The 4×4 fighting machines from Sabah and Sarawak have been loaded into containers and are on the way to Haikou port for the event. Upon arrival‚ they will be transferred on trailers bound for Sanya‚ the venue for this year’s 3rd edition of China International Rainforest Challenge (CIRFC). On board the containers are some of the best 4×4 teams in the region with current RFC 2010 champion team and past champion of CIRFC 2009 of Chai Mui Shin and Jong Ai Loong. Also in the Sarawak contingent is CIRFC 2nd Runner Up team of Jong Jack Koh and Liew Yun Song. Also bound for Sanya is the current CIRFC champion of Tan Eng Joo and Tan Choon Hong and RFC2010 1st Runner Up Team Land Rover Philippines of Hilario T.Mendiola and son‚ Hiryan V Mendiola. Expect the battle for 4×4 supremacy in Sanya – to be HOT.
“We look forward to our repeat clash with Team 108 LR Phils‚ we have an unfinished business from RFC 2010‚” smiled Chai Mui Shin. Yes‚ indeed they will carry their rivalry to Sanya this time. Likewise‚ Larry and Hiryan are also in top gear to give their very best. “We shall be ready‚” said Larry. However‚ the “joker card” is held by current CIRFC Champion. This team 117 is the one to beat this time not only by the Chai and Larry but also by other top contenders from Sarawak and Sabah. Tan Eng Joo also holds a 3–time RFC champion record and has lots of experience to back him up – that’s why he holds the “joker card.”
The others from Sabah or “Land Below The Wind” are the “dark horse” entry for this year because they are strong teams with experience too but untested yet in Sanya except for Kinaway sponsored teams of Loh Fui Min who came in 4th in CIRFC last year. “All the 1Malaysia from Sabah teams are ready to take on the action‚” said Daniel Liew‚ the RFC East Malaysia Rep. “They have come with a strong spirit to win but with an equally strong spirit for good sportsmanship‚” smiled Daniel. The Chinese entries will also see some “dark horses” especially from Guangdong province where most of the 4×4 extreme players are based. Last year the Chinese came in 7th and 10th placing‚ who knows this time? They might spring a surprise or two? Everyone of the competing teams coming are in tip top conditions‚ its less than a month to D–Day‚ its all systems go!