Singapore - With its overwhelming success in 2017, Supersonic's Touge Max! Time Attack championship is now into its third year and the organisers have partnered with ACMA Engineering to rebrand the 2018 series as the ACMA Touge Max! Time Attack.
Round 1 was held at the Kuala Lumpur Elite Speedway - a new circuit for the series - on the 21st January 2018. Whilst everyone was relatively familiar with the Melaka International Motorsport Circuit (MIMC), the organisers upped the ante with a new challenging circuit to bring in new elements and challenges to further test and challenge the skills of the ever in increasing participants.
In the coming year, the Kuala Lumpur Elite Speedway will be used for Round 3 (May 2018) and Round 5 (September 2018) in both clockwise and the anticlockwise format - bringing a total of four track layouts to the series for the year.
Very few Singaporean drivers or trackies for that matter have had experience driving at the Kuala Lumpur Elite Speedway. Despite this, the organizers reached out to the community and all slots for Round 1 were fully taken up.
Starting slightly off schedule due to the further distance from Singapore and after the mandatory safety briefing, the first heats started smoothly and all the drivers were advised to go slow and learn the track before going all out.
With the experience gained from 2016 and 2017, the talent and skill level of the drivers translated to some amazing quick times right off the bat - that many did not expect.
Unfortunately, second heats were disrupted by the rain and the time attack heats were suspended for safety reasons.
With the onset of rain that persisted beyond an hour, the organisers made the decision to conclude round one after just two heats to avoid participants from chasing lap times while risking their own safety. While its a shame, safety always take priority as much as the desire to go beyond limits.
Once again, the fastest lap of the day went to Shane Ang clocking 52.22 seconds.
Some participants brought up track tyres to ensure they make the best out of the day.
The next round will be help on 18th March 2018 at Melaka International Motorsports Circuit. Tune in to www.supersonicdp.com/tougemax for more details.
Check out the results from the event below:
Fastest timing of the day
Shane Ang - 52.22 seconds
Champion - Larry Chen Lancer CS3 54.27 seconds (Team Supersonic)
2nd Place - Jonathan Tan lancer CS3 56.14 seconds (833 Garage)
3rd place - Jian Ming MX-5 56.34 seconds
Champion - Lester Neo Subaru BRZ 54.02 seconds (Team Supersonic)
2nd place - Kenneth Ho Toyota GT86 54.46 seconds (Team Supersonic)
3rd place - Zai Dan Toyota GT86 58.50secs
Champion - Gavin Ang VW Scirocco 1.4 54.46 seconds (Team Supersonic)
2nd place - Tommy VW Scirocco 1.4 54.47seconds (Team Supersonic)
3rd place - Tiew Kah Hwee VW Golf tsi 1.4 58.48 seconds
Champion - Mike Chan Fd2r 53.28 seconds (SK Garage)
2nd place - Norman Souza S2000 54.95 seconds (Team Supersonic)
3rd place Asafiy - Honda Civic EG6 55.08 seconds (Kf1)
Champion Shane Ang - Evo 9 52.22 seconds (Team Supersonic)
2nd place - Sen Koh Toyota GT86 53.21 seconds (Team Supersonic)
3rd place - Gu Zong Li Evo 10 54.38 seconds (Team SSC)
Champion - Lance Chua Lotus Exige S 53.99 seconds