Annual 2011 Indonesia year end race was held on the weekend of November 12-13, 2011 at the sunter international speedway (sis) in central Jakarta, Indonesia. It was informed to us that it had been raining for the past two weeks in Jakarta, but it is always magical to get clear and sunny skies during the annual event. Weather was exceptional awesome from Friday throughout the weekend.
With over 90 entries registered from all over indonesia would see 3 classes to be competed in stock touring 11.5t boosted, front wheel drive 13.5t handout, and mini 2wd. Most popular class of stock touring 11.5t boosted took it to F-Main, while competition for the indonesia national champion was still ongoing. Track layout was newly designed by track manager suwardi suliandy with superd layout and surface, as well as an air conditioned pit and viewing room. However for the layout it is cater more to a nitro layout hence the very demanding and challenging high speed track for electric touring as well for the slower class of ff and mini. Track surface was very fine with low tire wear rate at medium traction, but dusty environment made the traction very low. Super stock touring 11.5t boosted was limited to 3 sets of open tires with 5-minute qualifying heats and grueling 3 8-minutes finals for all mains. With these rules and track conditions, tire treatment, ESC/motor boost settings as well as car settings was very challenging to remain competitive.
In the stock touring 11.5t boosted, Bowie ginting was dominating the first day of qualifying in his OrcaQ powered XRAY T3 taking top spot in all 4 heats with 5 second to spare over 2nd spot heri also in his OrcaQ powered XRAY T3. While just 5/10th sec separation was singapore's P.Y.Tang in 3rd spot with his Qrca powered XRAY T3. 4th went to suwardi suliandy's ORCA powered XRAY T3 and 5th to Dimas's Tamiya completing top 5 ending the sunny first day qualifying with excellent result from xray and orca. All Drivers would still have a chance to up their position in the last qualifying heats on Sunday morning.
In the last qualifying on sunday, it would be difficult for drivers to improve due to the morning dust but it might still be possible with a new set of tires. Out of surprise, the biggest jump was by Ronald snapping the 2nd qualifying spot dropping Heri, P.Y.Tang and Suwardi a spot down. Bowie remained TQ.
Top 10 Qualifying Standings (Super Stock Touring Boosted 11.5T)
- Bowie Ginting - Xray/OrcaQ - 19 laps - 5:09.211
- Ronald - Tamiya - 19 laps - 5:14.330
- Heri - Xray/OrcaQ - 19 laps - 5:14.733
- P.Y.Tang - Xray/Orca/OrcaQ/Acorn - 19 laps - 5:15.123
- Suwardi Suliandy - Xray/Orca/OrcaQ - 19 laps - 5:15.469
- Dhika - Xray/Orca/OrcaQ - 18 laps - 5:00.524
- Dimas - Tamiya - 18 laps - 5:01.429
- Teddy Syach - Tamiya - 18 laps - 5:02.709
- Ronnie - Tamiya/OrcaQ - 18 laps - 5:05.067
- Andy - Xray/OrcaQ - 18 laps - 5:05.797
With very close laptimes among the top 10s, the competition among drivers remained tension. Final A Run 1 started off with Bowie starting off clean, while P.Y.Tang powered off into 2nd from the start tone showing a strong acceleration in his Orca-powered Xray T3'2012. Bowie led the pack until the 5-minute mark retired due to tire failure. Allowing P.Y.Tang to take the lead, Heri came up strong in the 6-minute mark reeling in the leader. In the final closing minute, Heri capitalized P.Y.Tang mistake spinning out at the infield hairpin. With that, Heri took the win followed by P.Y.Tang in 2nd. Suwardi Suliandy was disqualified despite finishing a strong 3rd, due to missing controlled tire stickers.
Bowie had a good start again in Final A Run 2. P.Y.Tang took 3rd position at turn 1 and then took the lead at the infield with Bowie dropping to 3rd and Suwardi came up to 2nd. Bowie title contention came to an end when he failed to finish again sufferred from universal joint failure. P.Y.Tang who was running an older set tires unable to hold the pressure from Suwardi who ultimately overtook the lead and took the win. P.Y.Tang finished 3rd while great driving and pressure from Dhika in the final lap found himself in 2nd.
Going into Final A Run 3, P.Y.Tang had the best combined result if 2-3, but a win in the final run by either Heri or Suwardi would take them the championship. Bowie started off clean at the tone, and P.Y.Tang again propelled into 2nd at turn 1. Bowie in the lead was pressured by P.Y.Tang for about 4-minute mark, while Heri and Suwardi was fighting for 3rd. Contact between Suwardi and Heri, dropped Suwardi to 5th, while Heri pursuing for the leaders. P.Y.Tang maintained Bowie in sight hoping for the best, but Heri again was reeling in the 2nd leader. Heri closed in on P.Y.Tang on the last minute mark. P.Y.Tang defended his lines, but Heri made a great pass at the in-field S-section, but found himself back in 3rd at the last corner before the long straight. Bowie took the win 3 seconds over P.Y.Tang in 2nd and Heri just 0.2 second apart. With tied points, Heri was crowned champion for the 2011 Indonesia Year End Race winning by less than 1 second over P.Y.Tang in 2nd overall, and superb performance by Suwardi Suliandy taking 3rd overall, giving Xray-Orca the 1-2-3 podium!
Top 10 Final Standings (Super Stock Touring Boosted 11.5T)
- Heri - Xray/OrcaQ - 4pts
- P.Y.Tang - Xray/Orca/OrcaQ/Acorn - 4pts
- Suwardi Suliandy - Xray/Orca/OrcaQ - 6pts
- Dimas - Tamiya - 7 pts
- Dhika - Xray/Orca/OrcaQ - 8 pts
- Teddy Syach - Tamiya - 8 pts
- Bowie Ginting (TQ) - Xray/OrcaQ - 9 pts
- Andy - Xray/OrcaQ - 12 pts
- Ronnie - Tamiya/OrcaQ - 15 pts
- Ronald - Tamiya - 19 pts
Race report by P.Y.Tang