An appetite for the fast lane


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 26 Aug 2004

BY ELIZABETH LOOI

SEPANG: Every Monday to Friday, he sells exotic seafood ranging from Australian king crabs to lobsters from Boston but on weekends, he gets down and dirty with racing cars and hits the tracks in Sepang at breakneck speed. 

Unique Seafood Restaurant owner Kok Pak Chiang, 30, will be taking part for the fifth time in the Merdeka Millennium Endurance race on Saturday.  

Kok, who dreams of taking part in an international race some day, has been participating in the event since 2000 and emerged champion in 2001 and 2002 in Class B. 

DETERMINED BUSINESSMAN: Kok (left) instructing his worker Pahal Bahadur Basnet as he catches a fish at his restaurant yesterday.

This year, he will be driving a Satria GTi 1.8 with Ng Kok Chin and Japanese Yasuhiro Morita in his team which is named after his restaurant. 

Despite being a busy businessman, Kok is wise in time management and practises his driving on weekends. 

Kok, who is determined to regain his position as the winner, said he had been preparing for the race since the beginning of the year. 

“I knew I would not have the time when the race is near, so I started preparing my car and maintaining the engine early,” said the experienced driver who has also taken part in rallying and the Malaysian Super Series race. 

He said he was determined to win this year’s race as he had put in a lot of effort into improving his car for the past few months. 

“I have fully modified the Satria and the new system allows my team to monitor the performance of the car while I’m on the track.  

“It’s very user-friendly and any adjustment can be made almost immediately,” he said, adding that saving time was vital to winning the race. 

Apart from top drivers from Malaysia and the Japan GT Championship, competitors for the event include those who had raced in the Formula Nippon, Formula BMW Asia, Formula Asia, Formula 2000 and Formula Renault. 

Tickets, priced at RM20, are available at the circuit and the Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station. 

They can also be purchased through www.malaysiangp.com.my or by ticket hotline 03-8526 2222. 

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