ATCC: Shah Alam: Round three report

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia June 22, 2002 (Saturday) Lew and Firhat win from pole position in round three of the Proton Satria Gti and Proton Production Car Championships Pole position man Eddie Lew made a text book finish of round ...

ATCC: Shah Alam: Round three report

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
June 22, 2002 (Saturday)

Lew and Firhat win from pole position in round three of the Proton Satria Gti and Proton Production Car Championships

Pole position man Eddie Lew made a text book finish of round three of the Proton Satria Gti Championship winning the race from start to finish at the Sepang International Circuit.

Lew extracted himself from the 12-car grid from the start of the 10-lap race managing to open a comfortable two-second gap to just pace himself to the chequered flag.

"My car was running well today although I have to admit that I'm a little disappointed with the lap times," said the 28-year-old from Johor. "Faidzil Alang drove exceptionally well this race and I expect him to be my main contender in tomorrow's race and in the championship."

Starting from fifth and the third row of the grid, Team Proton Sports' Faidzil Alang claimed a respectable second after a four way tussle in the midfield.

Faidzil overtook veteran driver Jimmy Low for second going into the third lap with Low's race coming to end at the same corner as a result of a collision with Tommy Lee. Despite driving on with a severely knocked in driver side door, Lee finished third five seconds clear of fourth place man Eric Yeo.

"The footrest in my car broke and rested on the brake pedal. When I was about to brake into the corner I realized I couldn't stop so I just jammed on the brake pedal. I even tried pulling the handbrake but it was too late. The car just refused to stop. It was unfortunate that Jimmy was there," said apologetic Lee, adding that his car suffered severe chassis damage from the accident.

Meanwhile, in the 1800cc class of the Proton Production Car Championship pole sitter Firhat Mokhzani made up for a bad start and eventually pulled away with the race after the third lap.

"An incredibly close race. I was fortunate to have been able to pull away from the rest and from then on, it was just pacing myself to the finish," said Firhat who finished the race eight seconds clear of a bunched up and fierce fighting chasing pack.

The fight for second, third and fourth was an extremely heatedly contested battle involving no less than five drivers; Hafizy Hafiz, Ramesh Subramaniam, Tan Chaw Loon, Aman Hussin and Sutan Mustaffa locked in fierce bumper-to-bumper racing all the way to the finish.

In a desperate overtaking maneuver, Sutan nudged Ramesh off the track from second but the former had enough momentum to recover quickly and rejoined the race in third with Sutan pelted into the gravel on the following corner. That allowed Hafizy, who lost track position dropping from second on the grid to fourth to capitalize on the Ramesh-Sutan skirmish to slip pass and back up into second.

Ramesh however, charged ahead and eventually caught up with Hafizy in the second closing stages of the race to eventually reclaim second by a mere one second with Sutan in fourth a further four seconds adrift.

The 1600cc class was also no less dramatic with several cars knocked out by collision and mechanical failure.

Shazull Hisham won the race starting from fourth on the grid, with Mohd Faizal Sukree a close second and pole-sitter Muhammad Fauzi finishing third.

Lim Ee Cheok who had qualified third on the grid was involved in a three-car tussle in the midfirld that resulted in him sustaining too much damage to continue and Ahmad Fauzi retiring from the race.

Promoted by Motorsport Asia (M) Sdn Bhd the 12-round Proton Production Car and Proton Satria Gti Championships is sanctioned by the Automobile Federation of Malaysia (AAM) and sponsored by Proton Edar.

-afos-

shares
comments
UTE: Winton: Sunday results

Previous article

UTE: Winton: Sunday results

Next article

ETCC: Anderstorp: Round five preview

ETCC: Anderstorp: Round five preview
Load comments
The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under Prime

The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under

Joey Mawson made waves in the middle of the last decade, beating future Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher - among other highly-rated talents - to the 2016 German F4 title. A run in F1's feeder GP3 category only caused his career to stall, but now back in Australia Mawson's S5000 title success has set that to rights

General
May 20, 2021
Why Todt’s FIA successor could be cut from the same cloth Prime

Why Todt’s FIA successor could be cut from the same cloth

Jean Todt has signalled that he will not stand for re-election as FIA president. Mark Gallagher analyses the strong credentials of one potential successor…

General
May 2, 2021
The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing Prime

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing

OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be.

General
Apr 21, 2021
The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction Prime

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction

The forthcoming Netflix film linking the world of underworld crime and motorsport plays on a theme that isn't exactly new. Over the years, several shady figures have attempted to make it in racing before their dubious dealings caught up with them.

General
Jan 31, 2021
The cherished curios kept by motorsport's professionals at home Prime

The cherished curios kept by motorsport's professionals at home

Keeping trophies and momentos of key triumphs is par for the course for motorsport professionals, but what are the most cherished souvenirs picked up by the drivers and engineers who have seen and done it all?

General
Dec 26, 2020
Why motorsport should consider a mid-week future Prime

Why motorsport should consider a mid-week future

International motorsport has been the preserve of weekends, but the pandemic forced Formula E to get creative with its Berlin season finale as four races were held mid-week. Should FE and other series break with tradition and repeat the experiment?

General
Oct 5, 2020
How pragmatic principles made Ron Tauranac a design legend Prime

How pragmatic principles made Ron Tauranac a design legend

Jack Brabham's 1966 world championship campaign in his eponymous car was also a defining moment in the career of designer Ron Tauranac, who would apply the same ethos to his ultra-successful production racing car business, Ralt.

General
Jul 23, 2020
The ingrained failure motorsport must fix to avoid 'turf wars' Prime

The ingrained failure motorsport must fix to avoid 'turf wars'

OPINION: The FIA has warned that the major motorsport championships must not get engaged in 'turf wars' when it comes to the urgent need to re-organising the 2020 calendars, but there are tedious past problems that must be addressed to satisfy all.

General
May 3, 2020