Fuel retailer Petron was once again the official fuel and engine oil sponsor of the Rainforest Challenge (RFC) Grand Finale in Malaysia, the 2018 edition of which concluded on December 4. The company provided fuel for over 150 4×4 vehicles, as 300 off-road enthusiasts from 30 countries braved Malaysia’s tropical rainforest starting from November 24.

The Malaysia leg was the finale event of the RFC Global Series (RFCGS), a worldwide off-road racing circuit with 45 events across 22 nations. This year, participants went from Kota Bharu to Gua Musang, via Tanah Merah and Kuala Krai. The Predator, Terminator and Twilight Zone stages featured steep downhill and uphill sections, narrow bridges, tropical swamps, mud pools and crossings of Sungai Bering.

Flagged off at Dataran Redha in Kota Bahru, the convoy was escorted by local police to the first overnight campsite at Tumpat Pantai Sri Tujuh. After refuelling at a Petron petrol station in Belimbing, Tanah Merah, participants entered the pitstops at Air Naga, Gua Harimau and Bering.

All race and support vehicles were required to carry enough fuel to last the whole event, due to the long off-road section far away from other towns and villages. The teams reached their sixth and final campsite in Pos Gob, a deep aborigines settlement in Kelantan, before proceeding to Kuala Betis, refuelling for the final time at another Petron station in Gua Musang.

“Petron is proud to be a partner of this super league of extreme 4×4 motor sports as its official fuel partner for the third year. This year, we introduced our engine oil Petron Rev-X Engine Oil to complement the Turbo Diesel Euro 5 in this legendary race for an even better performance and excellent engine cleaning action,” said Petron Malaysia head of retail business Choong Kum Choy.

Rainforest Challenge founder and RFC Global Series creator Luis J.A. Wee added, “RFC is, indeed, proud to have Petron as our fuel and engine oil partner especially as we face tough conditions during the monsoon season. This year, we faced the longest off-road sector under monsoon conditions but we were very confident that the fuel and engine oil from Petron [would] enable us to finish the race.”