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Japan GT Racing, 4th round @ Sepang Circuit [24th June 2007]

June 26th, 2007 No comments

Was at Sepang Circuit last Sunday for the Japan GT Racing leg #4. Entrance ticket costs RM150 for free-seating grandstand area, and we opted not to go for the pit walkabout which costs another RM100, and thus missing the chance to get up close (and personal) with the GT Girls Frown. What an opportunity missed! We're there from 12noon till 4:30pm, and it was a really hot day – I am still recovering from sunburn as of this writing! Anyway just want to share some photos (some cars and some Japanese gals):

http://travelgaia.com/gallery/GT/

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Alonso Is Just Too Good This Weekend, Or Is It The Car? [F1 Sepang, 6-8th Apr 2007]

April 10th, 2007 No comments
Alonso’s 2 Thumbs Up – Catch me if you can
Denso’s Lucy-Liu Look-alike

My buddy Hiu got 2 Mall Area tickets at Ruby section for RM150 each on Saturday and off we went to F1 Sepang just before 2:30pm. The qualifying was already going on since 2pm and we managed to catch the actions of the 2nd half of the hour. We were happy to see Massa grabbed the pole position, trailed by Alonso, Raikkonen and Hamilton, and thought Ferrari will have a great Sunday. How wrong can we be!

F1 Sepang 2007 Photos (included some Miss F1 photos took place on 5th Apr at Berjaya Times Square):
http://travelgaia.com/gallery/F1_LR/


McLaren-Mercedes is just too good in Sunday, where Alonso and Hamilton scored the 1-2 podium finish in F1 Sepang. Kimi has to settle for 3rd place finish while Felipe a humble fifth. I am Ferrari supporter but a salute to Alonso and Hamilton to run a perfect race.

Both Saturday and Sunday were mostly very hot and humid and almost unbearable. Sunday is super pack in the Mall Area & grandstands. I went down to the Jade section with an additional ticket (spared by my boss) for some close ups of the race cars (and Alex Wurz) before the race starts, and attempted more panning shots. F1 Sepang has almost become the holy event for me as I come annually to revere (except a couple of years where I can’t get cheap tickets Embarassed). The sights and sounds of the whole event are unforgetable, and top that with all the pretty (and not so pretty) chics from don’t-know-where. And a nice sun tan is something to brag about in the workplace the next day Cool.

Food/Beverage Price: [everything is so expesive!]
– hot dog: RM15

– hot dog set: RM25 [with mineral water]

– can beer: RM16
– can Coke: RM5

Tips:
– belongings will be checked upon entering the Grandstand area for outside food/beverage which will be confiscated, so keep the
water bottle/food inside the shirt or pants’ pockets, or put it into children’s belongings. The guards are not checking the kids!

– Noticed that the Canon 70-200mm F4L was not sharp at F4 when I was back home reviewing photos. It became very sharp from F5.6 onwards. I learned this the hard way — quite a number of chic shots/race cars shots were taken at F4 and they are just not sharp!

– Go early to avoid the traffic jam, preferably arriving before 11am. We’re stucked in the traffic jam for at least 40mins while arriving near the toll ~12 noon.

– use ear plug unless if you have heard enough the sounds of this world.

<–Alexander Wurz!

Sneak Out From Work For Sepang Formula1 Testing Day4 [30th Mar 2007]

March 30th, 2007 No comments

The Sepang F1 Official Testing was originally scheduled from 27-29th Mar, but is extended for another day on 30th Mar due to rain on 29th. I didn’t have plan to go as it is a working day (Friday) and there are loads of things need to get done in workplace. Hiu called me up in 10am and let me listen to the roars of the F1 cars – he was already there taking some shots. The temptation is too big and I don’t want to miss the chance to take some F1 photos, as this year there might not be any cheap Mall Area tickets for the main event [6-8th Apr]. And the testing is free entrance to the Mall Area!

After lunch I zoomed back home to pick up my gears, went to Puchong to fetch a friend and off we go the the Sepang F1 track. Reaching ~2:45pm, it starts to rain a little, and only William BMW is running. The rain soon ceased and more cars coming out on the tracks. Renault seems in bad condition as one of their cars needs to be craned back to the pit, and Ferrari finally sent one car out of their garage after 4pm for a few laps, but it went thru the pit lane each and every time and bypassing the Mall Area straights, damn!

More photos of the event: http://travelgaia.com/gallery/Lightroom/

Related F1 Links:
Official F1 Website: http://www.formula1.com/
Sepang International Circuit Website:
http://malaysiangp.com.my/

Le Tour de Langkawi: Stage 10 – Kuala Lumpur Criterium [11th Feb 2007]

February 13th, 2007 No comments

Another photo outing with Hiu, this time the Stage 10 of the Le Tour de Langkawi (official site http://ltdl.com.my). This last stage of the LTDL, dubbed “Kuala Lumpur Criterium”, is more like a winner’s parade than anything else, as this is a flat 80km route circling the Kay-El Downtown.

Hot Pursuit Wrong Way! The Leading 3

More photos here: 2007-tour-de-langkawi-stage-10