PASIR GUDANG: Eridani Tutiana drove into the record books of Asian motor-racing as the first winner of the Ladies Cup Malaysian Challenge at the Johor Circuit here yesterday.
The race held during the first round of this season’s Malaysian Race Series was stopped after four laps when one of the cars driven by Juana Nor Hassan spun and stalled in the middle of the track.
The race was restarted for the remaining eight laps and the 32-year-old Eridani went on to take the chequered flag in 10:48.846. Jenny Chong, who ran into brake problems at the restart, finished second in 10:49.950.
“I must admit that it could have been a different story if the race had not been stopped. But I had plenty of luck today and am very grateful for the win,” said Eridani, who started in pole position.
Jenny, who hails from Johor Baru but teaching in Singapore, was disappointed over the second-place finish but gave Eridani full credit for her win.
“Tuti did an excellent job. She handled the situation well and deserved victory. However, I will be back in the coming races,” said Jenny.
Negri Sembilan’s Tunku Mazlina Tunku Ibrahim was timed at 10:52.586 for third place followed by Cecilia Loo (11:15.478) and Rozilah Mohd Tamrin (11:16.961).
The race had a 14-woman field and all drove Proton cars.
Meanwhile, Singapore’s motorcycle racing team, Extreme Fuchs, have been banned for the rest of the season after their rider Lim Kia Siong and crew member Thamodaran were found guilty of assaulting Malaysian-based Danish rider Poul Erik Jensen in the pits after the Pirelli Cup Challenge.
Erik Jensen works in Pasir Gudang and he holds a Malaysian racing licence. He is a regular in races held at the Johor Circuit. Yesterday, he won the Asian Zone over 600cc experts’ title astride a Yamaha, clocking 20:14.277 in the 12-lap race.
The clerk of course, Harvey Yap, brought the fight to the attention of AAM stewards Albert Anthony and Douglas Choong and a guilty verdict was returned on the Extreme Fuchs’ duo.
“We interviewed all parties concerned, Team Extreme Fuchs, Erik Jensen, the pit marshall and officials. Team Extreme Fuchs have been banned from participating in all races in Malaysia for the rest of the year,” said Albert.
“The team were also fined RM1,500, which is equivalent to the prize monies for the event. They will only be allowed to race next year on supervision (probationary report). If they are involved in any more incidents, they will be banned for good.”
Albert added that the team had been given three weeks to settle the fine.
Series production bikes, 250cc (two-stroke) and 400cc (four-stroke) experts: 1. Mohd Rafek Sulaiman (Honda) 17:35.611, 2. Manvir Singh (Yamaha) 17:36.390, 3. Zulkifli Mohamed (Honda) 18:38.752.
250cc (two-stroke) and 400cc (four-stroke) novices: 1. Charnjeet Singh (Honda) 18:34.939, 2. Hussaini Abdullah (Honda) 18:57.113, 3. Mohd Ronnie Khan (Honda) 18:57.656.
Pirelli Cup Challenge (Asia Zone, over 600cc experts): 1. Poul Erik Jensen (Yamaha) 20:14.277, 2. Takeshi Kimura (Honda) 20:14.546, 3. Matthew Patterson (Honda) 20:23.957.
400cc and above novices: 1. Leong Yen Hong (Yamaha) 20:35.891, 2. Mark Lim (Yamaha) 20:52.409, 3. Malik Shamas (Yamaha) 20:54.645.
Proton (National A, B, C): 1. Siah Woei Pying 20:24.762, 2. Choo Yong Choon 20:25.211, 3. Eli Bahruddin 20:26.048.
Proton (National C): 1. Eli Bahruddin 20:28.135, 2. Woi Chun Kiat 20:36.409, 3. Hanapiah Mazlan 20:38.375.
Malaysian Super Saloons (Round 1, Asia Zone): 1. Lai Wee Sing (Honda) 18:03.665, 2. Timothy Schulz (Honda) 18:05.929, 3. Choo Yong Choon (Honda) 18:12.312.
Malaysian Super Saloons (Round 2, Asia Zone): 1. Brian Whillock (Toyota) 18:09.592, 2. Choo Yong Choon (Honda) 18:23.198, 3. Goh Jenn Woei (Toyota) 18:38.869.
Ladies Cup Malaysian Challenge (National C): 1. Eridani Tutiana (Proton) 10:48.846, 2. Jenny Chong Nyuek Pin (Proton) 10:49.950, 3. Tunku Mazlina Tunku Ibrahim (Proton) 10:52.586.