Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Flying cones, barriers, bumpers, bricks and a wall-riding stunt-like incident

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The drift course at Dataran Merdeka is known for its narrow and tight paths with one rear clipping point after another, threatening concrete walls, and a high entry speed – creating a recipe for disaster. Wall brushes were imminent and we saw quite a lot of bumpers fall off as usual. This time, we even had bricks dislodged from the ground!

 

Fortunately no one was hurt, but I can’t say the same for the cars – some of which got quite horribly beaten up. Here are some photos I pulled out from my flurry of albums – be prepared to grimace!

 

This is Pete Thongchua’s horrible wall-riding incident: (see video here)

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Another bad one was Demas Agil’s 1st qualifying run:

The judges allowed him to go for his 2nd qualifying run if he could fix his car by the end of the order. He did make it back to the start line for his 2nd run!

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Kevin Rajoo had quite an incident during qualifying too:

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Pond of the Red Bull Drift Team Thailand even unearthed some of the bricks in the ground during his first run in the Top 32 battle against Tan Tat Wei. How’s that for tearing the track apart?

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Throughout the weekend in practice, qualifying and battle, we witnessed flying cones, barriers and bumpers:

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… and lots of wall kisses:

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Did I hear you say ‘Ouch’ repeatedly? 

 

That’s right – complete ‘Ouch’ indeed.

 

But thumbs up for their spirit and the courage to attack those walls… some at the expense of their bumpers, some beyond that. Still, that’s drifting!

 

Cheryl Tay

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