Thursday, August 22, 2013

Dodging Cones - SMSA Gymkhana Round III

Words by: Ben Snaps by: Ben

To mark the last day of the long week end of Hari Raya Puasa and National Day, I made my way down to Aviation Park Road to check out SMSA's Gymkhana Round III.

This was it, the last leg of the 2013 competition, and the chance for drivers to claim the gold in the 4 different racing classes; the FWD, RWD, AWD and Open.

While only 7 competitors were in the run for the SMSA Auto Gymkhana Series Championship, there was a healthy total of 27 competitors pitting their cars around the cones.

It was good to see drivers coming down from Malaysia to take part in the cone-dodging, and they sure put up quite a show!

Each driver was given 2 hours to qualify on each of the two circuits and clock the fastest combined time.

After a hot day in the sun, cooled down by Monster Energy drinks, the final results came out:
Class 1 was won by Sim Horng Pin in his Suzuki Swift Sports, Class 2 by Vijayraj Thanarajah at the wheel of his S15 Silvia, Class 3 saw Roland Teo and his WRX claim the fist place, and Kenneth Ang, also in a WRX, won Class 4.

Roland Teo also walked away with the overall 2013 SMSA Auto Gymkhana champion’s title.

The day was ended with a shootout which saw the top 4 drivers of Class 3 (RWD) clock the fastest time in one round. Malaysian Teoh Guan Chang Mickey showed everyone how it was done by clocking a fast 40.92 seconds with his wide body MR-S.

Ronald Teo came next with 42.40 seconds, followed by Tay Kim Hock Dan who timed 43.10s with his Lotus Elise, and Wong Teck Yew who brought his Evo 8 MRRS across the line in 56.14s.

This last leg of the championship settles it for the 2013 season, and the SMSA Gymkhana is slated to return in 2014. Rumors, however, talk about a standalone event in October or November. Stay tuned!


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