Looking for new challenges, Pom began to compete in full circuit racing. "I've done great in the Super Club Thailand," he says as he continues rattling off his laundry list of accomplishments. He also won the Time Attack "Hankook Super KCC" competition. "In 2009, I raced in the Honda Racing Fest Pro Cup Class C, which was a bigger circuit," he explains. He had K&M Service build a highly tuned B16A engine complete with a port and polish. Pom installed as many Skunk2 Racing goods as he possibly could to be competitive in the challenging series. He opted for a Wof3D ECU to handle the logistics of such extreme race maps and calibrations. K&M Service also upgraded Pom's transmission with custom short gear ratios for third, fourth, and fifth gear, and a Mugen LSD. Throughout the years, Pom's had some incredible racing moments. "Racing revs up my adrenalin," he says. When asked of a specific memorable moment, Pom springs to life with energy and excitement. The event occurred in the 2009 race season in round four at the Honda Racing Fest. Driving very well that day, his hatch was performing superbly. Pom kept on the rear bumper of the racecar in front of him for nearly three grueling laps. He finally decided to pass and he did so with ease. However, there was a caveat. "I was in Class C and the car in front of me was in Class B. The other racer had a 2.0 liter engine and I had a 1.6. I forgot at the time. My friend told me it was very dangerous to pass him," he chuckles. He also recalls a certain time when he had his B20B powerplant in the EG. Pom took the Hatch out to test the top speed. He took the Civic all the way up to 9,000 RPM in fifth gear at 150 miles per hour. "That was an amazing feeling in my Hatch," he describes. During the downtime, Pom has other Hondas to drive and work on, as he is now a full-fledged Honda enthusiast. He drives an '07 Honda Fit with upgraded suspension components and a modified braking system. "I enjoy corner speed on the road more than straight speed," he explains. He also has a 2000 Honda Civic that he plans on building, and an '08 Honda Accord to spruce things up when needed. Looking back on fifteen years with his EG, he smiles as he's very certain about their future together, with no big changes in mind at this time. His only plans are to keep it garaged between winning championships. Despite having owned the same ride for fifteen years, his devotion remains steadfast. "I plan to keep my Hatch as long as possible," he says. That's a true companion. « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | » | View Full Article By Jonathan Thompson Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!