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THE RISE OF THE ROOKIES

| 21/05/2015 | 0 Comments

RFC MALAYSIA 2015

May Day surprised at the local edition of RFC Global Series 2015 with the Rise of the Rookies, which dominated the entries of this year’s RFC Malaysia (1-4 May).

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Story: Luis J.A. Wee
Photos: Ruddiee Khaw 

The display of “new blood” in the stock standard pick-ups, wagons and SUV classes was both spectacular in terms of number of entries (3/4 of the 50 teams) and their “Get Up and Get Going Spirit” to continue with the Special Stages (SS) from the Prologue SS held at Nilai3 Street Mall (Malaysia’ s biggest wholesale market) to Jeram Toi and Alam Liar jungle stages at Jelebu district of Negeri Sembilan.

RFC_2Attracting the most attention was the young and upcoming Malaysian “Ladies of Steel” in the shape sweet 20-something Nur Aina Madia & Nurul Izzatie (in a upgraded Mitsubishi Triton). Even though they did not make it to Top 3 in their class (Rookies III), they dazzled everyone with their beauty, passion and determination to complete the SS from start to finish!

RFC_3The opening ceremony at N3SM on 2 May was filled with a wide array of 4×4 machines ranging from the stock standard Rookies right up to the Open Class (fully modified) vying for their place in this year’s Rainforest Challenge to be held at the end of November and early December in Negeri Sembilan.

RFC_4These 4×4 machines of all shapes, sizes and models numbering over 200 comprised of the RFC supporters convoy and the race teams from both the Extreme and Novice (Rookies) Classes.

RFC_5At the Prologue SS, everyone was put to the test of driving and recovery skills at different SS with varying levels of difficulty. The Rookies were divided into 3 classes with Rookies I, II all comprising stock standard vehicles, while Rookies III with the upgraded version of these factory-assembled units.

RFC_7The Open class (fully modified), those ready to take on the thrills and spills of the coming mother event RFC were not outdone by the Rookies as they shook, rattled, rolled and fought “tooth and nail” across 6 SS at the Prologue right into the night of 2 May and into another 5 SS at the jungle stages of Jelebu.

RFC_9The Bahau Extreme Club made an impressive entry with nicely crafted machines and accompanying human “software’. However, nothing is taken for granted at the Prologue as everyone gave their best performance to gain maximum points.

RFC_8At the end of the 3 days, on 4 May, the Rookies III category took pride in finishing 13 SS from Prologue to jungle stages while the Open Class qualifiers deservingly won their places for the mother event Grand Final Rainforest Challenge. Thumbs up for all participants and officials involved in the making of this Malaysian edition from RFC Global Series 2015. Catch the finale of the series this coming 27 November to 7 December!

FINAL RESULTS

Open Class (PTO winch)

  1. Team 118: Richard Ng Chee Wei / Halim Toyota BJ40 1,025 pts
  2. Team 128 : Li Pak Sau / Wong Lin Chang Toyota LC II 949 pts
  3. Team 115: Ahmad Pateri Daud / Wan Toyota LC II 717 pts

Open Class (Electric winch)

  1. Team:111: Mohd Rosdin Mohd Ra’e / Zarul Iqbal Zainudin Suzuki SJ410 699 pts
  2. Team 137: Nader Yap Fung Wu / Jacky Wong Toyota BJ40 447 pts

Rookies I (Stock Standard 4x4s)

  1. Team 203: Abdul Aziz bin Ahmad / Mohd Fauzie bin Yusof Suzuki Jimny 591 pts
  2. Team 205: Shaherry Abdul Aziz / Alvin Fu Kia Rocsta 455 pts
  3. Team 217: Ahmad Shaari @ Mehat / Mohammad Nasrullah Ishak Daihatsu Rocky 275 pts

Rookies II (Stock Standard 4x4s)

  1. Team 201: Muhammad Farid Adley / Mohd Firdaus Nawawi Perodua Kembara 618 pts
  2. Team 213: Mohd Firdaus Nawawi Perodua Kembara 601 pts
  3. Team 212: Azmi Mahyah / Syed Tahir Kia Sportage 558 pts

Rookies III (upgraded stock standard 4x4s)

  1. Team 204: Muhammad Solehan Abd Hamid / Abrizal Ahmad Toyota Hilux 1,113 pts
  2. Team 202: Mohd Noor Abdul Hamid / Zulkeffli bin Norazam Mitsubishi Pajero 1,086 pts
  3. Team 210: Nizar Othman / Mohd Yusri Kassim Land Rover 90 1,070 pts

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