Round 1 of the Malaysia National Championship EP was held in Kota Raja Track in Klang, Malaysia. This track is considerably large with Round 1 layout to be high speed and flowy, with a few technical section, including the fast chicane in front of the driver's stand. This round was a one-sided affair where the new OrcaQ QXI 11.5T Brushless Motor was the talking point in the ProStock Class 11.5T. The new motor from Orca is one of the fastest 11.5T motor seen so far with at least 10% higher KV than most 11.5T brushless motor. Tires and inserts choice was another major concern among drivers where the old surface with medium traction and high wear rate proves to be very challenging. Tires and inserts choice is open to any brands but only 2 sets of tires are allowed for qualifying rounds, and an additional set can be used for the A-Main.
The qualifying rounds started out at around 10am with 3 classes to compete in ProStock 11.5T, Stock 17.5T and M-Chassis. The ProStock 11.5T was a highly competitive class. Norazam Z Abidin topped the class in all the rounds with the only 19 laps 5:19.113 securing pole position, followed by Azri Amri in 2nd with 18 laps 5:00.031. P.Y.Tang in his Xray T3 grabbed 3rd from the pole in Round 3 with 18 laps 5:03.430, just enough to push Jackie Siow to 4th from pole with 18 laps 5:04.488. The fastest lap of the qualifying rounds was posted by P.Y.Tang Xray T3 at 16.000sec with the combination of Orca Vritra TC Pro-Spec ESC, Orca Infinite 5500Mah 50C 7.4V LiPo and OrcaQ QX1 11.5T Brushless Motor.
Final Top 10 Qualifiers (ProStock 11.5T)
1st Norazam - Tamiya 416X, Orca - 19 laps 5:19.113
2nd Azri Amri - Kyosho TF6, Orca - 18 laps 5:00.031
3rd P.Y.Tang - Xray T3, Orca - 18 laps 5:03:430
4th Jackie Siow - Xray T3, Orca - 18 laps 5:04.488
5th Michael Lo - Schumacher MI4, Orca - 18 laps 5:14.160
6th Zuki - 18 laps 5:15.602
7th Ken Ng - Xray T3, H-Energy - 18 laps 5:17.806
8th James Ki - Xray T3, Orca - 17 laps 5:02.293
9th Jonest - Tamiya 416X - 17 laps 5:03.747
10th Shahrin - Tamiya 416X - 17 laps 5:05.772
In the Final A1, Norazam and Azri Amri got off to a good start. P.Y.Tang took the first corner wide allowing Jackie Siow to move in to the 3rd position. P.Y.Tang was suffering from poor traction, possibly due to incorrect application duration of tire addictive. The first round was a battle between Norazam, Azri Amri and Jackie Siow pulling away from the others, with Norazam winning Final A1, Azri Amri 2nd, Jackie Siow 3rd and P.Y.Tang 4th.
Going into the Final A2, P.Y.Tang decided to put on a new set of tires, which immediately he was breathing behind Norazam and Azri Amri at the start of the tone. Azri Amri managed to pass Norazam in the first few opening laps, and soon found P.Y.Tang attacking Norazam in the in-field. Halfway through, while Azri Amri was maintaining the lead, there was a small contact between Norazam and Azri Amri, allowing P.Y.Tang to move into 2nd position. With the advantage of fresh rubber P.Y.Tang was presurring Norazam for the last 3 minutes but could not find an opening with Norazam closing up every single driving line that he could. Norazam would finished Final A2 at the top taking 1st overall.
With the remaining two podium spots still up for grabs, it would be an exciting Final A3 between Azri Amri, P.Y.Tang and Jackie Siow. At the start of the tone, Norazam and Azri Amri maintained the first two position, but at the first corner P.Y.Tang found himself down in the pack after a small contact from the back by Jackie Siow, causing P.Y.Tang bodyshell to stuck in the tires. P.Y.Tang tried to regain his position but the leaders were too far ahead denying him a podium spot at his first MNC trip.
Final Top Standings (ProStock 11.5T)
1st Norazam - Tamiya 416X, Orca
2nd Azri Amri - Kyosho TF6, Orca
3rd Jackie Siow - Xray T3, Orca
4th P.Y.Tang - Xray T3, Orca
5th Michael Lo - Schumacher MI4, Orca
6th Ken Ng - Xray T3, H-Energy
8th Shahrin - Tamiya 416X
9th James Ki - Xray T3, Orca
10th Jonest - Tamiya 416X
P.Y.Tang Xray T3 was equipped with the powerful 160Amps Orca Vritra TC Pro-Spec ESC , Orca Infinite 5500Mah 50C 7.4V LiPo and the new OrcaQ QX1 11.5T Brushless Motor.