of the chasing pack and indulged in an incredible wheel-to-wheel battle which lasted throughout the complete race. Strike, punch, lung, dive.. Kanafi and Imran whipped out every trick in the book as they put on a textbook display of dogfighting.

After 20-minutes and 15-laps it was Mohd Kanafi that just pipped Mohd Imran to the flag with the impossibly small margin of only 0.218 seconds! The relief in Kanafi’s body-language was visible as he punched the air then slumped over his trusty Kawasaki KRR150’s fuel tank from exhaustion on the slow ride back to the paddock. Taking up third was Mohd Edzwan Esa (StuntTroopers Msports).

35-minutes door-to-door sprint racing. That's SNF Enduro!

35-minutes door-to-door sprint racing. That’s SNF Enduro!

Back to the car categories, there were fireworks in Honda 1800 as the battle for top honours presented some close racing amongst the top two leaders. It was double duties for Type-R Racing’s Boy Wong and Soh Kee Koon during the Enduro as they also competed in this category as teammates. They were hounded closely by Afiq Affi and Mohd Fahmi Awang from Revolution Autoworks throughout the night. The pair made their intentions clear, matching the pace of the Boy Wong / KK Soh Honda EK9 but just not being able to make the pass, and they remained in second position to the chequered flag followed by Ooi Cheng Lee / Heah Chong from team JDM Racing.

There was consolation for team JDM Racing as their sister car which competes in the enjoyably varied Street Tuned category finished first with their drivers Gan Kim Goa / Lai Chee Kwin. Amidst the more powerful rivals the partnership of Adian Yein and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia winner Alif Hamdan in the seemingly underpowered BMW E30 came in second against all odds. Finishing a close third after a tough battle with the BMW was JMS Tuner with the Toyota Corolla AE101 driven by Muhd Hazlami Hazim / Muslim Mustafa.

Mixed cars but close racing in the Street Tuned formula

Mixed cars but close racing in the Street Tuned formula

The Special Kei category witnessed the return of last season’s champion Logesvaran Kaliaperumal a.k.a. SingBoy with his car sporting attractive new red paintwork. Absent from round 2, most were looking forward to him to provide some challenge to his arch rival Syazril Amri. Unfortunately, for the Enduro only 4 cars took part and the spectacle of the category was sorely missing. This was compounded further when most of them encountered problems during the race. Incredibly and a first for SNF, there was no official race winner as none of the cars qualified as finishers, which was most unfortunate!

Running in tandem with the Special Kei was the Super 1500 and Proton 1800 categories which presented its own climax and further upsets for some teams.

As always the Proton 1800 category is about the rivalry between the 1800cc Protons and the Campro-powered cars, both camps working hard to prove which engine is dominant. Although the Campro cars exhibit a power deficit over their bigger capacity siblings, on more than one occasional they’ve been able to provide a consistently close challenge to the 1800 engined teams.

Maximum attack at the start of the Proton 1800, Super 1500, and Special Kei race!

Maximum attack at the start of the Proton 1800, Super 1500, and Special Kei race!

However this time it was the 1800 Satria of Johan Harun Jaafar from Infinity Speed Works partnered with Sutan Mustaffa that took the honours, closely followed by Fazril Ahmad Zabidi / Mohd Noor Fairuz (the 2012 Street 1800 NA Champion) from GOMS Auto Services also racing a Satria 1.8. The young, capable duo from DNT Tune Ifwat Ataa and Nijya proved the capabilities of the Campro-powered Satria Neo by taking third place, proving their giant-slaying performance in the series this year.

Khairi Mohamad took the Super 1500 category win as his 4G91-powered Proton showed blistering pace throughout the night, especially as he paired SNF 2012 Street 1800 VTEC Champion Ahmad Firdaus Azman. With a fabulous fastest lap of 1:24:326 they were almost untouchable. Their closest rival Ahmad Mozambique / Hasrin Tahir were lapping in the 1:26 in he trusty but quick Proton Saga Aeroback 1.5 Megavalve. Taking the final step of the podium were the pair of Manveen / Kesavamoorthy (legendary SNF cowboy) driving impressively and consistently with their Perodua Myvi 1.3.

SNF Racing will take a long break after the Enduro round and will resume again on August 23 2014. But should you need some additional dose of motorsports action before then, there’s still one more event by Ignition.my which is the SNF Touge which happens on 31st May 2014 at MIMC Melaka.

SNF Merchandise booth

SNF Merchandise booth

 

Jazz Club get ready for the Club Parade

Jazz Club get ready for the Club Parade

SNF Racing 2014 Rnd 3: Enduro!

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It’s time for SNF Enduro 2014!

< PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE ASR FOR SNF ENDURO 2014 HERE >

1) Enduro for Cars and Moto
– Cars 35 minutes, 2 drivers, compulsory driver change
– Moto 20 minutes, single rider, standing start

2) Venue for Round 3, Enduro: North Circuit
– Please refer to layout plan at bottom of page
– Traffic flow is strictly One-Way
– Pits space is available for rent at RM 100.00 per spot
– 1 pit will fit 5 cars. To rent a whole pit to yourself is RM 500.00
– Those not taking pits can set up tentage at the Tent Village area. As usual, lighting and some power points will be provided

3) 2-driver event with driver change
– The Guest Driver must be non 2014 SNF Championship contender from the same category. That means for example, a first driver from Honda 1800 category can be Guest driver for Race Car Class 1.
– It is compulsory for both Drivers to drive in the Enduro format
– There will be a Driver Change window from minute 12 till minute 23. Driver change is compulsory. Tyre change and refuelling is not permitted.
– An indication light will be shown at the Start/Finish pitwall for when the Pit Window is open.
– Pitlane speed limit is 30km/h
– Compulsory pitstop time is 3-minutes. This will be timed from the moment the car enters the PitLane Entry, to the moment the car leaves the PitLane Exit. A 5-seconds time penalty will be imposed for every 1-second that the car is below the 3-minutes compulsory time, with a maximum of 20-seconds upon which the offending car/team will be disqualified. This will be timed electronically.
– Before entering the car, the second driver is required to sign a Driver Change Chit at one of the Check-In booths. This Chit is to be handed over to the first driver, who will sign and return the Chit to the Check-In booth. There will be four (4) Check-In booths within the Driver Change area
– Driver Change is only permitted at the designated Driver Change area. Repairs are not permitted to be conducted at the Driver Change area. Simple overall checking and fluid top-ups only permitted.

4) Repairs to a vehicle during the race
– Repairs are only permitted at the designated Repair Bay, and are limited to the following activities:
o Checking for vehicle and/or engine damage
o Replace punctured/damaged tyre
o Replace or repair minor electrical problems; example headlamp bulbs, fuse, spark plug
o Replace or repair minor mechanical problems; example adjustment of fender or bumper, top-up engine oil
– If a vehicle has serious problem that requires more than 3-minutes of attention, it will be asked to continue in the race (if possible) or will be required to retire (obvious serious damage)

5) Enduro and SNF Racing 2014 Championship
– Enduro is NOT COMPULSORY for the SNF Racing 2014 Championship
– ASR has been released that announces that participation in minimum 4 rounds required to qualify for Championship
– For Enduro round only, championship points awarded will be multiplied by 1.5

6) Event Program
14:00 – 17:00    Registration & Log in
14:00 – 18:30     Scrutineering
18:00   Competitor’s Briefing (Compulsory)
19:00   Stewards check the circuit
19:30   Practice & Qualifying 20min – SNF Moto
19:55   Practice & Qualifying 20min
– Special Kei, Super1500, Proton 1800
20:20   Practice & Qualifying 20min
– Honda 1800, Street Tuned, Race Cars
20:50   MOTO ENDURO (20min)
21:30   ENDURO 1 (35min) – Special Kei, Super 1500 NA, Proton 1800 NA
22:15   Clubs Parade
22:35   ENDURO 2 (35min) – Street Tuned, Honda 1800 NA
23:15 Clubs Parade
23:30   ENDURO 3 (35min) – Race Cars
0000   Prize Giving

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SNF Racing 2014 Round 2: Official Results

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OFFICIAL RESULTS: SNF Racing 2014
Round:
2
Date: 26 Apr 2014

*The complete results for each heat and lap-by-lap analysis may be downloaded below each category’s results.

Moto 135 / Moto 150

Download results for Moto 135 / Moto 150 (.RAR format)

Special Kei / Super 1500 NA

Download results for Special Kei / Super 1500 NA (.RAR format)

Honda 1800 / Street Tuned

Download results for Honda 1800 NA / Street Tuned (.RAR format)

Proton 1800 NA

Download results for Proton 1800 NA (.RAR format)

Race Cars

Download results for Race Cars (.RAR format)

SNF Racing 2014 Round 2: Access, Paddock Layout, Schedule

Access: Due to the XPDC concert, the Grandstand is not accessible. Therefore we have opened up Hillstand B, with the same charges: RM 5.00 per spectator, and you may drive your car all the way in!

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Paddock Layout: The guest Car Club will park at the area next to the racing paddock. Guest car club this round is Campro Lovers.

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Schedule: This is the general schedule for the night

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Ignition Track Day Sepang, 18 May 2014 2-6pm

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Ignition Track Day SUNDAY 18 May 2014, 2pm – 6pm, 2 sessions 

We’re sticking to our theme of ‘keeping it real’. Rates have increased this year, but we’ve split it so that you DON’T have to suffer: those that can afford it can take a pit, those that would rather save some hard-earned $$$ can bring your own tent, keeping your operating costs low!

This will be our theme and pricing for our Full Circuit events for the rest of the year.

Track : Sepang Full Circuit
Date : Sunday 18th May 2014
Time : 2pm – 4pm, and 4pm – 6pm 
Price : RM 300.00
2nd Driver: As usual it’s RM 100
Pit: RM 70.00 for one session, or RM 100.00 for both sessions.
Target Cars: 70 per session

Confirmation/Registration by payment on first come first serve basis.

If you are not taking a pit, you may setup at the Tent Village allocation area; traffic is strictly one-way:

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As is usual with Ignition Track Days, our experience as a sanctioned race organiser allows us to utilise Safety Cars to reduce downtime and red light sessions, which makes our track day events worthwhile as we save on down-time.

We use our SNF Safety Cars to reduce downtime at Ignition Track Days

We use our SNF Safety Cars to reduce downtime at Ignition Track Days

Instructors are also available on a ‘per 30mins slots’ @ RM 100 – Terms and Conditions apply.

Compulsory safety briefing:
At the Media Centre as usual at 130pm.

Slots are transferable or can be deferred to the next Ignition track event; we do not refund.

For Registration and Payment: 

Complete list of Registration Agents for Ignition.my and SNF events:

N1 Racing
8, Lorong SS 13/3D
Subang Jaya Industrial Estate,
Tel : 03 5636 5557 / 03 5636 5559

Fawster Motorsports
10 Jalan PJS 11/22 Bandar Sunway
46150 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Tel : 012 298 0548

DNT Tune
No.21, Jalan 9/23E,
Taman Danau Kota, KL
Tel : 012 – 654 8794

For other outstation registration, you may SMS 016 2624 299 or 012 204 7338
or please email faisalasri@ignition.my

Ignition.my
Matrix Motorsports Promotion Sdn Bhd
No 10, Lorong SS 1/20A
Kg Tunku, 47300
Petaling Jaya