Sunday, August 3, 2008
My First Glimpse Of Go Kart Race
I went to Bandar this afternoon to watch the Bandar Go Kart race.
This Go Kart race must be really special because it's actually the first go-kart race in town since 40 years ago!
For such a legendary event, the organisers, Primetec Engineering Sdn Bhd and the Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Board not only got the event approved but also closed several roads leading to the capital to make way for the race.
I went there at around 2.30pm, and by that time, the race has already began long ago.
There were hell lots of people surrounding the 'race track'.
The race is divided into several categories like the 100cc race, 125cc race and so on.Have you ever seen an umbrella with two ends?
Some competitors in the race came all the way from Miri and other parts of Malaysia.
It is actually a very small lap considering the race only takes place around both Jalan Sultan and Jalan Elizabeth Dua.
There are also lots of people watching the race in front of Coffee Bean.
It makes coffee bean looks like a crime took place right?
Anyways, whenever I turned around, I saw photographers everywhere!
Lots and lots of 'em. And they all use big, black, bulky dSLR cameras with huge telephoto zoom lens.
If that's not cool enough, there are people who brought their handycams.
Or digital cameras.
Now I really feel incompetent. All these years, I've been using my camera phone for pictures and it's now an embarrassment.
Even an old uncle also uses a dSLR camera. The world has changed, I'm surprised.
Before you know it, several RTB cameramen were there as well.
The race is really exciting.
What's so uncomfortable is that there's nowhere for me to sit and I have to keep on standing for the whole afternoon. Now that's really torturing.
The race is not a really clean race afterall. I witnessed one of the drivers knocking the other driver away.
And this is what happenned.
The 'kart' crashed!
Some of the race crews quickly came and pull the driver out to safety.
Now that's very unfortunate for the driver. 0 points for not finishing the race.
Then, the round ended and another 'crew' came out with the green flag to signal the end of the round.
All the racers then came to the 'pit' to get some break.What is that guy doing?
And it was this time that I get to get up real close with all the racers.
Look at that shiny blue helmet! So cool!
Shortly afterwards, all the karts and the racers are to be weighed together on this scale.
If the combine weight of the driver and the kart is less than 160kg, then the driver will be disqualified. Well, that's what I've heard.
So when the drivers go and have their combine weights measured, they can pose it several ways.
For instance, like this,
or even like this!
When the final round was about to begin, I quickly got ready and took a photo of the drivers before the starting line.
This time, there's no nasty tricks from other drivers.
The funny part of this round is when a driver tries to
make a turn round the corner.
The kart basically stopped right there!
It is then evident that the driver can't go on any further and therefore has to retire.
Another unfortunate driver.
The crew did a good job with all the quick response, but what the hell, they actually left the kart on the side of the road!
And I thought they were paid for doing their jobs.
The race finally ended we got a winner!Looks like some Japanese guy to me.
Congrats to the young Malaysian Ammirol bin Ahmad Mahmud for being the winner of all winners.
I took a total of 125 photos today, and I still got a lot of pictures to show you. I'll just let the pictures do the talking. You know, pictures speak a thousand words.
The winner having his combined weights taken.
All the racers moving onto a small stage at somewhere up front.
The race committees.
The winner after his parade.
One of the karts.
I don't know what to say. Simply the picture of the day.
I'm off to sleep.
:: Posted by DENCORPORATION at 9:11 PM