SPORTS AND RECREATION IN TAWAU
DRAG RACING 2006
at Tawau Old Airport 26 - 27 August 2006
... the 3rd Annual Drag Race in Tawau...
DAILY EXPRESS NEWS 28 August, 2006
A near tragedy at Tawau motor race
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.
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).
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