The action was hot and furious at the recent BFGoodrich Asian Motorsports Festival AAM Malaysian Autokhana Championship Round 1 held at Fort Cornwallis, Esplanade, Penang. With temperatures soaring above 35 degrees in the early part of the day, the rain that fell in the early afternoon gave some cool respite from the heat. The drivers at the BFG AMF Autokhana came from as far away as Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh to take part, and a total of 29 drivers took part in the event.
Spectator turn out was also excellent, with more than 500 people watching in awed amazement at the skill of the participants who tackled the Autokhana with all the gusto of world-class drivers. Enthusiasm was further fuelled by the possibility of winning cash prize money, up to RM300/- for the first place finisher in each category, in addition to a trophy and limited edition BFGoodrich Tires Podium cap.
Local hero of the day was Julian Pang at the wheel of a Proton Wira, who finished first in Class C, with a total time/points of 234.99, which also happened to be the fastest time of the day. Being a local boy, Julian was undoubtedly the favourite, and braved the task exceptionally well. He’ll be hard to beat at the finals, and it should be quite a challenge for our boys from KL to take him on.
Class A winner of the recent BFG AMF Autocross held in Sepang on 8th August, Rohasreen Hassan in a Perodua Kancil, continued his amazing performance at the Autocross in Penang, having driven up from Ipoh the day before. He finished first again in Class A, with a total time/points of 235.29, a mere 0.300 seconds behind the fastest time of the day! His smooth driving skill and ability to shift gears faster than most of the other drivers was the key to his victory.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports in Penang was represented by En. Ounnajmi Bin Mohamed Nasseruddin, the Penang Motorsports Club was represented by none other than Bulldog Kuan, who gave away the prizes to the winners, which included a cash prize, trophy and limited edition BFGoodrich Tires podium cap.
Participants were invited to take part in the next Autokhana, to be held at the Shah Alam Stadium Car Park on 4th & 5th September, and those who took part in this Penang Autokhana would be entitled to a 50% discount on their next entry fee for the event in Shah Alam.
The next round of the BFGoodrich Asian Motorsports Festival AAM Malaysian Autokhana Championship will be held at the Shah Alam Stadium Car Park on 4th & 5th September 2004. Registration is still open and those interested should get in touch with Gary Lee at 03-20314066 for more details.
BFGoodrich Asian Motorsports Festival AAM Malaysian Autokhana Championship
CLASS RESULTS NAME VEHICLE MAKE/MODEL TOTAL POINTS
A 1st Rohasreen Abd. Hassan Perodua Kancil 235.29
2nd Adrian Koh Sze Wern Perodua Kelisa 254.71
3rd Andy Kow Shi Boon Perodua Kelisa GX 263.48
B 1st Ramenthran A/L Reenga Raj Proton Satria Gti 267.22
2nd Yusli Mohammad Proton Satria 285.68
3rd Mustafar Rahadi Proton Satria 287.99
C 1st Julian Pang Yau Chin Proton Wira 234.99
2nd Johnson Lam Hooi Liang Nissan Sunny 260.52
3rd Ismail Ahmad Proton Wira (Wira 2000) 268.08
D 1st Ooi Cheng Lee Honda 280.75
2nd Tan Ying Chyuan Nissan Silvia 282.04
3rd Ismail Ariffin Ford Escort (Coupe) 286.26
E 1st Zakaria Idris Proton Perdana 2.0 269.05
2nd Shamsol Bahri Yusoff Proton Perdana SE 307.24
3rd Nor Jafinas Md Arof Proton Perdana 327.55
F 1st Razid Samian Perodua Kembara 348.92
2nd Sulaiman Abd. Ghani Perodua Kembara 349.41