Djan and the team have bigger plans after this, they plan to compete in D1GP in China and also Formula Drift USA. But this also boils down to whether they can secure potential sponsorship and attain the right level of support. According to Djan, at this level, you have to be equipped with both the right tools and support or it's not worth doing at all. The team has been competing around the world since 2006 and for 2017, they look forward to focusing their efforts to more Drift competitions in Thailand, and what's equally exciting is the roadtrip to Buriram for the next Drift Competition.
We were privileged enough to visit Dream Chaser Malaysia's pits last weekend for the first round of the Malaysia Championship Series 2017. It was a hot weekend for the crew as they were busy prepping their cars for the harrowing 1-hour race that would pit their team against some of the best drivers of the series. The practice session consisted of a combination of wet/dry weather, causing the teams to scramble between both types of setups.
It was a blistering hot weekend as track temperatures were a scorching 56 degrees Celsius. The qualifying practice on Friday saw a good mix of rain and sun causing the race teams to scramble between wet and dry setups to tackle both track conditions.
Geraldine began her racing career in 2014, when she beat 300 other aspiring racers for a spot in the all-female Red Bull Rookies team. Together with two other rookies, the team was put through a series of intensive race-driving training courses before competing at the Sepang 1000KM Endurance Race later that year. Geraldine and her team made a commendable 12th place finish in their debut race against factory teams and privateers alike.
It was an articulate dance between pit crew, race car, and driver as they ensured everything was in enduro mode. Watching the Remaining Laps tick off one by one on the Main Screen was a long journey as the countdown started from 50 with at least 2-hours remaining. There were numerous challenges on the track as some drivers bumped and collided with each other within Sepang's infamous technical turns.
It was a harrowing weekend at the Sepang International Circuit with the Malaysia Championship Series 2016 underway. The weather also proved erratic as the hot and dry weather turned to wet and cold within a matter of moments. This proved to be a challenge for the racing teams competing in the third round of the MCS 2016 as they had to change from dry to wet setup as soon as the clouds began pouring
The day was cloudy as we arrived at the Circuit. It looked like we were expecting some rain but thankfully the rain never came but instead left a nice and cool atmosphere for the race teams. As with all races, the pits were brimming with action and anticipation as everyone was scrambling to prep the cars and the drivers. Tengku Djan kept his cool as he mentally prepared himself for the race where he would compete against other drivers.
What do you get when you put 4 crazy explosive talented drivers/friends together and endless supply of beers? OD Racing, that’s what you get. Earlier this year, Cornelius, Steve, Lawrence and Eddy were just hanging out over a couple of beers. Well, just one crate they say. This 4 guys are more than just friends.
Building and prepping the race car is half of the story in winning any race. With a total of 181 laps, covering 1000 kilometers of the Sepang International Circuit, Proton R3 ensures that every single component on their purpose-built Proton Suprima S is in optimum running condition to endure the grueling 8-hour race.
Mark Darwin and Fitra Eri both managed an astonishing lap time of 2:43:486 and 2:43:189 respectively for qualifying and were at Pole Position for the race. Darwin mentioned that they were still trying a few setup changes to gain a better pace during the race, which was evident during the qualifying race. Fitra also pointed out that despite their success in Qualifying, anything could happen during the 1000km race.