The 2016 FEMCA GT was held at KLIRCC Kepong track, Malaysia. A large size track with a bit elevation on the straight delighted racers from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia. There were timed practice to re-seed the qualifying groups, followed by christmas tree final.
I was in 3rd after the timed practice, behind Paphon Chanyasak and Meen Vejrak. As qualifying started, Paphon secured the TQ spot by topping the earlier 4 rounds, Meen took the 5th round and i secured the 6th round TQ which secured me into 3rd place. Top 2 will made a direct place to final, which left me to start first in semi A.
I won the semi A, thanks to last lap overtook act from thai’s ace Witsarut Ruamlarp, only 0.3 secs separation between. As the semi B winner and also last year IFMAR GT champion, Jade Lim, made a slower laptimes than me, that awarded me the 3rd spot for the main final. Another Serpent racer who bumped to final were Christian Mamesah (my fellow indonesian) who started in 7th, followed by malaysians Tan Yeo Lek and Kenny Ow, lined up 10th and 12th respectively.
Start of the final, i was leading at the first minute followed by Meen and Jad, dropped to 3rd after took Meen and waited on him. Then, i was in comfortable 3rd place until in 30th mins mark, i got a flame out caused by broken plug, having a long time at pit following another flamed out, i have to finished my race in 8th. Such a bad casualty since my package were perfect, at least, podium place was deserved. Christian also ended his race prematurely after servo problem. Meen took the win followed by Witsarut and Paphon.
Will come back stronger next time !
Final result (Top 10) :
1. Meen Vejrak – Mugen/Maxima
2. Witsarut Ruamlarp – Mugen/Maxima
3. Paphon Chanyasak – Mugen/Maxima
4. Porapong Ratanarat – Mugen/Maxima
5. Mongkolphan Lomrose – Mugen/Maxima
6. Supawoot Pholdoke – Mugen/Maxima
7. Ong Chee Yong – Mugen/Reds
8. Bowie Ginting – Serpent/O.S.
9. Jade Lim – HB/O.S.
10. Kenny Ow – Serpent/O.S.
*Pics courtessy from Asia RC / Richard Yang