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Announcing: MegaLAP Round 5 J-Circuit, 7 Oct 2012

Round 5 MegaLAP Time Attack Series 2012: J-Circuit Pasir Gudang 7th October 2012!

Yes, this is The Big One you’ve been waiting for! None of that piddly, sterile F1-circuit stuff, this is the place that separates the Men from the Boys. It’s relatively easy to set a quick time at Sepang: find a powerful car, add $$$ and horsepower, and off you go. Pasir Gudang circuit rewards a well set-up and balanced car above-and-beyond simply outright power.

This will be very different from any other event you’ve driven at J-Circuit, as we’re bringing in proper AMB transponders and computerised timing system (not cheap!). No light-beam or hand-timed shambles going on at MegaLAP. For once and for all, and down to the thousandth of a second, it’s time to cut the bullshit and record your best lap at J-Circuit for the world to see!

Event will feature Safety Marshals on track with fire extinguishers, ambulance on standby, and rescue truck. We run a well-organised event where your safety is our utmost concern!

ADDITIONAL:
Morning Track Day for testing and practice from 11am – 1pm. RM 150 per car, RM 50 for second driver.
Accomodation is arranged with a special price at Pulai Springs Resort, Johor. Prices from RM 202.00 for two pax including breakfast. BBQ dinner on Saturday night RM 30.00/pax. More info at bottom of this post.
Car Transporter is arranged for those cars that do not wish to be driven down. Depart KL Saturday morning arrive Saturday evening. Return to KL Sunday night arrive Monday early morning. RM 500 per car, return trip. Each trailer carries 7-cars.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE MEGALAP.COM WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS AND REGISTRATION FEE!

MegaLAP 2012: Results & Summary Rnd 4

FOR COMPLETE OFFICIAL RESULTS SHEETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

FOR OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

Interest was high in this last of the daylight MegaLAP Time Attack rounds at Sepang, and in no means did any of the teams take it any less seriously.Excitement grew and the sounds of growling, burbling engines filled the Sepang Pit Building as crews and teams registered that morning. The sky was starting to look overcast, and at noon our trusty photographer Froggie arrived with the news that it was absolutely pouring in Subang, only 30km away.

In the super-street tyre-based Clubsprint VTEC/Turbo class, many were looking forwards to a straight fight between Mark Darwin (DC5R) and Singapore’s Edwin Khoo (Evo 5), as they left off from Round 2 with just a second between them, Edwin taking the win back then. But it was not to be, perhaps Edwin’s new settings weren’t up to par, whereas Mark was flying with his new engine. 2m36.210 is the new benchmark set for Clubsprint VTEC/Turbo. Mohd Azlan Rabu pipped Edwin to second, and it was Norman Souza Tan’s gorgeous blue S2000 that followed up in 4th.

Altezza VS S2000 in Clubsprint category!

As for Clubsprint NA, no one knew what to expect when we saw that Zebedee Tay had registered his quad-throttle Altezza RS200. Raja Izzat (Satria GTI) too had brought some new improvements to the game, and err so did I (BMW E30 325i) in the form of our newly launched RS Ignition-FA Racing suspension. Previous round winner Shazli Mohd’s Altezza was down and out, but he managed to score a loaner Altezza from a fellow club member (now THAT’S what real car clubs are for!). In the end it was no contest: although Raja Izzat dropped his time to 2m46 and I improved by 3-seconds to 2m48 (thanks to our RS Ignition suspension!), we were no match for the Zebedee who clocked 2m44.181!

The new Clubsprint Campro category was a bit of a washout, with only 2 entrants. Izwan Baharom, famous of SNF, faced coil-firing issues all afternoon which allowed autocross-refugee Ken Erai to take his first win at Sepang!

Several expected new rivals for Desmond Yee (FD2R) in the Dragstar Pro FF NA category did not materialise, although Suhaimi Shukor in his famed, blue K24 DC5R was out for blood. Suhaimi came close with 2m32.733 but Desmond was ultimately untouchable with 2m30.383.

In the Dragstar Pro FF Turbo category Syed Mohd Rizal was the sole contestant, and took the opportunity to set a new best time in class of 2m40.835. Perhaps next round we’ll see the rest of the FF Turbo gaggle return to fight for the right to sit on the top of the Forced Induction throne!

The Dragstar Evo sported a new wide-body kit

Dragstar Pro 4WD was nuts. The crowd were at the edge of their seat as the top-5 cars traded fastest laps for the first few minutes into the second session, the Commentator reeling off each new fastest lap for the benefit of the spectators at every 1-minute interval as they were being set. The Singaporeans were strong here with famous drivers James Kee and Eldred Goh expected to set the scene, yet it was the little city-state’s Allan Wong that got closest to reigning champion Hsiao Tung Wei (Subaru GDB RA-R) and his time of 2m28.679. The next 4 cars all followed closely in the 2m31s.

Dragstar Pro RWD featured the return of Drift personality Tengku Djan (BMW E36 M3 Evo) and Torres Christian Georges (Z33), but many knew their afternoon would not be easy as a couple of very, very serious looking Silvia’s and a 180SX rocked up.

Unfortunately the turbo monsters were also rather sensitive: Wiiliam Ho’s S15 bowed out during practice with a busted engine, a shame coz it look fantastic; and Kinson Chong’s 180SX repeatedly broke down whilst in the middle of a flying lap. Thus it was left to Kenneth Lau’s Pitworks S15 to do the job. And he didn’t disappoint, setting a blistering 2m30.352 and setting a new record for Pro RWD!

Norman Tan's S2000 was beautiful!

In the Supercar category, GT Auto’s GTR driven by Raymond Liew was trying out the much anticipated Hankook RS3 tyres, hoping to retake the crown from Singapore’s Aloysius Lek and his GTR. Sadly the quickest they could manage was 2m27.822, a second behind their previous best set in Round 1. Cheam Tow Keat made it to second place, and Nick Mah – who swapped his Cayman S this weekend for a Ferrari F430, came in third.

Open category was a straight sweep by Singapore’s SPARKS Motorsports, their S15 claiming fast in Open 2WD and their Lancer Evo 9 setting a new quickest laptime of 2m26. 527 for the Open 4WD enroute to its win. Seasoned racer Akina Teo was behind the wheel of both cars. Unfortunately for Faye Kusairi, her Silvia S13 broke down in the first session and she was unable to set a competitive time, the car parked on the outside of Turn 1.

With the end of this round thus was the last chance for Teams and Drivers to set their quickest daytime laps of Sepang. After this the circus heads down south to a first ever Time Attack at J-Circuit Pasir Gudang on 7th October, and then we’re back at Sepang for a night Time Attack (and paaaarrteee!!) on 1st December.

FOR COMPLETE OFFICIAL RESULTS SHEETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

FOR OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

Announcing: MegaLAP Round 4, 26 August 2012


Round 4 MegaLAP Time Attack Series 2012: Sepang F1 Circuit 26th August 2012!

This will be the last of the daylight rounds at the Sepang F1 Circuit for 2012, so be sure to take advantage to set your best daytime lap for once and for all!

After this our circus heads to Pasir Gudang in October, and then back to the Finale at Sepang on the night of 1st December.

PLEASE BE INFORMED THAT REGISTRATION IS OFFICIALLY OPEN!!

DETAILS:

Location: Sepang F1 Circuit
Date : Sunday 26th August 2012
Time : 1pm – 5pm
Price : RM 500/SGD 230 entry by Wednesday 22/6, RM 600 for late entries
- Includes the RM 100/SGD 50 transponders deposit.

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

Regulations are the same, with the explanation here, and now includes the CLUBSPRINT – CAMPRO CHASE category which is outlined here.

SCHEDULE:

1030: Registration and log-in at Media Centre
1200: Driver’s Briefing (Compulsory)
1300: Practice Run
1400: Session 1
1430: Session 2
1500: Session 3
1530: Session 4
1600: Session 5
1630: Session 6
1700: Prize Giving Ceremony

HOW IT WORKS:

Everyone gets to run in the 1-hour practice session.

Each category will then be given 2 x 25 minute runs, in alternate sessions e.g. Session 1 and Session 4, or Session 2 and Session 5, or Session 3 and Session 6.

Recommended strategy: Don’t go out as soon as the session light turns green. Give it about 5-6 minutes, then head out and do 2 flying laps, and make them good ones!

Sporting Regulations for MegaLAP are available for download here.

CATEGORIES:

Categories are divided by tyre-classification. Clubsprint is for Street Tyres, Pro is for Semi-Slick tyres:
ClubSprint for street cars on street tyres, up to 2.5L capacity. Sub-categories for VTEC/Turbo, NA, and Proton Campro.
Pro Spec for street cars on semi-slick tyres (as per THIS LIST), in accordance to World Time Attack Rules. Sub-categories for 4WD, RWD, FF-NA, and FF-FI
Open 2WD and Open 4WD are for pure competition-prepared vehicles on semi-slicks, SFI racing safety gear required
Supercars category is for… Supercars! This has been defined HERE

Technical Regulations for MegaLAP are available for download here.

FOR REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT:
Singapore: get in touch with Henry Tang +65-81982081 / racecraftacademy@yahoo.com
Malaysia: kindly contact Faisal Asri +6016 262 4299 / faisalasri@ignition.my
OR Adian Yein Khalid +6012-6881200 / adian@ignition.my
Registration Agents (Malaysia): N1 Racing, Sunway
OR Motorsports Playground, Sunway
OR DragStar, Aman Suria

Registration Form for MegaLAP is available for download here.

Last date for Federal Motorsport Tyres order for MegaLAP Round 4 is 15 August 2012 (Before Hari Raya). The program now includes both the FZ201 and the 595 RSR tyres. For more information and list of sponsored-rate tyres and prices, check out the page here.

MegaLAP: Next rounds for 2012

We take this opportunity to announce the coming rounds for our MegaLAP Time Attack Series 2012:
– 26 August 2012 1pm – 5pm: Sepang F1 Circuit
– 7 October 2012 (TBC): Johor Circuit
– 1 December 2012 8pm – 12am: Sepang F1 Circuit Night

The round on 26 August will be run as usual, with the addition now of the Campro Chase category which will remain as part of our MegaLAP Time Attack Series.

As for Pasir Gudang, we are awaiting confirmation. Something different, something more challenging. I’m sure there are some that are getting bored of Sepang F1 Circuit, and any Johor Circuit is dying for a Fastest Lap to be set for once and for all!

As for the Finale… remember what we did for the “Preview Round” for Saturday Night Fever back on Christmas Day in 2010? Music, Lights, Dancing Girls, and that Car Wash. Yup, well that’s kind of what we’re thinking of doing for the Finale Round on December 1st, so you really don’t want to miss that one!

Bukit Putus: Cancelled. Again.

Dear Participants, Racers, Sponsors, Spectators, and Supporters:

It is with great dismay, disappointment, and unhappiness that we must announce that MegaHILL Bukit Putus 2012 has been cancelled.

When we received word yesterday (Wed 20/6) that the authorities were going to cancel the event, our team prepared our best presentation and spend much time down in Seremban arguing the case:
– That the Organisers and Promoters for the event are AAM and MAM affiliated
– Both the Organisers and Promoters have a proven track record of successful and safe events that comply to ground rules laid down by AAM and FIA
– We provide complete and proper safety infrastructure, manpower, expertise, and procedures.

Unfortunately there are two main reasons and incidences that have happened very recently that were cited for the holding back of the permit, for which is beyond control of all parties:
1) The incident at the drag event at PutraJaya last month;
2) That the old Bukit Putus road has been deemed unsafe by JKR due to the landslide last week, and that their inspection of the hill has found that there are two more water cachement areas on top of the hill that worryingly have dangerous potential to slide at any time.

Therefore the arguments given are:
1) The authorities are not comfortable to have a motorsports event conducted on public roads until a circular is provided by the Federal Ministry on what the procedures and guidelines are for allowing motorsports to take place on public roads;
2) Need confirmation and approval that the road is safe by the Menteri Kerja Raya (Minister of Public Works Department).

This is despite the pledge of support by the Negeri Sembilan State Goverment (please refer to the letter from state Ex-Co Dato’ Hj Mohammad Razi bin Hj Kail below).

With this, we regret that the event cannot be run this coming weekend.

We will make arrangements for Participants entry fees to be refunded:
– For those that paid to N1 Racing in Sunway, please head there to collect your refund
– For those outstation that paid to us directly, please email general@ignition.my and provide your bank details for refund.

We thank everyone who has supported this event, and has unfortunately been disappointed again. We share your unhappiness, however please do constrain your feelings and pour them into other official, constructive motorsports activities that Ignition.my, MAM, Wheelspin Events, and other motorsports event organisers work hard to provide to you in our challenging environment.

See you at our other events.

Sincerely,

 

Ignition.my Management

MegaHILL: Event Safety

MegaHILL Time Attack Bukit Putus will be supported by the Motorsports Association Malaysia (MAM) as the event organiser. This is fantastic news indeed!

At Ignition.my we always believe in Safety First at all the events we promote, and ensure that the minimum safety standards and requirements for a motorsports race are in place. And to gain the support of MAM means that participants will be properly insured and covered in the event of any unfortunate incident.

This means that participants will require a Racing License. For those without, special 1-day licenses will be issued on the day. The cost is RM 60, however Ignition.my will subsidise RM 10 of this cost, so you only need to pay RM 50.

This is on top of the usual safety measures at our events:
– Ambulance and medical team on standby
– Fire team on standby
– 15 course Safety Marshals
– Public liability insurance

Additionally, if you are familiar with our “Bukit Putus Touge Course” route from our previous events here in 2010, there are 3 corners which have been identified to be a bit risky. These 3 turns will feature a small chicane of safety cones to adjust the line in order to avoid the risky areas (for example sunken armco barriers which will launch a car pff the road and down the cliff rather than stop the car!). Please refer to the diagram below (click on it for larger image).

Once again, best that you watch and study these 2 videos from the previous event we had there in 2010. Good luck!

 

 

See you at Bukit Putus 24 June!!

The event everyone has been waiting 2 years for!!

Ignition.my were the first to popularise Bukit Putus and mark out our “Touge Course” from the Scout’s Camp to the top of the hill: 3 km and 20 challenging corners in less than 2m30s is one hectic drive!

And now… We’re back! It’s gonna be a good one!

MegaHILL Bukit Putus has 35 cars so far registered, with some big names too (SPARKS Motorsports from Singapore!). Here’s a quick rundown of what’s going be happening on the 24th June at Bukit Putus:

–    830am Registration of participants
–    900am Driver’s Briefing (Compulsory!)
–    930am Flag Off by the the Negeri Sembilan State Ex-Co for Tourism, YB Dato Hj Mohammad Razi bin Hj Kail
–    Press conference
–    1000am Practice Run
–    1100am Timed Session 1
–    100pm Timed Session 2
–    300pm Timed Session 3
–    500pm Prize Giving

Flag off will be at StarFresh AgroPark at Bukit Putus. For more information on how to get there, click here.

Categories are:
1)            Pro 4WD Battle
2)            Pro RWD Pursuit
3)            Pro FF Festival
4)            Clubsprint – Campro
5)            Clubsprint – NA
6)            Clubsprint – VTEC & Turbo

With special trophies for:
-    Fastest Time 2WD
-    Fastest Time 4WD

Bets are on, people! Who will be the Fastest MegaDRIVERS and their Fastest MegaMACHINES at Bukit Putus Touge Course?