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MegaLAP Preview Round 11 Dec 2011: Registration is Open!

Registrations are now open for Megalap!

Designed for competitive track junkies who do not want to sacrifice their car in door-to-door racing, Megalap is a Time Attack challenge series that only requires the competitor to time their fastest lap around Sepang circuit.

Megalap will officially take place next year with 6-rounds already confirmed to happen at Sepang Circuit and some at the Pasir Gudang Circuit in Johor Bahru.

However, to whet everyone’s appetite, we are organizing a preview round this 11th of December. Interested competitors can sign up at N1 Racing and Motorsport Playground in Sunway.

The categories are as follows:

FF Festival – NA
FF Festival – Forced Induction
RWD Pursuit – NA
RWD Pursuit – Forced Induction
4WD Battle
Open Season

And perhaps even a GT category, if there’s enough interest.

Still confused? What about tires and such? Want to know more? Click here for Technical regulations, or click here for Sporting regulations.

Entry fees stands at RM400 plus RM100 as a deposit for the transponder.

Visit www.megalap.com for everything you need to know.

Protect Your Rims with ProDubs!

Pro-Dubs are custom rim protectors made in the USA, and offer the easiest and most convenient form of wheel protection in the market today. Designed and manufactured in the United States, Pro-Dubs prevent the outermost edge of the wheel from impacting the curb by absorbing the damage. So, ‘custom wheel loving’ Malaysians have to worry no more as the highly durable ProDubs safely protects your costly investment.

So how do they work? Pro-Dubs sits between the wheel and tire, and on top of the flange of the wheel; traditionally the area of the wheel that ends up getting scratched which is more commonly known as curb rash.

This usually happens when the edge of the rim comes into contact with the curb, most commonly occurring while parallel parking or pulling alongside to a curb. It can also happen when the car makes a turn too early, resulting in going over a curb or just sliding off.

Pro-Dubs are offered in a one-size-fits-all system and can fit rims up to 22”. They are easy to fit and installation does not require the wheel unit to be removed or disassembled.

Installation is easy enough to do yourself, though a professional installation through a network of dealers and installers is recommended. Furthermore, the product does not affect rotation or balancing of the wheel nor will it cause air leakage. It’s also tested to withstand high speeds, extreme heat and is compatible with run-flat tires.

Pro-Dubs fit all wheels including OEM and after-market brands except for certain after-market designs where the spokes sit on top of the flange. Pro-Dubs also cannot fit properly if the tire is under-sized, width wise, but will work on normal/recommended sized and oversized tires width wise.

Pro-Dubs can protect a wheel more than once against curb rash while OEM manufacturers recommended that a rim be replaced after four refurbishments. Pro-Dubs only protects the finishing of the rim and does not protect the structural integrity of a wheel against impact, though tests have indicated a wheel’s structural integrity will fare better on impact with Pro-Dubs installed. For instance, Pro-Dubs does offer some mild form of protection against potholes but deformation is still possible.

Pro-Dubs retails at RM570/set of four and in case of severe damage, you can also buy a single replacement strip. For more information, visit www.protectyourwheels.com.

SNF6 – Big Boys Race & More Drama!

There have been several attempts at concluding the drama at every SNF and the world epic has been the most commonly used description. And Round 6 was no different.

Somethings were different this time around though, for example, SNF6 was held on a Friday instead of the usual Saturday night. SNF also played host to a Hari Raya Open House for all the participants and visitors alike, (some resplendent in their traditional Baju Melayu) with enough food for second helpings.

The Open House was also used as a platform to announce that a brand new series will be held next year and it is to be called – MegaLap! The MegaLap is a time-attack challenge and is destined to be popular especially with guys with big horse powered cars.

Although it was a Friday, this did not deter participants to enter Round 6 and in fact this time around the series received participation from the big boys who are regular runners and winners of other motor racing series in Malaysia.

Most of these guys were gunning for the Forged Racing RaceCars Category. Apart from the regular runners in this category this time around we had the company of teams from JC Racing and Type R Racing with their line-up of star-studded drivers.

And boy the stars were bright that night as the heats began. For many this was their opportunity to watch how the top teams were running which provided a great spectacle of close racing.

As usual the start was dramatic with everyone (all 22 cars) gunning for the first turn together and contact was inevitable. Chaos ensued when Raymond Liew’s mistake here brought contact upon Jeffrey Moo and Lim Kum Soon which also caused Ee Yong Chern (HKS Silvia S15) to spin prompting the following pack to take evasive actions. These incidents brought out the red flag almost immediately to clear the debris.

After the debacle of heat 1, the second heat went on without a hitch and finally spectators were able to watch some fine racing. After salvaging his car from the first heat’s incident, Ee Yong Chern was hammering it out for top position with a Honda EK9 from team Type R Racing. Although he had the straight line power advantage, he had to keep a watching brief every time he comes to a turn where the smaller and nimble EK9 has the upper hand. Finally the power of his Silvia S15 prevailed and Ee Yong Chern crossed the line first followed by Type R Racing and Faizal Hashim in third.

Heat 3 continued similarly with Ee Yong Chern again dicing with team Type R Racing’s EK9. But this time around the driver of the EK9 was not going to settle for second place and applied more pressure to Ee Yong Chern to which the latter eventually cracked.

Aided by the power of his car Ee Yong Chern was not going to give up that easily and put up a fight and managed to recapture first place. But the Type R Racing’s driver second place was being threatened as out of nowhere JC Racing’s DC 5 appeared behind him and with supreme confidence passed the EK9 and targeted Ee Yong Chern’s Silvia. Lap after lap the pair was together and finally again, the Silvia’s horsepower saved Ee Yong Chern position. That night Forged Racing RaceCars Category has a new winner and the 2 top guys also cracked the lap record when they ran in the 1 minute 14 seconds.

The category that has been plagued with controversies, the FF Festival, lived up to its reputation once again when the night ended with drama and disrepute during the podium ceremony.

This time around Kazama Autoworks contested in this category with Lai Wee Sing taking up the driving duties. The team’s entry has been overdue as there’s great rivalry between this team with the other top runners of the category.

Lai Wee Sing aka Ah Lai dominated the first heat but Kesavamoorthy aka Moorthy was always in his sight in waiting. This was how they finished and were followed by the hardworking Desmond Yee of N1 Racing in third. Some admiration to Desmond though as he had to work his way up to that position when he began from the tail end!

Heat 2 began with the trio this time around running closely together. Although Ah Lai once again dominated the heat, he was not about to get it easy in heat 3 as the night unfolded.

A highly motivated Moorthy seemed to apply pressure on Ah Lai right from the start of the last heat. It was so tight between the pair that at some turns, some say that Moorthy was ahead and just as quickly it was Ah Lai’s turn in out in front, it was nerve-wracking! This dice went on right to the end with Ah Lai holding on to first place followed by Moorthy and Desmond.

The main protagonist for the 4WD Battle once again battled for top honours during Round 6. The category welcomed M7 Japan as the official sponsor which definitely made aiming for the top three positions a prime target.

Tung Wei and Jon Teo of N1 Racing Team provided a stellar performance by dominating the category with Niki Tham completing in third place for heat 1.

In heat 2 the N1 Racing pair positions were threatened when Ahmad Zuhaili made his way past Jon Teo for second position and was targeting Tung Wei next. Jon was having none of that and wanted that place back which resulted in the pair closing on Tung Wei in the lead. Jon’s determined drive gave him back that position where they finished in the respective order.

Heat 3 concluded with once again Tung Wei, Jon Teo finishing in that order joined by Niki Tham from Singapore.

We’re sure most of you are curious about the Hyrax Oil CamproChase. Well, finally Megat Shazreal of F3 Matspeed fame finally nailed it by winning the first heat. Although Megat won easily he was without his nemesis Michael Ayyavu who left the driving duties to his brother Andrew. Nonetheless it was a great drive by Megat. His win has been waiting for him and his team but unfortunately it was short-lived.

In heat 2 Megat had his buddy Razak Mohideen, a seasoned race car driver took over control of the car and things were about to go bad when during the start, the car developed some brief misfiring, and that was not the only problem. With the car eventually running well Razak was on a roll and just before coming out onto the front straight; the left front wheel came off which ended his race prematurely. With no competition in sight Andrew took the overall honours for the Hyrax CamproChase category.

Dubbed as the Mafia category, the Ultra Racing Street 1.8 Open which sees various types of cars dicing again provided the greatest door-to-door racing.

Spectators favourite Steven Lai and his Toyota Vios Turbo was once again in the limelight where he was going tooth and nail against Ahmad Firdaus driving his Honda Civic EF. The pair was battling it out like it was the final heat but eventually Ahmad had the advantage and won the first heat. Taking third place was Mohd Fahmi in his Civic EK9.

Ahmad Firdaus and Steven Lai continued their battle in heat 2 but this time around they had Francis Ng joining them. Although Ahmad kept his place till the end, Steven had to concede second place to Francis when he made a mistake. Ahmad Firdaus continued his dominance in the final heat followed by Philip Tang and Francis Ng.

K.Logesvaran aka Sing Boy knew that the competition in the GAB SuperCompact class would get harder and harder, his only response was to make his car quicker which he did by recording a lap time of 1 minute 22 seconds!

Although K.Logesvaran took the overall honours in round 6 he was constantly pursued by Muhamad Zahid who was matching his lap time. Let’s see whether K.Logesvaran will improve his car further as apart from Muhamad Zahid he’s also got to be wary of the improving Syazril Amri.

Those familiar with the Super 1.3 Category would know that it’s usually been dominated by the Toyota Starlet Turbos squad. Well things changed slightly when a Perodua Myvi driven by Mohd Azwan put up a good fight to make it to the final step of the podium. As usual, the Starlets make up the top two places driven by Ahmad Sharifuddin and Ahmad Ezani.

Next race takes place November 12.

Pictures from SNF6.

As usual, SNF lived up to expectations. Plenty of battles on track, and some off, provided hours of entertainment for the spectators. Despite taking place on a Friday night, due to the track not being available on Saturday night, 130 cars took part in the race. Besides racing, SNF6 also played host to the first ever Raya “Open House” where all event attendees were invited for a spot of rendang, ketupat, and satay, lots and lots of Satay.

SNF is a race that is open to all. Bring your R35 GTR or your Mini, its a place for racers, not posers.

See what we mean?

SNF is still serious business, registration is a must so we can disqualify you in case you misbehave. Or help you gain a position in case someone wronged you.

It’s also a great place to meets girls and get them to pose for your camera. As demonstrated above.

Raya trio singing a happy song. Or Adian giving a welcome speech. You decide.

Massive tires for grip, and massive intercooler for speed.

Representing the Southside, the Kazama FD2R features massive speed and took home first place in the FF Festival category.

Go Fast pieces 1.

Go Fast pieces 2.

The regular pace car for SNF. Courtesy of Vision Motorsports.

The Satria Neo’s always look good and back that good looks up by displaying good lap times.

Mat Speed racers are regulars too.

So are SNF boogey dancers.

 

Got fast car? Race it.

Another one of the SNF monster cars.

A typical pit at SNF.

Sponsors. Girls. And fast cars. SNF at its current best.

DJ Michelle throwing it down.

N1 is another regular sight at SNF. Usually at the top of the podium too.

Full livery of the Kazama FD2R.

Leona Chin and her SNF boogie dance.

Next SNF – Nov 12

Our Drift Clinic is Here Again!

It’s that time again for us to offer to teach how to drive sideways, fast! Our Drift Clinic is spearheaded by veteran race drivers Adian Yein and Faisal Asri. Below are the details you need and a video of what goes down at the Ignition.my Drift Clinic.

8 october 2011, 930am till 6pm
RM 300 per driver for a maximum of about 10-12 participants
RM 700 per driver to rent the BMW E30 325i Drift Bitch, maximum 3 drivers; fuel and tyres included
Venue is SpeedCity @ The Mines
Water provided

Click here to see some pictures from our first drift clinic.


Introducing The Man Tipped To Shake Up The M7 Japan FF Festival Category

Many have been asking who the special inclusion into the M7 Japan FF Festival is and why the secrecy behind it? Well, he was recommended by someone who is no stranger to Malaysian motorsport. This new racer, who is tipped to shake up the M7 Japan FF Festival category, even laid havoc at last year’s Time To Attack: Sepang, a time attack challenge organized by Zerotohundred.

Remember the Kazama tuned Honda Civic Type R driven by a certain Johorean ‘Ah Lai’? He completely blew away the domination of the Links GTR driven by Farriz Fauzy. Of course Farriz annihilated the times at the end, but Ah Lai put on a good show and we trust he’s going to do exactly that again at this Friday’s SNF6. So there you have it, we have spilled it, Ah Lai will be on hand to put on a good race for us. Below is a video of him at last year’s Time To Attack.

His presence could just break some hearts, but that’s racing. Be there this Friday – 9.9.2011.

SNF 6 – Predictions

It’s that time of the month again where racers of all pedigree come out to prove their worth. After the long Raya break, we are pretty sure that the drivers and their machines alike are excited to put down the rubber and step up to the podium. So who’s about to make it? Here’s our prediction:

GAB SuperCompact

K. Logesvaran aka Sing Boy is still the sole holder of the throne to this category. Round after round, no one is yet to take his position. But if we look at Round 5, Sing Boy seemed to have fought hard to defend his position. He faced a daunting challenge by Syazril Amri. If you look at their lap times, both recorded almost identical times of  1m 25s. It’s expected that if Syazril Amri were to participate in SNF 6, Sing Boy will face a more challenging task. It’s certain that Syazril Amri is ready to seize the throne to the GAB’s SuperCompact considering he was able to pile pressure on K. Logesvaran aka Sing Boy. Who will carry the throne for this category? We will find out this Friday.

Super 1.3 Open

This category is one of the more entertaining. When this category was introduced, a trio of Toyota Starlet’s surprised many parties. With a time 1m22saat, the Starlets delivered a blow to racers with larger engines. But in the absence of Ghazi Fawwaz, Ahmad Shariffudin (who clocked 1m22s) seems to be hiding his skills. But the absence of Ghazi Fawwaz may not allow Ahmad Shariffudin to completely dominate this category. The rise of a new driver in this category, Mohd Zulkifli Mohd Azwan who drives a Perodua Myvi will be something to watch. He managed to break the dominance of the Toyota Starlet’s with a second place finish after a hard-fought battle with Muhammad Jamili. For SNF 6, if they are back in action, expect a great battle between them. Some think that Muhammad Jamili will reclaim second position for this category. But Ghazi Fawwaz will not let it happen so easily. During  Heat 1 he is usually casual by letting himself be intercepted. But at Heat 2 and 3, he really turns up the pace.

Hyrax Oil CamproChase

It’s probably safe to say that the most epic battles during SNF 5 took place in this category. The two racers who put down a great show were Michael Ayyavu of Junior Racing Team and Megat Shazreal from F3-Matspeed. The race between the two are pretty entertaining because both are capable of securing first place. Aboy aka Michael Ayyavu claimed the throne to this category in the last round, even after a great challenge by Megat Shazreal. Forecast for SNF 6? If they participate in this round then we have a pretty good show for sure.

Ultra Racing Street 1.8 Open

This is a storied category. Vincent Chen was crowned champion for this category during SNF5, but only after Ashan Silvia and Mohd Reduan crashed in Turn1, Vincent capitalized on this and left the other participants in his wake. Steven aka Jackie Chan Lai however was left to defend his position from  a hard charging Johan Haron aka Joe Mivec. While Ashan Silvia successfully finished second when he managed to intercept Steven Lai and Johan Haron in the last lap. If Ashan Silvia, Vincent Chen, Steven Lai, Johan Mohd Haron and Reduan participate in Round 6, then we have a real hot race in our hands. No predictions here but a secret source says that everyone in this category have secretly updated their machines.

4WD Battle

A battle between great friends is always a spectacle and Jon Teo and Tung Wei always provide a good show. The two buddies lit up SNF5 with their on track antics and we can anticipate the same from them in Round 6. But we can’t discount the ability of Niki Tham, Kenneth Lim and Jayhangir Joshi. The three of them clocked under 1m18s, if these three improve their machines. The battle between the two friends could have more competitors.

M7 Japan FF Festival

Controversy for controversy. That is the main identity of this category. From challenges on Facebook till on-track battle, this category is full of drama. The changing of guard has already happened during SNF5 when Moorthy of Ayyavu Kesavamoorthy aka Junior Racing Team took the number one spot that was held for quite some time by Desmond Yee of N1 Racing. Third place was again held back by Ahmad Fauzi aka Ali from Prodrag Evotec. Fastest time for this category still belongs to the 1m15s done by Desmond Yee. While Moorthy and Ali have been clocked 1m16s. If the three main characters choose to participate in SNF6, the ensuing battle will be one to watch.

Forged Racing RaceCars

If races were won based on lap times alone, Kelvin Low from N1 Racing would be expected to be crowned champion again. But attention should be paid to Jeffrey Moo and his Honda CRX, Lee Kum Soon and Eugene Lee. These three are expected to put on a fierce battle during SNF6. But a note to Kelvin Low, according to our sources, he should watch our for a new face to battle with.

So that’s that then, catch the heat of these races on 9.9.2011, this coming Friday. Oh and just to whet your appetite while you watch, we are also having a SNF Hari Raya Open House. So bring some food to contribute to the table, put on your best Raya clothes, and be prepared for an interesting clash of some of the most talented grassroot racers in Malaysia.