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more rubbin but fortunately also more racing

More rubbin’ but fortunately, also more racing

The stand out star of the Batu Kawan street circuit race was undeniably the concrete barriers lining it

Dinesh Appavu Photo

Dinesh Appavu

28 Feb 2019

With the dust and metal bits barely settled from the carnage of the day before, Race 2 of Round 3 in the Vios Challenge got underway on Sunday without easing up on the contact but fortunately, with a little sharper racing from all drivers.

Super Sporting – Race 2

M7 Racing Team’s Syafiq Ali capitalised on his pole start to lead all the way to the chequered flag, leaving Team Dream Chaser’s Brendan Paul Anthony two seconds behind with Team Nanoplus driver Keifli Othman in third.

Getting an uninterrupted line into the first corner of the first lap allowed Syafiq to escape a bunch of cars piling up right behind him. Brendan narrowly avoided the shunt by taking the outside line, with Keifli miraculously evading it as well. Clear of the carnage, the duo stepped up their pursuit of Syafiq.

For Keifli, it was a dream weekend as he ran both races on the same set of tyres following an accident during practice, “The incident during qualifying had left me short of new tyres for the race. The team took a gamble not to purchase any new tyres for the race which would have required me to start from the back of the grid. Fortunately, that gamble paid off this weekend but towards the closing laps of the race I just couldn’t push the car any further as I was struggling with grip.”
Sporting – Race 2
It was a dream start and finish for Revo Technik’s Jackson Tan as the substitute driver took the lead from second on the grid during the start and lead all the way to the finish. It wasn’t all smooth sailing though as Kenneth Koh; who finished second, and Datuk Ken Foo; clinching third, were right on his tail for the entire race.

Jackson snatched the lead from pole sitter Eddy Tan who made a bad start and dropped to fourth before contact with the wall on the second lap put an end to his race. Jackson maintained his lead with Hiewa Racing’s Wong Chin Eeg, Shawn Lee, Eric Yong and Kenneth behind him.
All eyes were on Kenneth though as he drove like a man possessed. Starting at ninth on the grid, he climbed all the way to second by the end, no doubt aided slightly by the casualties in front of him.
Promotional – Race 2
There was no lack of action in the promotional class with a dogfight for the books between Janna Nick and Nabil Ahmad towards the end.
Janna made good on her pole position to take the lead but Nabil was right on her tail for 18 laps, making good on his dogged determination by taking the lead. However, Janna wasn’t about to be outdone and regained the lead just a few corners to the chequered flag to claim her maiden win in the series after 14 races.

“Nabil was obviously faster but I did all I could to prevent him from overtaking. Eventually, I gave way but just enough for him to enjoy the lead for one lap before regaining it and going for the win,” said an ecstatic Janna.
Race 1’s winner, Diana Danielle, was equally euphoric with Janna’s win to make it an all-female winner’s list for the class in Penang. Her race did however end four laps from the finish after contact with the barriers. Akim Ahmad and Nabila Razali also ended their drives early for the same reasons.
The fourth and final round of the Toyota Vios Challenge is scheduled for 27-28 April at the Sepang International Circuit.