Category: Auto

TEAM PROTON R3 CLINCHES MALAYSIA CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES TITLE

Team Proton R3 have won the MProduction class championship with drivers Fariqe Hairuman and Syafiq Ali for the 2019 Malaysia Championship Series (MCS). During Round 5, the pair finished second in a gruelling 300km race while racing a Proton Iriz offering double points to those who finish in the top-10. 

For Fariqe, the 2019 title is his second MCS championship after he also won it in 2015 while driving for R3. His codriver Syafiq, a three-time Sepang 1000km (S1K) winner, clinched his first MCS title to add to the impressive list of racing accolades he has already won.  

After clinching MCS championship R3 targets S1K win in November

By winning the MCS championship, R3 have achieved one of their main goals for 2019 and can now focus on defending their S1K title to deliver PROTON a record breaking fifth title in the race. They have a good chance of doing so as the team will be fielding cars with proven track records.

Aside from the Proton Iriz, R3 will race two units of the 2019 Proton Saga, the newest car in their stable. During Round 5 of the MCS, the veteran driven pairing of Admi Shahrul and Faidzil Alang defended their title chasing teammates from attacks by other cars but still managed to drive their Saga to a third place finish. It was the second podium for the Saga in the last three MCS races, which bodes well for the S1K.

The second Proton Saga will be manned by drivers selected from the MSF-R3 Lady Racers Search. The initiative offers an opportunity to lady racers to undergo a development programme with R3, culminating in a race seat in the 2019 S1K race. 

R3 receives over 200 entries to Design for Speed contest 

The 2019 S1K will carry a new element for R3 as one of its Proton Saga racing cars will be painted in a special livery designed by the winner of the Design For Speed Contest. Run from 26 August to 22 September, the contest invited Malaysians aged 18 and above to submit their most creative livery design with the best design being applied to one of the R3 Proton Sagas taking part in the race.   

Singapore Grand Prix Experience

Singapore Grand Prix have been running for 12 years in a row. Being a F1 fan since young, this is the 1st time that I’ve gotten a chance to visit a full F1 race weekend. The Singapore GP is a street circuit that they closed up the street to create the circuit.

During the race weekend, Singapore GP turns into a fuel and fun event for fans and 1st timer. There are plenty of different event going on during the weekend. For starters, the whole event is being split into 4 different zones for attendees to experience during the event.

Zone 1 consist of a center concert stage, a showcase of classic cars, a market street that sells food, and a F1 village where fans can get their hands on merchandise of teams they support. Apart from that, there are a few activities that includes a few racing rigs that you can get your hands on to see how you fare among other racing fans.

Zone 2 have not much event happening there apart from the Singapore flyer ferris wheel. Zone 3 have a smaller concert stage and some food stall around the stage. Zone 4 would be the zone where all the big stars perform on a huge stage in the middle of the field.

The Breakdown

Day 1 –

Arrive the track at 8.50pm to pick up the media passes. The free practice 2 is ongoing, hearing the f1 cars going around the track make us excited about the next 2 days of the upcoming experience. Didn’t manage to catch the Swedish Mafia House Concert, but we are happy that we made it to Singapore for our 1st F1 experience. The 1st impression about the track is brightly lit, and the setup is well organized by the Singapore GP officials.

Day 2 –

We start our F1 experience on day 2 by arriving at the track around 4pm, the Porsche Carrera Asia Cup is having their qualifying round. Entering through gate 2 allow us to get an up-close experience when the Porsche Carrera Cup cars driving past us on the circuit. The thundering shriek from the flat-6 engine of the Porsche Carrera Cup cars is definitely something to behold.

We manage to get a viewing spot around the end of the pit straight into turn 1 during the free practice 3. 1st time seeing the F1 cars drive pass us at high speed give us a sense of how fast the F1 cars are in real life. After dinner, we continue watching the qualifying on the padang area. Where we are trying to catch Muse concert after the qualifying. The qualifying was exciting as drivers are gunning around the track trying to gain the best track position they can get.

Muse concert was wonderful, people were singing along to the band with their songs. The lightshow and dancers put on a spectacular show for everyone that turn up for the concert. The crowd was phenomenal.

Day 3 –

We came to the track at 4pm as well. We are hype to check out Hans Zimmer performing live on stage. The music that were played during the concert was all the famous movies theme songs, give people who attend the event an epic visual and audio experience.

We head over to turn 3 viewing platform to check out the driver’s parade on classic cars. After that it’s the wait for the race start. We camp at turn 3 is because we feel that it’s one of the location where one of the big braking zone is. During the 1st lap of the race, you can see the F1 cars cruising pass turn 3 while kicking up all the dust. It’s quite something to see in real life. After the 1st few laps, we made our way to the market street around zone 1 to get some food, while watching the race on one of the big screen around the circuit. When the race reach the last 15 laps, we decided to go to the viewing point beside the end of pit straight to watch Sabastian Vettel finally win a race after ages since he last win a race.

After the race is over, the fireworks that we manage to see is nothing short of impressive, with fireworks on top of the flood lights makes a spectacular view while the fireworks around the circuit lights up the night sky. We get a chance to walk on the pit straight to see all the rubber that is disintegrated on to the race circuit after the race.

Conclusion

The whole festival was spectacular. It’s a great experience for someone who attends an F1 race for the 1st time. Would definitely recommend for people who wants to experience F1 festival. Singapore definitely put on a great show for everyone.

Twelfth Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix attracts highest attendance since the inaugural night race

The Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2019 has set a new record for the second highest attendance in its 12-year history, overtaking the previous one set last year.

With more than 130 hours of entertainment across 10 stages, innovative hospitality offerings, and exciting gastronomic experiences throughout the Circuit Park, the twelfth edition of the Formula 1 night race drew 268,000 spectators to the Marina Bay Street Circuit over the threeday action-packed weekend.

An exciting showdown is in store for spectators at 2010hrs tonight, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc taking pole position in Singapore for the first time – his fifth of the season and third in a row – ahead of the 61-lap Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2019. Four time Singapore Grand Prix winners, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel round off the top 3 taking second and third place on the grid respectively.

Off the track, the event’s stellar entertainment line-up over the race weekend included Swedish House Mafia, Muse, Gwen Stefani, Fatboy Slim, Hans Zimmer, as well as Toots and the Maytals, with Red Hot Chili Peppers slated to close the action-packed weekend at the Padang Stage after the chequered flag is waved.

2019 Updates of the Mazda MX-5 RF

The Mazda MX-5 RF is distributed by Mazda Malaysia in very limited quantity. And as you’d guess it, it was snapped up almost instantaneously by avid Roadster, MX-5 lovers, although the price of the MX-5 RF is slightly on the upside. Now, the MX-5 RF has received much needed updates for the year.

As a hardtop roadster, the MX-5 RF receives fresh new black-metallic 17-inch wheels to give it a fuller profile. This augurs well with the iconic design of Mazda’s beloved roadster.

Inside, the RF has been fitted with a new telescopic steering wheel. This new leather-clad steering offers a better grip and allows some more dramatic drives. It fits Mazda’s self-claimed proclamation of applying the human-centered development philosophy to all kinds of common driving situations. In short, the MX-5 RF provides the joy of driving or the driver feels at one with the car. One of the main additions to the interior is the Mazda Connect infotainment display, which offers a lot of connectivity and a much improved user interface.

The RF takes up a similar SKYACTIV-G 2.0l engine, with a 6-Speed automatic transmission with manual mode or a 6-Speed manual. For more fun drives, the 6-speed manual is the way to go. With minimal improvements, output is still under 200 hp at 181 hp/ 7,000 rpm for 17-percent increase from its predecessor. Meantime, torque is 205 Nm (151 lb-ft) at 4,000 rpm with an upped torque curve through the rev range. As a result, the MX-5 aims to be quicker, more responsive and more engaging to drive, adhering to Mazda’s unique Jinba Ittai (horse and ride as one) philosophy.

The Mazda MX-5 RF is available in these colors: Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray, Jet Black, Snowflake White Pearl, Eternal Blue, Ceramic Metallic and Artic White. The price is from RM 259,154.

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