Sarawak’s own fast and furious set
Despite being an annual event for 10 years or so, motor sports racing here in Sarawak still needs further development including the expansion and availability of racing tracks as well as funding to organise more races and activities to attract the younger generation.
Organised by the United Peoples Party (UPP) Batu Kawa branch this year, its chairman Liu Thian Leong hoped that the government could allocate some land to build such racing tracks.
“Sarawak has a lot of land with high potential to be developed as racing tracks, it is just for the government to push their way and make it a dream come true for us,” he said, adding that the racing tracks would help encourage racers’ passion in the sport and promote the state as a sports tourism or racing destination.
UPP Batu Kawa branch was also looking forward to organise more activities that would help attract the youths in motor sports racing, he added.
He was speaking to the reporters when met at the Sarawak Drag Challenge organised by the branch at Demak Laut Industrial Park recently.
It is important for us to always take the interests of youths seriously because they represent our future, including in motor sports racing.
“Such events like this Sarawak Drag Challenge are the types of event that can make the youngsters interested, especially those who are energetic, innovative and creative,” he said, adding that it provided a good avenue for young people to spend their energy and show off their talent in the thrilling sport.
This year, the Sarawak Drag Challenge saw a total of 102 cars competing in the event of 12 categories that range from the lowest class (Category L) to the highest (Category A). All categories were classified accordingly with the cars cubic cylinders (CC).
The event officiated attracted about 8, 000 members of the public to witness the spectacular views of the race with interesting modifications of international and domestic cars of various models.
Officials from the Sarawak Automotive Racing Sports Association monitored the race.