Eridani stuns favourite Jenny to grab pole in all-women race


By RIZAL ABDULLAH

PASIR GUDANG: On a hot and humid day, favourite Jenny Chong found herself upstaged by Eridani Tutiana for pole position as Pasir Gudang prepared for the first-ever all-women racing event in Asia. 

A total of 14 women, all in Proton cars, are taking part in the inaugural Ladies Cup Malaysian Challenge (LCMC) 2003 - which will be held during the first Malaysia Race Series, formerly known as the Johor Race Series.  

And with the times they clocked yesterday, they gave an early signal that racing buffs are in for a treat today in the LCMC 2003. 

Eridani a former go-kart racer clocked 2:06.999 to grab pole position with Jenny a close second after returning 2:07.224. In third place was Tunku Mazlina, who was timed at 2:08.719. 

BEAUTY IN THE FAST LANE: Eridani Tutiani posing with her car prior to Saturday's qualifying session for the inaugural Ladies Cup Malaysian Challenge 2003 at the Pasir Gudang Circuit. She grabbed pole position for today's race.--STARpic by IBRAHIM MOHTAR.

Jenny, who has raced from way back in 1996 when she shamed some of the more experienced men drivers by finishing fourth, is not ready to give up. 

Jenny said: “I’m quite disappointed at my time today but I will make up for it in the race proper. I can do much better and I’m eager to win the race.” 

Jenny attributed her second placing on the grid to an accident at the Lucas corner where she saw a car spin in front of her, which brought out the yellow flag. 

“I slowed down but when I tried to pick up speed on the third lap, I was blocked. I’m very happy with the car and so is my confidence,” she said. 

Eridani is leaving her chances to luck as she expects a tough race. 

“I might be in pole position but I believe that anyone of us is capable of winning. 

“The time returned in the qualifying race is enough to tell this. I will leave it to luck,’’ said Eridani. 

During the races today, JCircuit will also announce the list of racers who qualify for the JMC (Johor Motor Club) Scholarship worth RM200,000. 

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