The Battle of the Clubs (BOTC) is an annual campaign by Goodyear for Malaysian car clubs to connect through friendly competition, with the ultimate aim of promoting a safe driving culture among Malaysians.

There are 6 events in the ‘battle’ which started in June and each participating club is required to compete in all 6 challenges that will test the team’s problem-solving skills, teamwork and communication, physical endurance, and driving skills, to claim the title ‘Best Car Club of 2018’.

Recently, the fourth challenge was run, this being a Time Attack. Normally, such an event will see participants driving their own cars but for the BOTC, there was a little twist which showcased how tyres can give you the ability stay in control even when pushing the car hard through twists and turns.

The event took place at the Putrajaya Recreational Airfield located in Precinct 6 of the Federal Territory. For this year’s event, 15 car clubs participated, sending their best drivers to race against the clock. To provide a level playing field, two of the latest Honda Civics were used by all the drivers. These two cars were fitted with Goodyear’s Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 tyres which have Grip Booster and Active Braking Technology for high-end performance in handling and braking.

After an entire day of slaloms, doughnuts and 3-point turns, three clubs – namely the 86/BRZ Club, VWClubMalaysia and SQUAD – clocked the fastest around the course. The 86/BRZ club divers captured the top spot with an average time of 1 minute 17 seconds while finishing a close second was VWClubMalaysia with an average time of 1 minute 20.3 seconds. SQUAD was placed third with an average time of 1 minute and 20.4 seconds.

“The Battle of the Clubs acts as a platform for the car clubs in Malaysia to gather, interact and compete in a healthy manner, all for the love of driving. The activities are carefully organized with three things in mind – to firstly remind drivers the importance of being safe on the road, to create an avenue for car clubs to experience Goodyear tyres themselves and most importantly, to give car clubs a platform for them to socialize and together, promote a safer driving community,” said Ben Hoge, MD of Goodyear Malaysia.

[Chips Yap]

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