Heading into the last quarter of 2017, Malaysia Speed Festival (MSF) enters its fifth round this Sunday, October 15 at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC). Racing in the MSF classes has been close, and several battles royale have been taking place, notably in the Street class.

In the Street 1600 category, Kenny Lee (#232) of Kegani Racing holds a comfortable lead, and merely has to finish the next two MSF rounds to be crowned champion for 2017. However, second place is hotly contested, with Hazlami/Muslim (#101) of Wakos Garage and Hazrin Khaidi (#111) of UiTM-JMS Tuner separated by only 30 points.

For the Super Street series, this season has seen a close quarters battle between Alif Hamdan (#172) of Penrite-AHM Racing Team and Raja Imran (#135) of FTuned Racing Team. A catastrophic engine failure in his Satria Evo Turbo in the July round meant Alif had to drop out, allowing Raja Imran to close the points gap with his Mercedes Benz AMG A45.

The Saga Cup Ron Jeremy (Expert) is almost a done deal, with Jay Choong (#168) of SMRT 220 points ahead of Alif Hamdan (#72) of JNA Racing Team. Two more podium finishes this year will see Jay grab his first ever Saga Cup Championship but other contendors for the title include Boy Wong (#21) and Tommy Lee (#552), reigniting their rivalry from the early Saga races in Batu Tiga, 25 years ago.

There is a three-way fight for top honours in the Saga Cup Rocco (Novice) class, between Tan Chaw Wei (#522) of Seng Motorsports, Syed Rizal (#169) of SMRT, and Ahmad Faizry (#10) of Loco Racing. Tan gained some notoriety in Round 2 when he t-boned Alif’s car, who was racing one category above him, but the rookie has learned quickly, grabbing the championship lead with wins in rounds three and four of the MSF.

A newcomer heads the Race Cars Open category, with Akid Azlee (#500) of Sitty-DNT Racing Team currently in the points lead, but Keifli Othman (#45) of Mayhem-Fast Autoworks Maxxoil is nipping at his heels. Keifli must win this round if he is going to wrestle the lead from Akid, but Akid has been maturing as a racing driver and will seek to maintain his position.

Qualifying for the fifth round of the MSF starts at 1.00 p.m. at SIC, and the race flag drops from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Tickets are available at the entry gate, and are priced at RM20 per spectator before 11.00 a.m. and RM35 after. Get there early to witness the best in Malaysian motorsports.