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Ah Sam Retains Title

Ah Sam Retains Title
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee
September 25
10:50 2017

It was a proud moment for 73-year-old Lawrence Ah Sam after he defended his title in the third series of the Pacific Energy Car Drag Race at Nanuku Airstrip in Pacific Harbour, Deuba, yesterday.

Ah Sam competed in the 10 seconds category where he clocked a personal best of 10.300s followed by Roy Singh (11.499s) and Lakshay Kellappan (12.395s).

Ah Sam, who has been participating for over 40 years, was still optimistic of setting a new record.

“I’m very passionate about cars especially in trying to build it as I’m more of a one man army and I do everything myself which involves testing and tuning as well,” he said.

“It feels great to achieve my personal best of 10.300s and I’m hopeful of improving my time as years go by.

“I believe drivers go through a lot of challenges as they invest a lot of capital into their cars and also they need to get car parts as well.

“I’m hopeful of beating the national record which is currently held by Ravin Nath.”


More Drivers Join Race

A record number of participants took part in the third series of the Pacific Energy Car Drag Race at the Nanuku Airstrip in Pacific Harbour, Deuba yesterday.

Fiji Car Club vice-president Sandeep Prakash said there were 55 participants making the event a great success.

“This is an increase compared to our last race,” he said.

“Over 500 spectators came to watch the car race which was very pleasing to see. It was also pleasing to see how people are willing to compete in a controlled environment and I feel most drivers here will be moved towards preventing car accidents from occurring on our roads.

“We’re also looking forward to having more female participation in the race as of in this round we had five women participants. I would like to encourage more women drivers to participate and not to feel left out of the fact that it’s a male dominant sport. There were 17 different categories contested in this race and the level of competition has gone up to another level.”

Prakash said the Fiji Car Club would be hosting the fourth car drags race next month.

“We would like to thank our major sponsors Pacific Energy and spectators for coming out in numbers to make this third series a success.”

Edited by  Leone Cabenatabua



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