ATCC: Sepang race report rounds seven and eight

Asian Touring Car Championship Round 7 & 8 Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 20-22 July 2001 Briggs Sets Cat Amongst The Pigeons South African Touring Car ace, Michael Briggs driving a B Class 1600cc Honda Civic for Team Petronas ...

Asian Touring Car Championship Round 7 & 8
Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur
20-22 July 2001

Briggs Sets Cat Amongst The Pigeons

South African Touring Car ace, Michael Briggs driving a B Class 1600cc Honda Civic for Team Petronas Primax, took the race right up to the front-runners with a cosummate display that sparked new life into the emerging championship.

Even though the meeting was dominated by Thailand's Nattavude, who now leads the championship driving an A Class 2-litre Peugeot 306, Briggs' second and third placings in each of the two hotly contested races were the talk of the meeting.

Despite shaming many of the higher powered runners, both drives were still acheived under duress when fellow Class B driver, Japan's Takayuki Fujita, also in a Civic, put considerable pressure on Briggs.

"Fujita San never gave me a moments peace, " quipped the relieved Briggs, "he was right there until the last corner - making me fight for every every inch!"

Briggs' experience is also clearly rubbing off on his much younger teammate, the 18 year old Malaysian rookie Mohammed Fariqe Bin Hairuman, who signalled his aspirations by driving from a modest 15th grid position to 6th outright in a demonstration that belied his tender years.

Team Principal, David Wong, along with visiting Petronas Motorsport powerbrokers were clearly flushed with pride at the youngster's dazzle. <pre> Race Results:

Round 7: Outright

1. Nattavude (THA), WK Longman Racing Peugeot 306 (Class A) 2. Michael Briggs (RSA), Petronas Primax Honda Civic (Class B) 3. Takayuki Fujita (JPN), Ao Racing Honda Civic (Class B)

Round 8: Outright

1. Nattavude (THA), WK Longman Racing Peugeot 306 (Class A) 2. Jun San Chen (TWN), Team AAI-CPC Toyota Altezza (Class A) 3. Michael Briggs (RSA), Petronas Primax Honda Civic (Class B)

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Series General
Drivers Jun-San Chen