Sunday, December 7, 2008

Go-Karting TT

Date: 07 Dec 2008
Time: 2.00pm
Location: Stadium Shah Alam

City Karting Enterprise

1. Terry
2. Koinmove
3. Andy
4. Eugene
5. Joe
6. Ethan
7. Pumbaah
8. Xloader
9. Xloader mate (Lados)
10. Xloader mate

2 Rounds - Rm60.00 perperson (Please note the rounds is actually meaning session, which is a session of 10mins. 2 rounds meaning 2 sessions = 20mins, and not 2 laps of the track)

It was a really fun event; some of us are completely new to this Go Kart thingy, including me; Actually, I would say, it was fun mainly because of the group of people you go with, and they're really nice and fun~^ ^
Very memorable event and have those feeling like "wanna go again", hehe ^ ^

For my part, since I was a total newbie, never even sit on a real Go Kart before (except the arcade version in Genting Highlands arcade), the feeling was kinda, urm, "wierd". When the Kart engine is started, the Kart shakes so badly and especially the steering; it feels tight, but at the same time, extremely sensitive. Really not use to the sensitive steering, just a slight movement the Kart turns, and how the tyres and Kart behaves on uneven roads surface really makes me feel one kind. By the way, I was the last driver on the 1st round (among our members), so basically, I was left pretty behind... alone...

Off I go, slowly getting use to the feeling, and suddenly, the Kart in front of me just stop completely (a kid was driving, was a pro); He stop just after exiting the track, no idea why and luckily I was able to avoid him.
I slowly gain up speed while I was getting used to the Kart, the feeling, the handling, etc; but at the same time, a 2 Seater Kart is behind me giving me pressure, and it actually overtake me during the 1st Lap.
There was 1 adult and 1 kid on the 2 Seater Kart, not sure who is the actual driver, but I can see the adult keeps pointing left and right during corners.

When I finally get more used to the feeling and the Kart, I slowly gain up more speed and tries to catch up the front drivers; It was then the 2 Seater Kart let me pass by showing his hands.
I also notice Ethan sitting on motorbike due to his Kart having problems.
After I overtook the front driver (xloader's friend) and catching up to Eugene, just when I was going to overtake him on the next corner, suddenly, he enters the PIT; I got confused? I continued racing, but I don't see any of our members nearby; feeling awkward and thinking maybe they have stop because Ethan is having problem? So I enters the PIT area; but to my surprise nobody is there, and the guy actually turned off my engine before he asked me what is wrong...
After he explains to me what happens to the "others" who also got confused and enter the PIT area, he started my engine and OFF I go again... but this time, still, I can't see nobody on the track; It was kinda boring being alone...

The 1st round ended, and we're all talking about our exciting experiences from each others point of view; At this time, Pumbaah's wife also requested from Pumbaah to sit together in a 2 Seater Kart =p hehe; Didn't work, anyway, Pumbaah was also complaining that he got a slow Kart which at this time his wife mentioned it was actually due to the "weight" problems, hehe.
Anyway, the members were warned not to take Kart No. 18.

The 2nd round was more FUN and the real FUN and ACTION is; This time I was not the last ^ ^
koinmove was suppose to be in front of me, but he was "forced" to switch Kart with another lady because his seat was larger and the lady need a larger seat; so, he was pretty turned off and not happy.
At that time, I was very worry cause he was behind me and worry he will give me a lot of pressure during corners, LoL~

After we started, just after exiting to the Track, suddenly, a Green Shirt guy overtake me, he look back with his cute cheeky smile, "oh darn, it's xloader!!!"; woah, this pumps up my adrenaline and so I floor the gas pedal and chase him.

He's really really good at Go Kart, because of that and because I'm chasing him, I push myself further in order to keep up with him, entering corners faster and faster, and watching his corner lines and how he took corners; He's really good, from my view, he took corners very smoothly and stable, while I seems to be going in to fast and drift few times... It was fun following him and learning from him, altought I didn't manage to overtake him, at least I was able to keep up with him while we overtake few others till the rains started to pour....
It was then he started to slow down, altought I could overtake him then but I might risk losing control and spin my Kart, so I just keep close behind him; It was also the final lap.

We overtake Eugene before the S corners; I overtook Eugene right before the S corners, and I entered too fast, I slam the brakes and turns the steering but..... the wheels are lock!!! My Kart skidding straight even tough the wheels already turned... It was scary as I am sliding towards the tyres! Luckily, I manage to let off the brakes (not too panic) and and gas, regain my steering control and continue driving; Else, I might end up with tyres all over me, and Eugene will be calling for help... and probably need to pay RM50...
To understand more about wheel locking and what technology could "help" you in these situation, take a look at Bosch ABS video below:

Anyway, even tough I manage to save myself from hitting the tyres, after the S turn, I manage to catch up to xloader again together with another 2 drivers, driving pretty close to one another, and 4 of us was going to enter a tight turn with me being last; Unable to squeeze myself into them, I slam on the brakes and the next thing I know, I spun and I was facing the opposite driver, Eugene, who was behind me.
Luckily, again, no accidents as he was also pretty far away and not driving very fast; so we head off to the PIT and exit;
Driving in the rain with slick tyres is really scary! Hehe~

After that we went for a short TT, an actual TT with "Teh Tarik", as mentioned and highlighted by Eugene few times before, hehe. While we was leaving the place, me and Terry got confused and we drove into the Kart PIT area (actually, it was because the roads were block, but also actually, we went the wrong way). The staffs got panic and pointing at us (maybe they thought we wanted to enter the Track? hehe).

Anyway, I was the last one in the convoy and the view from the last is simply fantastic! With all different colours of 206, different RIMS, etc lead by a 406 D9; It's just soooo rare and beautiful~ If the FOG lights are turned on, it'll be even more fantastic and captures even much more attention. Even with our short convoy to Glenmarie for TT, we captures a lot of attention with colourful 206'ers convoy, with unique shiny Firedance Orange and Diablo Red. The parking was great too with ample space for us to line up our lions together, and it also captures a lot of attention from passer by (driving or walking); we even notice those walking actually "Stop and Stare"~ It's a rare sight! Simply beautiful~

Ooook, that's all about my "long long" story, hehe;
Check out Eugene's blog for his side of the stories.

And check out below for the videos and the pictures...

Choosing Helmets...

Inviting The Winner~
(Our Peugeot Vision Star)

Buckle Up Helmets...
(Eugene: tight tight...)

Ready To Move Out~
Eugene: cannot tigthen leh...
Xloader (Khairil): Tolong sikit, kasi "pasang"

And they're off... to save the world...

Choosing the Karts~

Getting Ready~

Eugene: Still cannot tigthen leh...
Andy: So heavy this Helmet...

Poor Eugene, Got Stuck In The Middle
Eugene: Move Away! Move Away! I can't turn! I can't show my "special super best premium lion cornering" skill on the video

After the 1st Round~
Congratulating & Praising The Winner, Professional Driver: xloader (Khairil)

The Winners Face~
xloader (Khairil) - see he soooo happy =)
Eugene, don't so angry; 2nd round OK?

Discussing about the 1st round~

The Happy Moments~ ^ ^

Pumbaah's Wife come and request for 2 Seater Cart With Her Husband For Next Round...
Pumbaah: I wanna race! I wanna race! I wanna race!

While waiting for 2nd Round... We spotted this...

And This....
Andy? Dreaming ka?

2nd Round Is Up~ Choosing The Karts Again~

The Kart Drivers~

F1 "Style" Driver~ Pumbaah

"Old Skool" Mario Kart Driver~ Eugene

While waiting....

Suddenly 2 Pro Kart Drivers Drift By~ All the Heads Turn~

The Group (The Winner Is Missing)

TT @ Glenmarie

TT @ Glenmarie

Terry's Cool Looking Tail Lights With "Eye Liner" Makeup~

TitanRev (Joe)'s "Unique" "STOCK" BB Lion

The "Cold Air Intake"~

This is one "bad *ss" lion; See what it's doing? The International Sign?

Hm... maybe this is the consequences of being one "bad *ss" lion, hehe =P


xloader said...

where got prof just lucky got faster kart la.aha :D

My206GTi said...

Haha, pretending ka? When you overtake me, laughing cheekily; Hahaha; Pumps up my adrenaline and make me wanna chase you more; But following a pro driver is good, can push myself further and also learn more from myself and you, hehehe =p
Just important not to push over limit and lost it, hehehe =p

Eugene said...

haha, actually the helmet too tight la.. i try to loosen it not try to tighten it hehe

TitanRev said...

Nice event guys....It's really fun. Too bad the rain spoil it at the go kart.

Ethan said...

Joe... Not really mah, at least we got to "drift" like crazy during the last 2 minutes of the race. So easy to drift (and then lost control), simply press the gas pedal and turn the steering wheel and there it goes...

You've gotta enjoy the "lost control" moments on the go-kart because I believe you don't want to have that in your 206 man...

wongck said...

guys, loved it....when is the next time, pls dun forget to invite this old puggy along


Eugene said...

ah. pumbaah how bout paintball games as terry suggested? lol