During the battles of the Top 32 – fighting for a place in the Top 16 – Malaysian Ariff Johanis of Goodyear Sync Optima was up against D Kohkae from Thailand when an incident happened.
It was during the second run when Ariff was leading and D Kohkae was right on his tail.
Into the third clipping point where the cars slow down dramatically, both cars collided and D Kohkae’s front bumper fell off along with other parts.
Dripping fluids all over the track with his front bumper trapped behind his front wheels, he drove back to the pits instead of staying put and waiting for the tow truck. This caused a pause in the battles as the track needed to be sanded and dry before resuming the competition.
D Kohkae was awarded the win but his car looked quite bad, though it managed to let him battle in the Top 16 where he lost to Ken Gushi.
After the Top 32 battles, Ariff Johanis made his way over to D Kohkae to sincerely apologise for what happened.
It was his mistake and he should have stopped instead of trying to continue the drift, he said.
“I’m really sorry…” Ariff was feeling so bad!
Thankfully D Kohkae’s car could still go on, but tough luck that he had to meet Ken Gushi next – although I think he can take on Ken actually.