The layout for the Touge Battles is as above. Touge is not about straights, it’s about tight corners and handling balance. So we decided we would do away with long straights!
The official schedule for SNF Touge Rnd 2 is as below. We are planning to keep a tight schedule, and hope that everyone can work together with us to keep plans running efficiently.
PLEASE COME ON TIME! You being late will make everyone else late!
The Spectator charge for Paddock and Grandstand is only RM 5.00.
Car parking is limited and is RM 10.00 per entry.
Ignition.my created history organising the country’s first ever touge-style event with SNF Touge Round 1 which was held on 22nd March 2014 at UniMAP Circuit, Perlis.
At the launch of SNF Series earlier this year, the Ignition.my team promised more events catered towards entry-level activities to be hosted around the country, and to be delivered as SNF Touge races. This has been duly delivered with the UniMAP Perlis event, the first of its kind.
To the uninitiated, touge racing may be a bit difficult to comprehend. It’s a quirky style of competition developed by the Japanese specifically for the country’s narrow and challenging mountain roads, which sees two cars run head-to-tail, with the winner being determined by the distance between the two cars at the end of the run.
If the ‘chase’ car following behind is right up behind the lead car, it is declared the winner. If the car ahead is able to pull out a gap to the car behind, the lead car is the winner. Simple yet enjoyable rules which are quite safe as overtaking is generally not required. In fact in SNF Touge, the organisers have banned overtaking altogether, in an effort to reduce any chances of collision and increase safety. Deciding the winner of each single-lap battle was a panel of three judges made up of experienced SNF timekeeper Mazran Zulkifli, SNF.my editor Mohd Zahrin Zahran, and Marketing Director of Ducatus Motor Oil, Dhayalan Renno.
“We have chosen the touge-format of competition for these events as the relatively low-speed and low-danger allows us to run in kart circuits, of which there are a few situated around the country. Of course we’d love to bring the bells and whistles of SNF Racing to everyone in Malaysia, but the reality is that are only really two or three full size circuits, and we have had to be creative to work with what is available,” explains Adian Yein, Principal of SNF and Ignition.my.
A total of 31 cars and drivers took part from all over the country. The participants were mainly from Penang, Perak, and Kedah, and there was also a handful that made it all the way from Kuala Lumpur. This included the Ms Faye Kusairi who drove her trusty Proton Satria 1.5 through the night in order to be part of this first ever touge event. “I wouldn’t miss it!” exclaimed the lady driver.
Touge racing is decided by ‘Battle Rounds’ and as the games got underway it was clear that the drivers up north, who are more accustomed to single-run time attack-style events, had to quickly learn to adapt to the new experience of driving under pressure. In the preliminary rounds, drivers would out-brake themselves or run wide as they broke under the psychological strain of having another charging vehicle around them taking its toll on their concentration.
As the event progressed the cream began to rise to the top. In the Super 1500 category, Faye Kusairi was an early winner but lost out to Syed Fahmi and his lightened Proton Satria in the 2nd round, who would progress to the finals to meet Goh Chee Hin and his Toyota Vios. Both Goh and Syed Fahmi had met earlier in the 1st round battles, and their fight would be reignited. In the first run, it was close combat between both, but in the second run at the last turn Goh ran wide which gave Syed Fahmi the win.
The Open / VTEC / Turbo category had a total of 8 cars, featuring some big hitters with colourful reputations. Suhimi Othman was a favourite in his Proton Wira MIVEC, as was Abdul Razak and his Proton Satria Turbo. Suhimi ran his challengers so close that it drew Ooohs and Aaahs from the crowd, but he had the unfortunate draw of coming up against Ismail Ali in the semi-finals.
Running under-the-radar, Ismail consistently put in quick, smooth runs in each of his battles displaying a coolness of temperament and an agile set-up Proton Satria. Suhimi kept it tight, but towards the second half of the circuit Ismail opened a gap and it was enough to advance him to the final against Abdul Razak.
The final was clear cut. In the first run Ismail pulled ahead by at least 3 car lengths by the finish, and as they swapped around for the second run he didn’t let up, tailgating Abdul Razak all the way from start to finish, a devastating show of speed by this northern racer.
Street Tuned category had the most competitors, totally 14 in all, and featuring a diverse mix of vehicles including a Toyota 4A-GE powered Mazda 808, a turbocharged Perodua Myvi, and a touge folklore legend – the Toyota Levin AE86. The presented the spectators with fascinating fights through the afternoon as the question was on everyone’s lips: will the legendary Toyota AE86 be able to win amongst such powerful and modern competition?
Into the quarter-finals, Shahrul Hisham Hashim, driver of the AE86 beat Afif Afandi in his Satria Neo; and then in the semi-finals he took the win ahead of Muhd Isyalzuddin (Gen.2) thus earning the AE86 a place in the final!
His adversary had a tough fight to get to the same spot: Azmeer Ahmad and his nimble Proton Satria Neo well-driven Satrias and Wiras to go up against fellow Satria Neo pilot Mohd Syaffiq in the quarter-finals. He quickly devoured Mohd Syaffiq, and went on to a tough fight against Suhardi Abd Raman and his Toyota Corolla AE80, which required an OMT (One More Time) run to finally decide that it would be the Satria Neo that would square off against the Levin AE86 in the final.
When the flag dropped the crowd were on their feet. The Satria Neo took lead-car status for the first run, but the AE86 kept up although he wasn’t able to keep it close at the finish. In run-2, Shahrul Hisham’s AE86 opened up a gap and he flamboyantly drifted to victory. But the judges were not convinced, the battle going to OMT before Shahrul was declared the winner!
“We’ll be back. It was a great, new experience, and we want more!” exclaimed Suhardi Abd Raman after the event, who won his 3rd – 4th battle to take the last spot on the podium for Street Tuned.
The next round of SNF Touge will take place on the weekend of April 12, this time at the Melaka International Motorsports Circuit (MIMC), Ayer Keroh. It will run till night, in true to the origins of the SNF Series name!
RESULTS – ALL CATEGORIES
1st Shahrul Hisham Hashim Toyota Levin AE86 BHR Motorsports
2nd Azmeer Ahmad Proton Satria Neo Carkaki
3rd Suhardi Abdul Raman Toyota Corolla AE80 TT Race Team
1st Syed Fahmi Proton Satria 1.3 KSZ Auto Perlis
2nd Goh Chee Hin Toyota Vios 1.5
3rd Faizal Abu Bakar Perodua Myvi 1.3
Open & VTEC & Turbo
1st Ismail Ali Proton Satria 1.6 Perantau Woksyop
2nd Abdul Razak Proton Satria Turbo
3rd Suhimi Othman Proton Wira MIVEC Mael Advance Auto
Registration is OPEN for SNF Touge Round 2 that will be held at MIMC Malacca on 12 April 2014!!
Entry Fee: RM 150.00 before 9th April.
Late Entry Fee: RM 180.00 after 9th April
Discipline Deposit: RM 50.00 (Refundable at end of event)
Car Clubs are invited to create their own categories, minimum 8 cars required.
Closing date for Car Clubs: 4 April 2014
9:00am Open Practice
10:30am Battle-16 Rounds
1:00pm Lunch Break
1:30pm Battle-16 Rounds
3:30pm Best 8 Rounds
5:30pm Semi finals
REGISTRATION CENTRAL REGION
The usual SNF Registration Agents:
Fawster Motorsports, Sunway
N1 Racing, Sunway
DNT Tune, Gombak
Shazli Mohd 012-204-7338 email@example.com
Faisal Asri 016-2624-299 firstname.lastname@example.org
SNF Touge Registration Agents for NORTHERN REGION
Encik Bob 010-545-5385
The official schedule for SNF Touge Rnd 1 is as below. We are planning to keep a tight schedule, and hope that everyone can work together with us to keep plans running efficiently.
We are planning a special Spectators Tent in the middle of the circuit, within a controlled area. This will allow spectators to get closer to the action!
There will be short gaps of 2-3 minutes where we will stop on-track activities to give spectators a chance to quickly cross the track to access this area.
The Spectator charge for Paddock and the Spectator Tent in the middle of the circuit is only RM 5.00
With SNF Touge heading to UniMAP Circuit in Perlis for it’s first round, I decided it might be fun to provide some driving tips at tackling this new track.
Less than a year old as I write this, UniMAP circuit was built with input from AAM, but essentially designed more as a Kart circuit, or more interestingly, as a Formula UniMAP circuit. Thus it has a good smooth surface, but the turns are typical of such a design for low-CoG grippy machines: lots of tight, hairpin-type turns. The circuit runs clockwise, has a total of 12 turns, of which only Turn-1 and Turn-12 are the only corners that are less than 90-degrees.
Observe the main image of the circuit with an overlaid ‘Ideal line’. Bear in mind that this ‘Ideal line’ is for cars, not karts or Formula Varsity-type vehicles. Whilst I shall not delve into the intricacies of each corner, here are some guidelines:
Tips for driving a car at UniMAP
1. All these tight corners require
– a LATE turn-in
– planning for the next corner
Take these seriously. Charging into and thru the corners at UniMAP will see your 1-tonne-plus car just understeer wide. The corners are slow (2nd gear), and you’ll quickly reach – and exceed – the limit of your tyres traction. This is not good, you want to be able to maintain traction and set-up for the next turn in order to keep good speed
2. Turn-1 can be taken flat
– take as wide an entry as possible, hop the inside turn, look ahead and aim for the braking point of Turn-2
– deviate from this flight-path, and you will go off!
3. Turns 4 & 5 require a lot of patience. Slow right down on entry, turn-in as late as you can. Look ahead and aim to set-up for Turn 6. I personally tried keeping tight all the way around versus going wide mid-way then braking and turning-in tight again at T5.
Which line you take really depends on how your car handles, but above all massive patience is needed.
4. Car set-up: tail happy.
FF cars can try pump rear tyres to 60psi just for the event, but be sure to let out the air as soon as you finish or you might crash on the way home!
Using the handbrake for certain turns, if you are accomplished at this skill, will be beneficial. The aim is to use the handbrake to get the car rotated for the turn, but not to bleed off too much speed.
5. The most important corner at UniMAP is Turn-11!
Getting a good exit for this corner is imperative as it allows you to get good speed all the way till the finish line, as T12 can be taken flat. Again, brake early but gently, get a late turn-in, then exit as fast as you can and build up all that speed till the end of the lap.
6. Taking Turn-12: LOOK AHEAD!
To take T12 as fast as possible, you must look ahead. During your practice laps, learn to look ahead and find the apex, and generate as smooth a line as possible through the corner.
A quick half-throttle lift as you turn-in to help rotate the car, then flat out and aim at the exit. Should be no problem!
That’s it in a nutshell. Above all, UniMAP rewards clean driving with the least amount of time-wasting, speed-killing understeer. FF or RWD, no difference. A messy lap will lose you lots of time, although in a RWD you’ll have a lot of fun doing so!
Will we be providing any Touge racing tips? Stay-tuned..