The final round of SNF Racing 2014 held at Sepang South Circuit on 29 November 2014 brought the most surprises of the year, as the podium felt the excited jumps of joy of no less than 3 first time winners this year, and a bunch of new faces just missing out on making it to the top.
The SNF Moto categories raced on a rain-soaked circuit, the skill and bravery of which defies belief as they still manage to take Turn 12 with their knees scraping the damp tarmac in the dark. In Moto 135 Allen Wong Wah Heng of DRS Racing took the Championship a mere 105 points ahead of his main rival, Mohd AlHakim of Redspeed Racing Team. Allen only won one round to AlHakim’s two wins, but in the end consistency pays. For Moto 150, Mohd Edzwan Mohd Esa of StuntTroopers Motorsport was crown Champion as his nearest rivals Muhd Emran and Mohd Kanafi missed out on the last race.
In the Super 1500 category, glory finally came the way of Nazrul Hakim / Shamir Aizan in their Honda Jazz. Championship winner Khairi Mohmad’s luck gave way as his car met with technical trouble, gifting the Honda Jazz pair an ecstatic first win. “It’s been a great first year in SNF, and winning this final round was the icing on the cake!” exclaimed Nazrul Hakim.
With the circuit being wet, it was always expected that a great driver in an underpowered car would be able to shine, and such was the case in the Proton 1800 race. The race started in damp conditions, and Syahrizal Jamaludin piloting a Satria Neo 1.6 took the lead into the first corner of the first lap out-driving the Championship leader Fazril Ahmad (Satria 1.8). Syahrizal held Fazril back with some sensational dog-fighting skills for 4 laps, but knew it couldn’t last. Says Syahrizal: “I used every trick in the book, but as the circuit dried up Fazril will able to get better traction at corner exit and eventually I had to let him through”. Syahrizal kept the heat on but Fazril was unfazed, worthy of a Champion. They crossed the line separated by only 0.4 second, and Fazril takes the Championship for 2014.
The Championship for the popular Street Tuned category had previously been decided as Gan Kim Koa of JDM Racing developed an unassailable lead in his 1900cc Honda Civic EF, but his main protagonist Phagvinder Singh was not going to make it easy with his high-powered Proton Satria 1800 MIVEC. Phagvinder lead the first 4 laps but alas pulled over at Turn 9 with smoke billowing from his engine bay, and Gan Kim Koa again took the win. “The competition is getting fierce,” said Gan later. “It’s not going to be so easy next year!”
Another pair to finally break their duck were Affiq Afifi / Fahmi Awang, finally taking the top step of the podium in the Honda 1800 category. Throughout the year they have been threatening experienced racer and second-time Championship winner KK Soh with some very quick driving, and this round was finally theirs to claim as KK Soh pulled off halfway with technical problems.
The Big Fight came in the Race Cars event. The front row was MSS 2014 Touring Car Champion Mark Darwin (partnering Faizal Hassim who won the Qualifying Heat) versus multiple MSS Champion Boy Wong. It was going to be brutal, it was going to be fast, and for sure no quarter would be given!
At the Green light the crowd roared as the cars streamed into Turn 1, and it was Mark Darwin in the DNT Tune Honda Civic EK9-K20 that was leading. Boy Wong pushed the Team Type-R Honda Civic EK9-B20 as hard as it would go. It was an epic battle of multiple proportions: Honda K-series versus Honda B-series VTEC engines. 15-inch tyres versus 17-inch tyres. DNT versus Ah Siong. Young Champion versus multiple Champion.
Boy pulled out every trick in the book, attempting to goad the young upstart into a mistake, never more than 1-second behind, getting so close at one point he accidentally tagged Mark’s rear at Turn 9. There was literally nothing between the two stars as they sped past the grandstand, lap after lap. But Mark kept it together, displaying the coolness and maturity that he has shown in the Malaysian Super Series races, and he lead Boy across the finish line to win the spectacular race. Boy Wong however, is the 2014 SNF Racing Race Cars Class 1 Champion, having had to endure an early-season attack from Keifli Othman and now, from Mark Darwin.
A flash in the pan by the ‘Pretenders’? Perhaps not. If this is a sign of things to come, we can look forward to some fiercely close racing indeed next year! As SNF Racing also upgrades to a National Series in 2015 (SNF Racing National Series), we can look forward to what is possibly going to be the most exciting SNF season yet when racing re-commences on 7th February at Sepang South Circuit!
Full race results and the latest updates are available on http://www.SNF.my
RESULTS – ALL CATEGORIES
SNF Moto 135
1st Mohd Rizal bin Johari LC 135 PMP Racing Team 12:08.556
2nd Mohd AlHakim LC 135 RedSpeed Racing Team 12:08.642
3rd Allen Wong Wah RXZ 135 DRS 12:44.744
1st Syazril Amri Kancil 660T Nusa Indah SRM Auto 11:31.512
2nd Logesvaran Kaliperumal Kancil 660T VMS Work 11:31.634
3rd Mohd Henzee Hamzah Kancil 660T Nusa Indah Racing Team 11:55.162
1st Nazrul Hakim Abdul Majid Jazz 1.5 ProDrag Msports 11:55.409
2nd Mohd Faizal Osman Familia B5 VMS Work 12:13.708
3rd Joshua Thiran Saga 1.5 Millennium Msports 12:17.077
Proton 1800 NA
1st Fazril Ahmad Zabidi Satria 1.8 GOMS Auto Services 11:03.186
2nd Syahrizal Jamaludin Satria Neo G-Tuned Racing 11:03.586
3rd Zuhaidy Ishak Satria 1.8 Z Garage Autosports 11:09.370
Honda 1800 NA
1st Afiq Afifi / M.Fahmi Awang Civic EK9 Revolution Autoworks 10:31.539
2nd Winston Tan Civic EG JDM Racing 10:46.103
3rd Yeoh Poh Chye Civic EG 11:06.029
1st KK Gan / CK Lai Civc EF9 JDM Racing 10:53.440
2nd Ahmad Nazri / M.Yuszaidi Mirage CJ4A Under 3 Garage 11:01.853
3rd Mohd Khairul Anuar Satria 1.8 MIVEC Infinity Speed Works 11:05.280
Race Cars Class 1
1st Faizal Hassim / Mark Darwin Civic EK9 K20 DNT Tune 9:48.274
2nd Boy Wong Yew Choong Civic EK9 B20 Type-R Racing 9:50.942
3rd Vincent Chen Civic EG9 Guang Racing 11:00.486
Race Cars Class 2
1st Soh Kee Koon Civic EK9 Type-R Racing 10:08.012
2nd Ahmad Fauzi Latiff Civic EK9 Evotec 10:18.315
3rd Ahmad Firdaus Azman Civic EG6 GAB DRX Automechanic 10:20.092