Muar Challenge - 17 Sep 2011

posted Sep 26, 2011, 12:42 AM by Robert Fernandez   [ updated Apr 25, 2012, 1:44 AM ]
1-2 Finish for Team Fernandez Racing
The father and son team of Robert and Kane Fernandez came out tops in the six boat invitational. Two boats each from Team Andrew, Malaya's Dragon and Fernandez were inviited to put up a race at the Muar river estuary in Tg. Emas, Muar in conjuction with Hari Malaysia 2011 Water Festival.
One of the boats from Team Andrew failed to arrive because of mechanical problem leaving 5 boats to battle it out. Andrew Goh (Team Andrew) drove Boat # 89, Anuar Saidon Boat # 68 & Zulfaqa Rameli Boat #88 (Malaya's Dragon Team) while Kane and Robert Fernandez (Team Fernandez Racing) Boat #25 and Boat #16 respectively.
The race format was a quick practice run followed by a twelve lap dash around a 3 pin 800m circuit. Kane and Robert pulled an early lead with Anuar and Andrew following closely behind. Zulfaqa's boat failed to make the start leaving 4 boats to battle it out.
After pulling an early lead the father and son team settled in and completed the rest of the 11 laps side by side throughout. They finished in position Kane 1st and Robert 2nd in commanding fashion. Anuar came in 3rd and Andrew 4th.
When asked about Anuar's inability to challenge the front team, he said he was struggling with 'gremlins' (problems) in his new 325HP powerplant but he's quite sure he'll come back stronger in Putrajaya on the 2nd Oct. Andrew said the lack of fitness did him in as he could not last the furious pace of the 12 laps that the front guys were setting ... 
For points awarded, check out Race Results.