I’m here at KL Speed City, opposite Palace of the Golden Horses, for the FX Open Drift Series. Finally, after Formula Drift Malaysia, this is the next major drift competition since December last year.
Vincent Ng, representing Team 9tro LTM Performance, is the sole Singaporean competing this weekend in his Subaru Impreza WRX, dubbed as the Golden Dragon.
Driving up EARLY Friday morning (past midnight on Thursday night), I arrived in KL just before sunrise. No rooms were ready at that time and check-in wasn’t until 12 noon. After breakfast, I was really in desperate need to sleep (my ulcers were killing me!) so I asked for a room, incurring half day charges as a result. Oh well, I really couldn’t take it!
Registration was from 9 to 11am, before the practice sessions started at 1pm. I managed to clock some zzz hours until 3pm, before heading down to the track, which is just a five-minute walk across the hotel.
There was a 20-minute pause during practice when I reached the track, as Malaysian drifter Rocker had a huge crash which totalled his car and put him out of the competition completely.
The track is a tricky one:
With concrete blocks permanently all around, the track has a real straight and long entry, before swinging into a wide hairpin then going upslope into a much tighter hairpin, ending off with sweet curve.
The usual suspects like D Wan, Ah Fai, Tan Tat Wei and Ivan Lau took some time to warm up to the track before they finally gave literally blowing runs (they blew stones all over me when they zoomed past the concrete blocks). Ariff Johanis and wife Jane Cheah were present too. Tengku Djan’s car (#12) was sitting prettily in the pits (first car) but there it stayed the rest of the day. No practice for Djan?
There’s another practice session tmr at 9am to 12noon, then a lunch break and a drivers’ parade before the qualifying runs. Kiki Sak Nana, Thai Drift King, will be one of the judges.. I wanna see him drift though!
Here are some photos of my first day at FX Open this weekend:
This last picture is of Ivan Lau of Malaysia, who has a ‘habit’ of losing a bumper at every drift event he competes in. Will it be the front or back this time? Stay tuned to find out!
For more photos, view my album here.