Contributed by Jensen Bong, with photos by Norfazlinda Alimad, Members, Bar Council National Young Lawyers Committee
The first leg of the Bar Council National Young Lawyers Committee (“NYLC”)’s Formula NYLC Inter–State Go–Kart Challenge flagged off successfully on 7 Apr 2012 (Saturday). The exciting Grand Prix–style race across three circuits was held in an effort to not only promote healthy living, but also encourage a competitive lifestyle amongst Members of the Bar. In addition, the event provided Members, especially young lawyers, with the opportunity to interact in a friendly, social environment.
The event, which took place at Melaka International Motorsports Circuit (“MIMC”), attracted young lawyers from different states. The race kicked off at noon, after all participants had completed registration and had been briefed on the rules and format of the competition. MIMC boasts a 1.6–km race track, which is packed with a variety of sharp corners and curves guaranteed to test any driver’s skills and reactions.
Drivers were granted a practice round consisting of a single lap around the race track to test out their machines and familiarise themselves with the track. The practice round also enabled drivers to change their go–karts if they felt the need to do so after testing out their vehicles.
The qualifying round began once all drivers were satisfied with their respective go–karts. In the qualifying round, each driver was required to complete five laps; their best time for a single lap would determine starting positions on the grid for the final round. Drivers waited anxiously and sped off as soon as the marshal waved the green flag. Dust flew across the race track as each driver endeavoured to complete the lap in record time and conquer the track that contained many sharp corners.
The participants barely had a moment to catch their breath before the final round began: the dust across the race track, barely settled from the earlier qualifying round, rose wildly once more when the green flag was waved for the second time.
Stamina and willpower came into play in the final round as drivers struggled to maintain their concentration for 10 laps under the blazing sun. However, each participant drew from the minimal experience gained in the qualifying round and got better at handling the sharp corners, resulting in an even more intense race!
With all eyes on the gold medal, and the fervent desire to notch up the highest points on the scoreboard ablaze in each driver, the final round was truly a race full of twists and turns.
Home ground advantage, and familiarity with the race track, proved to be the deciding factors in the race when the local favourite, Michael Tan Ching Hooi, emerged as champion after he crossed the finish line first. Two veteran go–karters, Azrin Razman and Ahmad Aizat Abdul Rahman from AA Racing Team of Kuala Lumpur, came in a close second and third, respectively.
The next Formula NYLC Inter–State Go–Kart Challenge will take place in Shah Alam on 7 July 2012 (Saturday)! Be sure to block your diaries and meet us at the race track. With two more circuits coming up and a finale to be staged at Sepang International Circuit, are you keen to join us in the race for the championship title?
For further information regarding the upcoming race, please do not hesitate to contact Janet Nathan by telephone at 03–2050 2103, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The complete results of the first Formula NYLC Inter–State Go–Kart Challenge are as follows:
|Position||Name||Team||Best Lap Time||Points|
|1||Michael Tan Ching Hooi||MYLCP||01:11.948||10|
|2||Azrin Razman||AA Racing Team||01:12.751||8|
|3||Ahmad Aizat Abdul Rahman||AA Racing Team||01:13.669||6|
|4||Muhammad Daniel||Lee Hishamuddin||01:15.322||5|
|5||Quek Kia Ping||Hadez||01:15.653||4|
|7||Philip Lee b Abdullah||MYLCP||01:20.596||2|
|8||Chang Ee Wan||Lee Hishamuddin||01:18.690||1|
Currently, the scoreboard stands as follows:
|Position||Name||Team||Points||Outstation Points||Total Points|
|1||Azrin Razman||AA Racing Team||8||5||13|
|2||Michael Tan Ching Hooi||MYLCP||10||2||12|
|3||Ahmad Aizat Abdul Rahman||AA Racing Team||6||5||11|
|4||Muhammad Daniel||Lee Hishamuddin||5||5||10|
|6||Quek Kia Ping||Hadez||4||2||6|
|7||Chang Ee Wan||Lee Hishamuddin||1||5||6|
|8||Philip Lee b Abdullah||MYLCP||2||2||4|
|1||AA Racing Team||24|