Unique surface change in the East
final round of the 2018 Championship makes its first visit to
the East after more than a decade and it returns with sting
in the tail. Lembah Bidong in Kuala Terengganu is the venue
of the rally. Lembah Bidong is famously known for Equestrian
endurance trails has some of the best horse riding trails in
the region and has been the venue of the many international
events; most recent is the 2017 SEA games where the Sultan of
Terengganu won Gold in the individual endurance category. In
December it will be the host venue to the latest edition of
the Malaysian Rally Championship. The State of Terengganu has
been the co-sponsor for the 2018 Championship in conjunction
the state¡¯s tourism program titled Beautiful Terengganu. With
such a keen eye in promoting tourism to the state, the event
has the full support from the local authorities.
The event will be centered around Terengganu
International Endurance Park (TIEP). The ceremonial start and
finish, service park and rally HQ will be station here with
the rally stages close by. The event will be good for spectators
and competitors alike as everything is in a closed loop.
A total of 10 stages with a distance of competitive
driving totaling 107km and a short 38km of liaison stage totaling
145km are spread over 2 days. The stages are a mix of very technical
and flowing stage reminisced of WRC stages. However the highlight
of the rally is 2 km tarmac and clay surface stage. The unique
feature of the rally is the compact beach sand based surfaces
on the stage that¡¯s a mere meters from the beach line. It¡¯s
a gamble on tire choice and ultimately the skill of the driver
and co-driver to blast through the stage as fast as possible.
The final round in Kuala Terengganu has all
the promise and ingredients of an interesting and challenging
event. Be sure not to miss all the action.