Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Borneo King of Drag 2012 : The real deal (interesting parts only)
Here we are in the morning fields of Lutong Airstrip in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia.
This is actually day 2 and apparently the qualifying round did not manage to complete on day 1, so they are forced to complete their qualifying round on day 1 before they can proceed to the Top 8 (there are usually more than 16 cars competing for the top 8 spots). So I'll just advance to the Top 8 part.
So here we go...
... the white Lancer broke down in which upon the chief mechanic is summoned...
...and then the car is carried back by a truck.
This was an interesting race. A newer Gen Starlet paired up against an old. "Nothing beats old", they say.
Apparently it did!
Surprisingly, the retro Starlet had too much advantage between the gap. Wondered why?
The white Starlet broke down into smokes. The engine was blown they said. You'd expect a firetruck to zoom pass at that moment right?
Nope. A man decided to run for more than a quarter mile with a heavy fire extinguisher faster than any rescue unit.
Then the firetruck came...
...and was on it's way.
Again, the poor old Starlet got towed away.
Back to the action, the few matches that were my favorite in the road-legal V-tec category involves the Repsol Civic,
and The Fatak Civic.
Then comes the Diesel category.
One of the dirtiest launch in my days of seeing drag racing.
And boy do I really mean a lot of black smokes.
But it's always fun and fresh to see something different once and a while.
Then comes to the non-road legal V-tec category
in which I admit that this category has one of the most raw and orgasmic sound I've heard in a while.
This category also has many interesting cars line up
Such as the no. D12 Civic,
The Spoon Civic and
the most mad, best, beastly and exciting
shortened Accord. This car vaporized every other opponents out there.
Here is the B class. Also known as the Big Boss class because of only R35 GT-Rs were in the lineup and most of them are rich bosses competing.
Sadly many spectators complained that even though this category has badass GT-Rs but the driver skills could not simply match up.
Except for this guys. The driver in the White GT-R.
He won the category with no sweat.
Look at him! He's looking at me, not worrying what's happening in front of him.
And that even includes when his opponent is a few meters behind him. He just doesn't worry.
Seriously, a big applause to him.
This is class B. 2-wheel Turbo category.
The first match had the most interesting car line up. Sadly, the RX-7 did not get the win.
What's interesting is that there are
Proton Wiras or the retro Lancers as you call it.
Also, the monster Accord is back in action
swallowing other cars on it's path.
Finally an S model has made it's appearance.
A dramatic race really.
A beast Accord was in the finals
and you can tell who won.
As the sun was about to set, the icing of the cake was here. Category A. All Wheel Turbo class.
Starting off with the two dangerous Lancer Evos. Sadly their qualifying time led them to have a duel at the start. Meaning they won't be seeing each other in the finals.
So the Purple Lancer won.
Here's an interesting match. Two Lancer engines in two different chasis model. A Lancer Sedan and a Proton Satria GTi with a Lancer head.
Boy does the Satria look great! Unfortunately for him, the yellow Lancer took the win.
Even the Tommy Kaira R35 made it's appearance BUT he gave the win to the Lancer for some reason. He didn't press the throttle pedal at all.
The final match was between the Purple Lancer and the Civic. Unfortunately you cannot see anything in this picture because it was too dark. But rest assure, the Civic had a false start giving the Purple Lancer the instant win. The Lancer got lucky as the Civic driver I believe was a little to excited since he actually launch just one second before the green light had reached.
So that's it. A very satisfying experience. Went back home not only with a smile but with plenty of body tan (aka Sunburn) but boy WAS IT WORTH IT!