Round 05, K2 race report - Razak and Huffiz stars, Udi and Fazz stumble

Saturday, 18 June 2005
Shah Alam Stadium Kart Circuit (CW)

Veteran Abd Razak Halim held back quick Hafidz Fahro Rozi in a photo finish to take his first win of 2005 with sifoo Jules Ng finishing third. Hafidz (Huffiz) looked like taking the round 5 win on his return to racing after missing 3 rounds but was denied at the line by a confident performance from Razak.

Nazaruddin, Yew Siak Jin and Shaeran Baba completed the top 6 finishers.

Most notable were the stumble of both championship leaders Salehuddin (Udi) and Fazz Rahman. They finished tenth and eleventh, respectively.

These combined fortunes conspire to tighten up the battle for the K2 honours, as Udi retains a slim lead with 59 pts over Fazz on 58 pts. But Jules and Jin were closing in quickly on 54 and 49 pts, respectively.

4 drivers starred in qualifying as Jules, Tarmizi, Huffiz and Ahmad Hilmy Halim all scored a win each.

Razak made full opportunity of the relatively good grid position in the final to hold the charging Huffiz back as Jules' progress through the field was delayed.

K2 1st qualifying report

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Grp,Pos,Driver,Grid,Kart,Points
A,1,Jules Ng,2,17,20
A,2,Shaeran Baba,4,22,16
A,3,Nazaruddin,3,25,14
A,4,Ahmad Hilmy Halim,6,18,12
A,5,Ashraf Dewal,7,24,11
A,6,Abd Razak,5,20,10
A,7,Ng Wei Li,8,19,9
A,8,Salehuddin,1,28,8
A,9,Steward Loke,9,21,7
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Grp,Pos,Driver,Grid,Kart,Points
B,1,Tarmizi,4,22,20
B,2,Hafidz Fahro Rozi,5,20,16
B,3,Jason Lu - BM5,7,24,14
B,4,Yew Siak Jin,2,17,12
B,5,Munib,6,18,11
B,6,Azlee,3,25,10
B,7,Yip Yen,8,19,9
B,8,Fazlur Rahman,1,28,8
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K2 2nd qualifying report

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Grp,Pos,Driver,Grid,Kart,Points
A,1,Ahmad Hilmy Halim,4,22,20
A,2,Abd Razak,5,28,16
A,3,Salehuddin,9,21,14
A,4,Jules Ng,8,19,12
A,5,Shaeran Baba,6,18,11
A,6,Ng Wei Li,2,17,10
A,7,Nazaruddin,7,24,9
A,8,Steward Loke,1,29,8
A,9,Ashraf Dewal,3,25,7
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Grp,Pos,Driver,Grid,Kart,Points
B,1,Hafidz Fahro Rozi,4,22,20
B,2,Jason Lu - BM5,2,17,16
B,3,Fazlur Rahman,8,19,14
B,4,Yew Siak Jin,7,24,12
B,5,Munib,3,28,11
B,6,Tarmizi,5,20,10
B,7,Azlee,6,18,9
B,8,Yip Yen,1,29,8
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Overall Qualifying Ranking

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Pos,Driver,Seed,Points
1,Hafidz Fahro Rozi,15,36
2,Jules Ng,3,32
3,Ahmad Hilmy Halim,18,32
4,Tarmizi,11,30
5,Jason Lu - BM5,22,30
6,Shaeran Baba,10,27
7,Abd Razak,12,26
8,Yew Siak Jin,4,24
9,Nazaruddin,8,23
10,Salehuddin,1,22
11,Fazlur Rahman,2,22
12,Munib,20,22
13,Azlee,9,19
14,Ng Wei Li,24,19
15,Ashraf Dewal,21,18
16,Yip Yen,27,17
17,Steward Loke,-,15
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Final Race Result

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Pos,Final group,Driver,Grid,Kart,Points
1,(A),Abd Razak,3,28,20
2,(A),Hafidz Fahro Rozi,9,22,16
3,(A),Jules Ng,8,29,14
4,(A),Nazaruddin,1,25,12
5,(A),Yew Siak Jin,2,20,11
6,(A),Shaeran Baba,4,18,10
7,(A),Tarmizi,6,19,9
8,(A),Jason Lu - BM5,5,24,8
9,(A),Ahmad Hilmy Halim,7,17,7
10,(B),Salehuddin,8,22,6
11,(B),Fazlur Rahman,7,19,5
12,(B),Ashraf Dewal,3,25,4
13,(B),Azlee,5,18,3
14,(B),Munib,6,28,2
15,(B),Ng Wei Li,4,29,1
16,(B),Yip Yen,2,17,0
17,(B),Steward Loke,1,26,0
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Overall Standings after Round 5

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Rank,Driver,Points,Qualifying
1. ,Salehuddin,59,145
2. ,Fazlur Rahman,58,125
3. ,Jules Ng,54,133
4. ,Yew Siak Jin,49,128
5. ,Abd Razak,39,110
6. ,Nazaruddin,38,119
7. ,Brian Eravelly,34,89
8. ,Shaeran Baba,32,115
9. ,Hafidz Fahro Rozi,32,67
10. ,Tarmizi,30,116
11. ,A Muhaymin,30,80
12. ,Simon Tan,30,79
13. ,Azlee,26,106
14. ,Ahmad Hilmy Halim,17,57
15. ,Devan Sridaran,16,73
16. ,Azmee Ahmad,16,66
17. ,Shahrul Azlan,14,69
18. ,Jason Lu - BM5,13,100
19. ,Edwin Cheah ,11,29
20. ,Ashraf Dewal,10,77
21. ,Munib,9,56
22. ,Alvin Joseph,8,24
23. ,Yusnee Yusof,5,59
24. ,Ng Wei Li,4,72
25. ,Nurul Alis,3,21
26. ,Steward Loke,2,30
27. ,Yip Yen,1,75
28. ,Nazim Mansor - B328,0,43
29. ,Brian Fernandez,0,25
30. ,Khairul Hizam,0,18
31. ,Yu Jin Lee,0,17
32. ,James Tiang,0,16
33. ,Ozi Shahril,0,16
34. ,Alban de Souza,0,16
35. ,Stanley Tai,0,15
36. ,Joey Teo,0,15
37. ,Zoolhilmi Mohd,0,13
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did you notice our laptimes are slower than last year? I remember shahrul asraf did 59secs on opening season last year (new track layout). Now average is around 1min 04secs. Any idea?

Anyway congrats Razak. He pulled away so quick. I pushed too hard passing other drivers in early laps, that made the tires burnout and loose grip. I couldn't catch up as I was fumbling all over the place after that.

I think the slower lap times is partly due to the tyre compound. Most of the karts seem to be running on Raptor hard compound tyres. Last year a lot of the 100cc karts are running on used Dunlop soft or medium compound.

Or it could be most of us have gained a few kilos since last year, some got married you know!

I test drove kart 22 later, after everyone went home......ha ha.

Whilst assembling for the finals - TWO drivers suggested the removal of the kart 22 but seconds later, backed out and said it should stay put. Their reasoning to this answer was "if we want to pull it out - we should have done it earlier". Whilst I can reply " how do we know that this kart is so superior until we have run all the heats", I decided to keep quiet.

anyway while all was for fun but i think we certainly should consider this seriously for equality sake. As offered to the drivers above, I always believe in taking a driver's vote for majority in decision making. We did this before & we can do it again - just voice it.

Lap Times are relative......track condition, tyre conditions ( & compounds ) matters.

[quote=Jules]I test drove kart 22 later, after everyone went home......ha ha.

Whilst assembling for the finals - TWO drivers suggested the removal of the kart 22 but seconds later, backed out and said it should stay put. Their reasoning to this answer was "if we want to pull it out - we should have done it earlier". Whilst I can reply " how do we know that this kart is so superior until we have run all the heats", I decided to keep quiet.

anyway while all was for fun but i think we certainly should consider this seriously for equality sake. As offered to the drivers above, I always believe in taking a driver's vote for majority in decision making. We did this before & we can do it again - just voice it.

Lap Times are relative......track condition, tyre conditions ( & compounds ) matters.
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My view is that unless the kart is so clearly superior, we should remove it for the finals, but allow it to be raced in the qualifiers.

But anyway Jules - what was your assessment of kart 22?

It had very good handling & high level of grip, hence good turn-in and exit. The brakes has very little travel - so this may not suit everyone but good for me......

Having said all this - part of the gameplan is LUCK, so I am not complaining.

The issue is - as Fazz now confirms, there is an avenue to remove a kart for the finals and this could be because the kart is not safe, bent, damaged, too fast. We do this via a driver's vote BEFORE the finals but you must reason it out to us & drivers.