Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Race Drivers - Kenny Hwang and Stephen Kok

What makes a successful racing team is the special character blend and  camaraderie together with professionalism within the management and their drivers.
At Kookaburra Racing, we have team management and drivers Kenny Hwang (Zoggee) and Stephen Kok (Stevo) helping spearhead its efforts in racing together with the help and leadership of Jeffrey Ewe, team manager and occasional racer.

Here we would like to document the profiles of our race drivers.

Kenny Hwang @ Zoggee

Kenny is a businessman based in Puchong, specializing in logistics supporting the logistic needs all over Malaysia.

Kenny has raced in Malaysia's Sepang 1000km (S1k) 2010 under the Nexuscraft Kookaburra Racing banner with a Toyota Levin AE101 completing the long tough race, both qualify and finish in good position.

In the MME 2008, Kenny raced in a Group C car, Toyota Levin AE101.

He also actively races in club level events like RCA Speed Challenges and races; and MAM RallyX competitions under the Drift car category and many various Proton R3 street shootout events.

In the Sepang 1000km Race 2009, Kenny was the team crew for HPC Motorsports and Kegani Ultra Racing in their Class 1 and Class 2 race cars respectively.

A very keen car enthusiast and he is an active member of BMWclub Malaysia.

Being an instructor of HPC since 2006, his vast track driving experience in Sepang comes as no surprise.

Also a keen karter, Kenny has participated actively in the My-Kart Club racing series, endurance races and many other club level karting in Malaysia making podium finishes in numerous races.

In 2009, Kenny was crowned My-Kart Ironman after winning a hard fought and long race.

Stephen Kok @ Stevo

Professionally, Stephen is in corporate management with a multi-national company based in Kuala Lumpur.

Stephen has raced in Malaysia's Sepang 1000km (S1k) 2010 under the Nexuscraft Kookaburra Racing banner with a Toyota Levin AE101 completing the long tough race in a very good position.

In the Sepang 1000km Race 2009, Stephen participated as team crew for HPC Motorsports and Kegani Ultra Racing in their Class 1 and Class 2 race cars respectively.

In the MME 2010, Stephen was the Assistant Team Manager for a Class A Toyota Altezza. And in MME 2009, Stephen was a team pit crew for Wing Hin Motorsports-Kegani Autotech supporting their Class A Toyota Altezza.

Being an instructor of HPC since 2006, he has many track driving experiences in SIC and has instructed drivers who now have becomes fast racers.

He karted since he was 14 and now actively races in My-Kart Club racing series, endurance races and other various kart races in Malaysia making podium finishes in numerous races.

Stephen was also the former President of the ItaliaAuto Club and now continues to serve as an adviser and system administrator to the club committee.

When Stephen was in his early 20s, he has raced in many SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) Autocross and race events in the USA and is an avid racer with experiences also in race track driving and drag racing there.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Speed Challenge Sepang 26 Sept 2010

Team Nexuscraft Kookaburra Racing hit the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) for track day with Kenny Hwang (Zoggee), Stephen Kok (Stevo) and Jeffrey Ewe (Jeff) behind the wheel to perform some testing. On the same day, it was Ignition.my-RCA Speed Challenge event which Kenny Hwang took on the race efforts.

Kenny drove the Kookaburra Toyota Levin AE101 during the Speed Challenge in the Open class and picked up 2nd place. A great effort by Kenny under damp and rain conditions. Congratulations to Kenny!

Special thanks to the mechanical and support team of ToyzMech and Leslie Ewe on on-board video camera support.

Full results can be obtain here : http://ignition.my/2010/09/26/brief-summary-speed-challenge-sepang-2692010/

Pictures coming soon!

Two videos of the event, filmed and produced by Leslie Ewe :

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sepang 1000km Race 2010

Team Nexuscraft Kookaburra Racing consisting of Team Manager Jeffrey Ewe, Assistant Team Manager Fabian Yee together with drivers Kenny Hwang (Zoggee), Stephen Kok (Stevo) and Julian Ng has completed the Sepang 1000km Race 2010 at the Sepang International Circuit from 3rd to 5th of June 2010 and have manage to qualify 20th in class with an average time of 2:44.588 (Zoggee at 2:43.366, Stevo at 2:43.752 and Julian at 2:46.646). After dramatic electrical and mechanical failures, spending a total of an hour and a half idle in the pits, the team managed to finish the race officially classified as 21st in class out of 34 cars (34th overall out of 56 cars).

It could have been a Top 10 finish if not for the issues but nonetheless, as they say, this is racing and a well fought race with lots of experience gathered.

Watch Kookaburra Racing as we prepare for 2011 heading towards the podium spot.

A big thank you to the management team, crew, supporters, family, friends and most of all, our Sponsors, Nexuscraft - Piasini Malaysia, Ultra Racing, Torco, PC Depot, Grid, Kegani Autotech, Kegani Motorsports, ZeroRH+ and Malaya Optical.

Detail race report and pictures to come next.

In the mean time, check out the tribute video below.

See the team's official race report.

Check out the article and pics by Spyder-Net.

Official results in Sepang Website.

Also see Zerotohundred.com video of the Sepang 1000km Race 2010

Also see Eddiewls's Write-up and Photos

More videos:

Monday, May 24, 2010

Nexuscraft Kookaburra Racing Hits the Media

Various magazines in town this month has been showcasing Team Nexuscraft Kookaburra Racing for the upcoming Sepang 1000km Race in 3rd - 5th of June 2010. Check out the latest at your nearest newsstands.

Hypertune Magazine 2010 Vol 103.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Interview with Spyder-Net

Special thanks to Spyder-Net for the interview done with our team, Nexuscraft Kookaburra Racing, in preparation for the Sepang 1000km Race in June 3rd - 5th, 2010. With the help of Tony of Cosmic Elite Enterprise (Torco and Q8), the interview was conducted at Cosmic Elite HQ in Sri Damansara.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Pre-S1k Team Photoshoot and Media Interviews

Team Kookaburra Racing did a photoshoot and media interviews on the 11 April 2010. A total of 6 photographers were on site to snap pictures of the team and the cars of Kookaburra Racing and Kegani Autotech.

Team Kookaburra Racing had their own photographers as well. These professional photographers are Eddie Wong and Fabian Yee. Special thanks to them for the help.

See a preview of the great work by Eddie Wong below during the photoshoot.
(all images are copyright of Eddie Wong and Kookaburra Racing)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Car Test on SG Trackies Track Day

On a beautiful morning on 20th February 2010, Team Kookaburra Racing headed to SIC to further test the track car and training. The private track day was organized by SG Trackies and those from Team Kookaburra Racing attended was Kenny Hwang and Stephen Kok, with assistance from Jason Loo (Kart Racer), Andriy Boo (crew) and reputable Toyota engine tuner and experience racer, Kenny Lee from Kegani Autotech.

Lap timing and driver training was the main agenda of the day. The team also tested the communication devices for driver and pit wall.

Below are some pictures from the morning outing.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

RCA Track Day 16 January 2010

Kookaburra Racing headed to the RCA Track Day on 16th January 2010 at the Sepang Intentional Circuit (SIC) to practise and also do some component testing.

Kenny Hwang and Stephen Kok did many laps throughout the day and made good progress with help from Andriy Boo and Ken Yong.

Some pictures below from the track action.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

myKart Mega Mad Endurance Race 2009

On the gloomy day of 19th December 2009, Team Kookaburra Racing joined venture with Kegani Motorsports and Ultra Racing for the myKart Mega Mad Endurance Race 2009 at City Karting Shah Alam. The team aptly named, 'Team Kegani Kookaburra Ultra Racing' consisted of racers Jeffrey Ewe, Stephen Kok, Kenny Lee, Jason Lu, Tung Wei Hsiao and Julian together with pit and team management by Kegani Motorsports, Simon Chang and Redd CH.

The race consists of 8 hours endurance race with 6 drivers, rain or shine. The start of the race was "Le Mans" style which was very new to the racing scene in Malaysia. The karts were balloted and comes with new Comer 80cc 2-stroke engines, new racing slicks, new brake pads, new chain and CRG chassis.

Most part of the race was filled with heavy year end downpour. Due to the luck of the draw, the team's kart had a few kart problems which was enough to put it to last place. The team worked hard to catch up back the ranks and only managed 12th out of 14 teams which participated.

Below are some of the pictures from the event.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Top Gear Malaysia Nov 09

Kookaburra Racing Team efforts to the Sepang 1000km Race 2010 is featured in the Top Gear Malaysia, November 2009 issue, together with sponsor, Elson Tong of Ultra Racing, and racing partner, Kenny Lee @ Kegani Autotech.

Got get the issue now!

See the article here.

Monday, October 5, 2009

HPC Track Day on 4th Oct 2009

Team Kookaburra Racing was present at the HPC Track Day on the 4th of October 2009 held in the Sepang International Circuit, South Track. Jeffrey Ewe, Kenny Hwang and Stephen Kok supported HPC as track driving instructors.

The team also brought the Toyota Levin AE101 track car to be showcased. Also, the Levin did many runs on track giving taxi rides to interested folks and also to test out the new Ultra Racing chassis strengthening bars added to the car.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Levin AE101 Party

On the 3rd of September 2009, Team Kookaburra Racing had a small party at the Kookaburra Racing HQ in Puchong to celebrate the team's race car with family and friends, as well as in conjunction with the Chinese Hungry Ghost festival.

The race car, Toyota Levin AE101, was on display for guests of the party to see. Sumptuous food was provided by Kenny Hwang, which included his famous Asam Laksa.

More features on the race car at : KookaburraRaceCars.blogspot.com

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Stephen Supports MME 2009

As Team Kookaburra Racing did not participate in this Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race, Stephen Kok supported as pit crew for Kegani Autotech's driver Kenny Lee who was the main driver for the team, Wing Hin Motorsports, which joined venture with Kegani Autotech, TRD and Trial. The MME was held on the 8th of August 2009 at the Sepang International Circuit.

Wing Hin Motorsports fielded a race prepped Toyota Altezza for Class A2. However, the car DNF in the final 2 hours of the race.

Here are some pictures from the event (pictures belong to the respective photographers and owners).

The team pit - Wing Hin Motorsports

Stephen help prep the special prep race car Altezza before the start of the race

The whole team - principle, management, drivers, mechanics, pit crew, supporters etc

Stephen Kok aka Stevo poking fun together with team race queens (L-R): Peggy Yong, Natalie Fong and Sarah Yap

Race driver, Kenny Lee, flanked by the race queens (L-R): Peggy, Natalie and Sarah.

Stephen with the other crew and driver, Kenny Lee on the grid before the start of the race.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Kookaburra Racing Race Cars

Today marks the launch of an additional Kookaburra Racing blog known as Kookaburra Racing Race Cars. This site will feature the latest updates and information on all the team's cars and their progress and updates. Information on race seat rentals, car rentals and team management will be the highlight of the site as well.

Do check out : http://www.KookaburraRaceCars.blogspot.com

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Kenny Wins Ironman Race 2009

My-kart organizes the very first Ironman 2009 race at the City Karting Shah Alam kart circuit on the 21st of June 2009. The race was separated by 2 categories - K1 (125cc) and K2 (100cc) which comprises of the race format of 10 mins qualifying, 30 mins Ironman feature race and 10 laps sprint race.

Team Kookaburra Racing's Kenny Hwang and Stephen Kok participated in the K2 category which comprises of 15 racers. After the kart ballotting and kart setup, qualifying sessions began shortly. Kenny qualified a spectacular 5th position on the grid while Stephen struggled with his kart which lacked grip and braking to qualify poorly at 13th.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Sepang 1000km Race 2009 (S1k)

This year, after much deliberation, 2 members of Team Kookaburra Racing decided against racing in the very first Sepang 1000km Race held at Sepang International Circuit due to certain prior commitments. Instead, the team decided to participate as pit crew members to support our racing associates and friends at HPC and Kegani Autotech. Kenny Hwang was a race car refueller and Stephen Kok supported as tyre change specialist. Also, brought in a new kid on the block, Ah Ping to help in tyre change. It was a fantastic experience for both Kenny and Stephen and both are ready to race in next year's 1000km Race.

Team HPC Kegani fielded 3 cars in the S1k on 4-6 June 2009. A Celica in Class 1; A Levin AE111 and SEG AE101 in Class 2. The SEG suffered some problems early in the race and had to be benched after 1 hour. The Levin was leading the race most of the time and even ahead of Class 1 cars. And yet had to break down at the last hour of the race. Though unfortunate, the Celica managed to finish 6th in class and 10th overall.

The full race results can be obtained here.

Some pictures below.

Kenny and Stephen with the race drivers, Ramsey,
Brian and Jin on the HPC Celica

All 3 cars lined up in front of Pit 22

The Kegani Levin and SEG

Kenny and Stephen having a light moment with
Super GT race queens, Nana Shibata and Sana Yuuki

Sunday, March 22, 2009

MCA Segambut Endurance Race 22 Mar 09

Team Kookaburra Racing fielded a 2 man team for the MCA Segambut Youth Division Endurance Race 2009 "Race Towards Unity" held in City Karting Shah Alam track. An event organized by the MCA Segambut Youth Division which also attracted many sponsors.

VIPs supporting the event includes MCA's Ling Hee Keat, Daniel Ling and Chew Lian Keng. Alex Yong, former Malaysian F1/A1 driver was present to help officiate the race together with Mohd Afiq (2008 AMM Go Kart Champion).

A total of 27 teams participated in the race which consists of a practise/qualifying round of 20 minutes and the endurance race of 70 minutes with 3 mandatory pit stops.

Kenny Hwang and Stephen Kok lead the charge for Kookaburra Racing in this go kart endurance race. The team qualified 3rd overall in the qualifying round. In the race proper, Kookaburra Racing managed to come up to 1st placing at one stage of the race but ended the race in a hard earned 2nd place.

This is indeed a great result for Kookaburra Racing and more to come in the near future of racing!

Some photos from the event here:

Kenny preparing to start the race

Kenny lines up a quick overtaking move

Stephen overtakes quickily from the outside

2nd Place : Stephen and Kenny with their prize

2nd-1st-3rd winners : Kookaburra Racing, Vertical Speed and Aliens Racing