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New faces on the podium at the final round of SNF Racing 2014, 29 November 2014

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!”

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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.

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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.

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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

Special Kei
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

Super1500
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

Street Tuned
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

 

 

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
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