No Singaporeans at Formula Drift M’sia!

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay Blog | Blog Post of Cheryl Tay

Out of the 40-driver participant list, there was one name ready to fly the Singapore flag high at Formula Drift Malaysia 2010 – IVAN LIM. Unfortunately, his car is still stuck in Thailand due to customs issues (which caused him to miss FD Thailand as well) so he can’t take part.

 

He is here though, to help Charles Ng and Ryuji Miki with their cars. There are no other Singaporeans on the competitors’ list.

 

I asked Marcus (Lim of DriftPac) and he said there were over 60 applicants, so he had to do selection based on meritocracy. Basically those who have been taking part in every Formula Drift Asia round get more priority!

 

Here are some set up shots:

Tickets are RM22 for walkabout, RM95 for grandstand and RM125 for covered grandstand. Get them at www.ticketpro.com.my or call +603 7880 7999. Will i see you there? :)

 

Nothing left on the programme for today except drivers’ briefing at 4pm which doesn’t involve the media. The roads around Dataran Merdeka are congested, so as to accommodate to this Formula Drift event! Oops :X Took half hour to get from Merdeka Square to Double Tree by Hilton which is at Jln Tun Razak.. The traffic jams here remind me of Macau during the annual Grand Prix!

 

Double Tree by Hilton in Kuala Lumpur is the first Double Tree by Hilton in Southeast Asia. With 540 rooms across 34 floors, the hotel is very new, just opened about four months ago in August. Upon check-in, i was served a fresh cookie! This is my room – looks damn good and welcoming especially when i was in dire need for sleep! Each of the 32 sqm (350 sq ft.) standard guestrooms offer outstanding city and Klang Valley views and are equipped with spacious workspaces and seating areas, chargeable high-speed Internet access, flat-panel LCD televisions, complimentary in-room coffee and tea service. There’s also the brand’s signature Sweet Dreams by Doubletree sleep experience and a pillow menu with an abundance of pillows for a great night’s sleep. There are nine Executive Floors from the 26th floor onwards, including 152 Executive Guestrooms, 19 Deluxe Suites, 21 Executive Suites and five Terrace Suites with spacious private terraces overlooking the KL city skyline. Five restaurants and bars include home-style Italian cuisine at Tosca, fine wines with an on-site wine sommelier at the Cellar Door, the Axis Lounge or The Food Store. The signature resturant is the Makan Kitchen on the 11th floor which has 350 seats, five private dining rooms, three “live” interactive kitchens and six local cuisines.

 

The Doubletree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur is connected by covered walkway to the Ampang Park LRT station, which is just 15 minutes away from the Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station in 15 minutes and 28 minutes away to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport by the KLIA Airport Express Trains. Took a three-hour nap and i’m feeling much better now! Woke up feeling hungry though and didn’t want to go out alone, so i ordered in-room dining! Doubletree Club Sandwich, yummy yum yum:)

 

Hope i’ll be able to sleep tonight though, heading to the track at 8.30am! Practice starts at 10am, then there’s an opening ceremony by the KL City Hall Mayor at 3pm, before qualifying (top 32) at 3.45pm. So exciting!

 

I’m anxious to see how the drivers will take to the track.. It’s a straight long track with change in road surface from tarmac to pebble blocks, very tricky! Will it rain?

 

Alrighty, i will update my blog on-site with photos and news whenever i can!

Cheryl Tay

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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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