Melaka International Motorsports Circuit (MIMC) got more exciting as the event drew more than 155 cars scrubbing their tires around the circuit. Drivers from all over Malaysia as well as Singapore were all eyeing for the top spots at Forca Generation X Time Attack Round 4.
Different from Round 3, Round 4 race format consists of a full track Time-Attack instead of the 3-quarter circuit layout. Many drivers were experiencing their first full track race and most just couldn’t wait to get their cars onto the track. A total of 16 categories were being competed in this special edition of Generation X Time Attack.
Check out the categories and you would understand the reason that the event was that popular: 1,000cc & below (Open), 1,100cc & below NA (Open), Viva Cup, 1,300cc NA, 1,500cc NA, 1,600cc NA, 1,600cc & below (Open), 1,800cc NA & below, VTEC/MIVEC/VVL (Open), Auto/CVT 2,000cc & below (Open), Forca Cup (Open cc), Ladies (Open), CAMPRO Engine Series (Open), Rear Wheel Drive (Open), Myvi Cup (Open) and Putera Izdihar Hazq Cup.
Representing Singapore, eight Project SG Racing Crews battled out with Malaysian drivers to secure the top spot in five categories. Absent from Malaysia race for more than a year, Lance Chua finally return with his famous Lotus Exige, together with Sen Koh (Toyota GT 86) and Smith Foo (Nissan S15) as they battled side by side in the Rear Wheel Drive (Open) category as well as Forca Cup (Open cc).
Experienced his virgin race at MIMC, Gerald Poh together with his buddy Savian Quek had their WRX’es competing in the Forca Cup (Open cc). Familiar with MIMC layout but first time joining the Malaysia Time Attack, Gavin Ang faced opponents in 1,600cc & below (Open) in his 1.4 TSI Scirocco. After some modification to her car handling, Denelle Tan participated in the 1,100cc & below NA (Open) as well as the Ladies (Open).
No strangers to Malaysian organisers and Malaysians race crews, Chase Lim competed in his regular category, the 1,600cc NA. Sponsored by Driverite Singapore, Hanz of RJMT were using the Qstarz for his Generation X Time Attack event.
Briefing kicked off at 8.45am, organizer briefed clearly on the do’s, the don’ts and important points on the track safety. Things didn’t really go well for the first half of the day. Many drivers encountered engine issues and delays kept occurring. Chase’s car encountered some issues as well that he managed to complete only two laps. As afternoon fell, dark clouds covered the entire sky. Soon, rain arrived and ended the event with only a quarter of the categories finished the second heat.
Project SG Racing Crews won a total of eight podiums for the Time Attack race. Our memorable moment of the day went to Denelle Tan, our first lady driver who won the Malaysian Time Attack event, clocking 1:20:67s in her “econo-box” Mitsubishi Spacestar as well as Lance Chua, constantly achieve 1min and 05s in his Rear Wheel Drive and Open categories, winning him the ‘Fastest Timing of the Day’.
Well done and congratulations to all members of Project SG Racing Crews!
Denelle Tan (1:20:67s) 3rd Runner Up – 1,100cc & below NA (Open)
Chase Lim (1:11:50s) Champion – 1,600cc NA
Gavin Ang (1:13:41s) 8th Runner Up – 1,600cc & below (Open)
Lance Chua (1:05:96s) Champion – Forca Cup (Open cc)
Sen Koh (1:09:96s) 3rd Runner Up – Forca Cup (Open cc)
Smith Foo (1:10:28s) 4th Runner Up – Forca Cup (Open cc)
Gerald Poh (1:12:53s) 5th Runner Up – Forca Cup (Open cc)
Savian Quek (1:19:48s) 9th Runner Up – Forca Cup (Open cc)
Lance Chua (1:05:72s) Champion – Rear Wheel Drive (Open)
Smith Foo (1:09:71) 3rd Runner Up – Rear Wheel Drive (Open)
Sen Koh (1:09:98s) 5th Runner Up – Rear Wheel Drive (Open)
Fastest Time of the Day Award – Lance Chua (1:05:72s)
Anyone keen to take part in the Malaysia Races? Generation X Time Attack Round 5 will still be held in Melaka International Motorsport Circuit on 4 Feb 2018. So, do contact Project SG Racing Crew via Facebook if you are keen to join them for the northern race!
[Photos] Idzwan Mohamad Selamat