SPORTS  AND RECREATION IN TAWAU

DRAG  RACING 2006
at Tawau Old Airport    26 - 27 August 2006

... the 3rd Annual Drag Race in Tawau...

1st Prize ---Rm1000
2nd Prize ---Rm500
3rd Prize ---Rm300

Karnival Motor Bersukan Sempena Bulan Kemerdekaan
organized by Tawau Motorsport Club, Sabah


DAILY EXPRESS NEWS 28 August, 2006


A near tragedy at Tawau motor race


Tawau: The two-day Third Tawau Motor Club Sports (TMCS) carnival at the old airport here was nearly marred by tragedy Sunday when one of the racing cars taking part skidded and crashed into a Civil Defense Corp (JPA3) ambulance.

Fortunately the 32-year-old driver and four female personnel on duty in the ambulance escaped without critical injury in the 11am incident, which resulted in cancellation of the subsequent last three races.

The driver, Ung Heng Wha, sustained broken ribs following the impact of the incident while the four others - Sapardiana Garto, Norhayati Kassim, Aishah Anjung and Halija Ali - aged between 24 and 40 sustained minor injuries.

Ung was said to have lost control of the wheel as his Toyota was reaching the finishing line and crashed into the ambulance parked on the right grassy side of the track.

An organizing committee member, Mohd Iqbal Haji Khalid, believed Ung would have managed to regain control of the car if he had stepped on the brake, instead of continue to accelerate.

District Police Chief ACP Haji Idris Jikon ordered a halt to the remaining three other races but the closing ceremony for the other events proceeded because there were winners.

Rural Development Assistant Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan officiated the closing ceremony. District Police Traffic and Public Order Chief DSP Teh Cheng San said they are still investigating into the crash.

 

Drag race overview
A drag race is an acceleration contest from a standing start between two vehicles over a measured distance. The accepted standard for that distance is a quarter-mile (1,320 feet).

Ready, get set....
These contests are started by means of an electronic device commonly called a Christmas Tree because of its multicolored starting lights. On each side of the Tree are nine lights: four small amber lights at the top of the fixture -- two stage and two pre-stage -- followed in descending order by three larger amber bulbs, a green bulb, and a red bulb.

On your marks
Two light beams cross the starting-line area and connect to trackside photocells, which are wired to the Christmas Tree and electronic timers in the control tower. When the front tires of a vehicle break the first light beam, called the pre-stage beam, the pre-stage light on the Christmas Tree indicates that the racer is approximately seven inches from the starting line.

Go!!
When the racer rolls forward into the stage beam, the front tires are positioned exactly on the starting line and the stage bulb is lit on the Tree, which indicates that the vehicle is ready to race. When both vehicles are fully staged, the starter will activate the Tree, and each driver will focus on the three large amber lights on his or her side of the Tree.

Depending on the type of racing, all three large amber lights will flash simultaneously, followed four-tenths of a second later by the green light (called a Pro Tree), or the three bulbs will flash consecutively five-tenths of a second apart, followed five-tenths later by the green light (called a Sportsman, or full, Tree).

Two separate performances are monitored for each run: elapsed time and speed. Upon leaving the staging beams, each vehicle activates an elapsed-time clock, which is stopped when that vehicle reaches the finish line. The start-to-finish clocking is the vehicle's elapsed time (e.t.), which serves to measure performance. Speed is measured in a 60-foot "speed trap" that ends at the finish line. Each lane is timed independently.

The first vehicle across the finish line wins, unless, in applicable categories, it runs quicker than its dial-under or index. A racer also may be disqualified for leaving the starting line too soon, leaving the lane boundary (either by crossing the centerline, touching the guard wall or guardrail, or striking a track fixture such as the photocells), failing to stage, or failing a post-run inspection (in NHRA class racing, vehicles usually are weighted and their fuel checked after each run, and a complete engine teardown is done after an event victory).


Related subjects : Tawau Auto Show 2006


湖國慶零四極速測試嘉年華會昨由市會主席沙西杜主持開幕
2006-08-27 14:36:29

【华侨日报斗湖廿六日訊】由斗湖市議會主辦的第三屆二零零六年國慶零四極速測試嘉年華賽車會今在斗湖北路舊飛機場跑道舉行,共有九十六位來自州內各地的汽車好手參與。

盛會由市議會主席沙西杜主持開幕,他致詞時指出,在良好的管理下,賽車運動是一項非常具有發展潛能的運動,且可成為吸引遊客前來斗湖乃至沙巴觀光的因素,因此,他期望州政府關注賽車運動的發展,並會把該活動列入特定的活動表,以吸引遊客的到來。

他說:我們希望零四極速測試活動的舉辦能引起州政府的關注,以便日後這項活動不一定只在斗湖舉行,而是在州內其他地區亦主辦。它也不一定要定在國慶月期間舉辦,而是設定一個特定的節目或活動表。

沙西杜說,為了配合州政府積極發展旅遊業的方向,斗湖必須具備有吸引力的東西,以便吸引更多遊客前來斗湖觀光。例如欲前往仙本那海島旅遊的遊客,若他們知道斗湖正在舉辦極速測試賽,則可在前往海島之前或之後前來斗湖觀賞刺激的極速測試賽,這將有助斗湖旅遊發展乃至州政府發展旅遊業的方向。

他說:雖然這是小型的比賽,但卻扮演著非常重要的角色,並有助推動州政府發展旅遊業的努力。

沙西杜指出,零四極速測試賽是一項很好的活動,也是我國歡慶四十九週年國慶月慶典其中具吸引力的活動。

此外,他也表示,零四極速測試賽的主辦亦可成為年輕賽車愛好者的替代運動,有助杜絕非法賽車活動,因通過極速測試賽的主辦,它將成為年輕人與社會大眾的替代選擇之一。

他指出,在吉隆坡深夜有許多年輕人冒著非法及生命危險進行賽車活動,時常因意外引致悲劇的發生,惟在有系統性及良好管理下,舉辦類似極速測試賽活動,將讓年輕人有這樣的活動空間。

他說:吉隆坡有一級方程式賽車,儘管極速測試賽不能與第一方程式比擬,但我們可從一級方程式中學習主辦的模式,而且斗湖賽車俱樂部主席鍾美恩擁有這方面的經驗,他也曾在雪邦一級方程式賽中得過獎。

他指出,儘管賽車運動是一項高風險的運動,但在良好的管理下仍能成功及良好舉辦,今年已是斗湖第三次舉辦零四極速測試賽,令人幸慰的是並沒有任何負面的報告。

因此,他表示,斗湖市議會將繼續給予這項活動全力支持,使它成為每年的斗湖區國慶月慶典的活動之一,並吸引更多遊客前來斗湖。


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