FRT Suzuka Drift Team conquers BDCS first round

 

By UMESH RAJAN

KOTA KINABALU: Journeyman Rysandhy Akbar Rais powered his way through to claim the champion’s title of the Borneo Drift Challenge Series (BDCS) first round which ended yesterday at Borneo Palinda Motorsports Park in Kinarut.

The well known Indonesian drifter took the spot after defeating Kota Belud lad, Gui Foo Sing of FRT Suzuka Drift Team in an exquisite final battle.

“I am very happy to achieve my maiden win here in Sabah as this is only my second time competing in this beautiful state.

“The victory was hard earned especially against Foo Sing, he is a talented drifter and not forgetting this is my first time driving a short wheelbase AE86 with a natural aspirated engine, so the win is much sweeter.

“I hope to return back here for the next round and defend my title,” he said when met after the prize presentation ceremony.

The first round’s top qualifier also representing FRT Suzuka Drift Team, Fazreen Ismail completed the podium spots while crowd favourite, Alig Wong of Prince Lubricants settled for fourth place.

The duo EAR Drift Team cum OWS Lubricants drifter, Wong Tai Khee and Michael Chung as well as Maxxoil Sabah pair of Mah Choun Hwo and Jazz Pan completed the top eight rank.

The two-day competition saw around 20 expert drifters from Sabah, Peninsular Malaysia and Indonesia take part whereby organising chairman, Desmond Chong of Elegance Auto Review was satisfied with its outcome.

“The competition ended with a high level of satisfaction to everyone, they had a good time and I want to congratulate Rysandhy for coming all the way from Indonesia as well as winning this first round.

“Thank you to all the drifters that participated including the judges and not forgetting sponsors namely OWS Lubricants, Maxxoil, Suzuka Oil, Ams Oil and Prince Lubricant for their supports as well as Borneo Palinda Motorsports Park for preparing the venue.

“Hopefully we will see an increase in participation in the next two rounds of this drift series which will be happening around July and October with the venue to be confirmed later on,” he said.

This year’s BDCS consists of three rounds where the drifter that gathers the most points throughout all three rounds of the series will walk away with the title of Drift King together with the Challenge Trophy.

He added that the competition is organised not only to determine the top drifter in Sabah but also to strengthen the relationship ties among the local drifters.

 
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New Sabah Times