Asian Festival Of Speed (AFOS) – Day 1

The first round of 2010 Asian Festival of Speed is back in Malaysia to heat up the Sepang International Circuit. Five action packed race series will feature namely, GT3 Asia, GT4 Asia Cup, Formula BMW, Asia Touring Car Series and Classic Car Club of Hong Kong Race Series. As typical Day 1, there was not much activity on track as most of the teams were preparing the car for tomorrow. Considering long list of participants from our list of driver’s entry, touring the pit-lane was quite a daunting task but we are smiling from ear to ear as we walk along the pitlane.

The GT3 Asia series will see three Lamborghini LP560 going against the rest of the field. The LP560 without doubt is craving for our attention, it’s the epitome of beauty and finesse. Typical Italian machine, the amount of attention to detail in each element of the car is just phenomenal. There isn’t simply any fault at all with the car we could unearth.

It’s not only the LP560, with Porsche 997, Ferrari F430, Ginetta G50 GT3 and Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 lining up the grid, the GT3 Asia Series is a showcase of pure motorsports culture. Definitely we are at home with this one. Expect some pretty visuals on this series as the event unfolds.

The Ginetta G50.

To join the AFOS championship lineup is the newly introduced GT4 Asia Cup. The series is part of an agreement between SRO Motorsports Group and Motorsports Asia in their effort to bring the rapidly expanding GT4 category to Asia, joining the GT4 European Cup and its franchise, the Dutch GT4 Championship.

A peek of the cockpit of Aston Martin.

The format of the race design specifically for the GT4 promise some very interesting action in the pits. It’s a 40 minute race with a mandatory pitstop and optional driver change. You might ask why the need for a driver change since the race is 40 minutes only? Well, since this promise action and element of a surprise I for one wouldn’t complain.

One of the crew from Team Eurasia taking some time off smoking the cigar late in the evening. It has been a tough day at work thanks to the hot and humid weather.

An impressive grid of Formula BMW Pacific will once again roared the Sepang track. Seven young Malaysian drivers will compete namely Afiq Ikhwan Team Meritus, Nabil Jeffri Team Eurasia, Ryan Ritchie Team Petronas Mofaz Racing, Chang Mun Shien Team Mango Asia, Amirrul Khiruddin Team Petronas Mofaz Racing and Natasha Seatter Team Petronas Mofaz Racing.

Asian Touring Car Series is making a return to the event as well. This series has been around with AFOS since its inception. Regarded as spectators favorite, we will be on the lookout for who’s who and what’s what.

25 cars will form the grid for the Classic Car Club racing. The cars ranging from TVR 5000M, Porsche 928 GT, BL Mini to Datsun and from BMW 528i to Alfa GTV.

Classic car for the old-timer. I have to say this beast sounds great.

For the Malaysian motorsports junkies, be there. There will be lots of happenings and activities planned specifically for you. One of them is eating the roti canai competition. If you plan to come, my advice is, don’t take any breakfast. You will need your stomach empty!!

Editorial : Mu’az Zakaria

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One Response to “Asian Festival Of Speed (AFOS) – Day 1”
  1. Yanagihara says:

    Hands down, great coverage.

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