The fourth round of the R3 Time Attack Championships held over the weekend in Batu Kawan, Penang, saw some very hot action, and as expected, competition was as intense as ever towards the end of the Championships.
I scored my best finish to date, with an unexpected second place finish behind a very fast Gareth Tan, and beating current points leader Julian Pang and Ian Khong in the process. I was mostly off-pace the whole two days. One reason being our less-than-optimal tire set-up. Firstly running on my worn Yokohama AD07s during practice on Saturday, then suffering a leaky rear right semi-slicks during race day. We had to settle for my AD07 road tires for the rear. Running the leaking Type-RR semi-slicks would have been risky.
Despite that setback, I made some adjustments to gearing, braking points and overall pushed harder in my last run, and to my surprise, shaved 3 seconds off my previous time to finish behind Faidzil Alang (R3’s works driver) and Gareth Tan. Faidzil being a works driver is not considered in the final positions.
Happy to have come off with the win, the valuable points pushing me up to 5th place overall, just 1 point beneath my partner Stanley, who also did quite well with a 6th place finish. I am 5 points behind Ian Khong who occupies 3rd place. We’ll see what happens in 5dot6, the final round!
Some results here:
R3TA 4dot6 Hung Class Results
R3TA 2006 Championship Standings