RMC/AMC Round 5 2014 – Report

UNIMAP Circuit, Perlis, Malaysia – September 13-14, 2014

Categories:

– Rotax DD2

– Rotax Junior

– Rotax MicroMax

– Rotax Senior

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The event attracted a total of 73 karters from 10 countries – 14 entries in DD2, 25 in Junior, 19 in MicroMax and 15 in Senior.

Format:

Qualifying, Heat 1, Heat 2

Pre-Final, Final, 5 podium places

This is the first time this track has been used for a competitive event. The track is very fast with slight undulations. The weather was quite cool for Malaysia with frequent heavy rain showers. Entries were down from earlier rounds as this is not an easy place to get to.

DD2:

The first five qualifiers were split by only 0.2 of a second. Nik Azri Syazwi (in his first RMC/AMC of 2014) took pole in DD2 Seniors and Ang Kok Wee in Masters. Senna Sulaiman Noor took a commanding lead in Heat 1, coming home with over a three second lead to Brendan Paul Anthony. Ang took first in Masters. Senna was even more in command in Heat 2, taking the flag over seven seconds ahead of Nik Azri. On the Sunday, Senna took the Pre-Final and the Final. A dominating weekend for him. In Masters, Ang won the Final and Ray Kong took the win for the Veteran category.

MicroMax:

Arsh Johany took pole on the Saturday, continuing with wins in both Heats, though he was very closely followed by Putera Adam Halim in Heat 2. Sunday though was a different story. Arsh did not finish the Pre-Final which was taken by Alexandros Yamamoto Kattoulas with Sergio Noor right behind him. The weather played a factor in the Final. Though rain had stopped by the time the race took place, the track was still wet and many karters struggled in the difficult conditions. Five of the karters did not finish the race. First place was taken by Putera Adam followed by Arsh.

Junior:

Qualifying was very competitive with only just over a second between all the karters. Barrichello Noor took pole with Hugo Bradley in second. Hugo went on to come first in both Heats. In the Pre-Final, Riki Okusa went into an early lead which he maintained until the end of the race. The Final also fell foul of the weather. With just eight laps to go, and with Riki Okusa well in the lead, the race was red-flagged when the heavens opened. In the restart, Riki kept a cool head and finished first, over four seconds ahead of Kane Shepherd.

Senior:

Eric Louis Pragasam took pole in a field of very experienced drivers. Silvano Christina took both Heats comfortably but was beaten by Calvin Wong in the Pre-Final. In the Final, Silvano took an early lead but soon lost it to Calvin. Silvano played a waiting game, jumping back into the lead on the second to last corner of the last lap to take the flag.