Sooo I am not in Asia anymore, but I have a few stories I still want to share. Here is the first one. Ilias and I travelled to Malaysia, to attend the first ever JQ Asia Tour Malaysia Event! A night race, held at the newly built 3 Stone Park facility in Kuala Lumpur. This facility has the potential to become one of the best facilities for RC in the world, catering for all scales and classes, with hobbyshop, cafe, and even KFC on the compound. It was still not finished, logistics still need some work, getting in and out of the facility, and also the offroad track itself needs some work. But surely it will all be up and running well for
next this years FEMCA Championships.
For this event Kelvin Yong would be running my 2nd car, and Jacob Wilson from Australia would be running my 3rd car. Unfortunately it started to rain towards the end of practice, and it just kept coming down. When the race was supposed to start, it was still raining, and the track was a mudbowl. The car’s did manage to finish the runs, but it was really really muddy. I decided not to race, as I already had two cars in the event, with Jacob and Kelvin, and apparently this did not go over well with some people who really wanted to see me race. Well all I can say is that the situation was very unfortunate. no one can control the weather, so it is not like there would have been super racing action. The main reason that I did not race was that the following week Hara was going to run my car, which was brand new. With limited parts supply, there was no way I was going to destroy it in the mud. Unfortunate, but that is just how it is sometimes.
But as I said, there were two JQ White Editions in the race, and they did not dissappoint! Both made the main, and Kelvin qualified 2nd! Once the main started, it was still raining, so it would be a tough main. I pitted for Jacob, and after a great start, there was a pileup, and inevitably Jacob ended up far behind. After driving up through the pack he made a mistake on the back section, and another car hit him at full speed, bending the rear shock shaft. With a stuck rear shock, Jacob still managed to finish in 6th place! At the front Kelvin was having a great battle, and ended up winning the race! That was a great achievement, as he just picked up my car and raced it.
Big thank you to Alvin Lam and the 3Stone Park Crew, Kelvin Yong and Cynthia Lye, and of course The Stocek Family for hooking us up with 1st class accomodation!
Some Random facts:
– Kuala Lumpur Centre is impressive, not even just the towers, everything there. Oil money I guess.
– Everyone speaks English, but in fact, out of all the countries I visited, Malaysia has the rudest people (strangers).
– It is really hot, oh man.
– In November it rains every day for 45 minutes, at exactly 4 o’clock. Insane.