Read 9tro’s Coverage on the TIMETOATTACK Finale 2012!
Hoping to beat the heavy traffic at the Singapore – Malaysia Second Link, we left home at 6.30am hoping to have a smooth cruise up to Sepang, which is about 320km. Greeted briefly by a McLaren MP4-12C, a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Mercedes Benz C63 AMG and a group of Porsches that overtook us along the North South Highway, we were sure that we would be in for a treat.
Reaching the circuit at around 10am, we were stopped by the security guard who couldn’t speak English and refused us entry which was strange, especially so when the race was open to the public. After explaining to him profusely that we were there to take photos, he allowed us in.
After the mandatory car park walkabout, we made our way into the pit area, up the track side and were faced with Nissan GT-Rs (R33 to R35), Honda Civic FD2Rs, Subaru WRXs, Mitsubishi Evolutions and even a Ferrari whizzing by the starting line with a deafening roar. Apart from the usual suspects, a Datsun 280ZX, a Toyota AE86 and even a Honda NSX was going around the track during the practice session.
Cars hailing from both Singapore and Malaysia lined the pit lanes including celebrities within the region such as female drifter Leona Chin in her Nissan S13 Silvia, prince of drift Tengku Tjan Ley in his BMW E36 M3 and professional racing driver Denis Lian piloting a McLaren MP4-12C and a Renault Megane RS 250 Cup. Workshops representing both countries included McKee Racing, Garage R, ST Powered, ST Wangan, Kazama and Spark Motorsports having prepared time attack cars out to attempt the fastest timing of the day.
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