ATCC: Johor Friday notes

A total of 18 fierce looking touring cars took to the track today to make final preparations for tomorrow's important qualifying sessions here on the Johor Circuit, Pasir Gudang. The Asian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) participants had the ...

A total of 18 fierce looking touring cars took to the track today to make final preparations for tomorrow's important qualifying sessions here on the Johor Circuit, Pasir Gudang. The Asian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) participants had the opportunity to test their cars and set up in dry conditions as well as wet after a heavy rain storm prior to the afternoon session.

This feature race of Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS) will display an impressive field of cars comprising Peugeots, Toyota Altezzas, Alfa 156s, and Honda of various models. Reigning champion WK_Longman Racing's C.Nattavude, who missed the opening rounds in Philippines last month, showed that he is still as determined as ever to win races when he registered the best practice times for both sessions in his Peugeot. The Thai driver and his Japanese team mate, Taichiro Ohnishi, successfully performed better than their main rival and last year's Division 2 champion, Kenny Lo who is competing with his Alfa 156.

There is also pressure to the front runners from other drivers namely Takayuki Fujita who won both opening races (Div. 2) last month as well as the Civics of Team Petronas Primax. The difficult conditions this afternoon resulted in plenty of action with spins from many drivers exploring the limit of their cars

Meanwhile, the Asian Formula 2000 races have received additional entries to improve the record number of entries registered yesterday. With 27 cars starting the races on Sunday, Malaysia's Team Meritus' driver Meckel Ali headed the time sheets with a strong performance.

"I am very satisfied with Meckel's performance today and I am happy with the team's progress since Subic." said team principle, Firhat Mokhzani.

Also participating in the AF2000 races this weekend is 2000 ATCC Champion, Henry Lee Jr. who consistently ran amongst the top six in both sessions earlier before calling it a day by topping the times in the final wet session.

Qualifying sessions begin tomorrow at 10.15 am.

AFOS is supported by Michelin Tyre, Snap-On Tool, PanGlobal Insurance and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. Tickets for the Johor AFOS event is priced at RM10 (Hillstand) and RM20 (Grandstand). Admission for children below 12 years old is free of charge. For more ticket information, please contact Axcess Tickets hotline - (03) 705 3000 or visit www.axcesstickets.com. For Singapore hotline, please contact (65) 348 5555 or www.sistic.com.sg.

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