by Fred Leong 21.7.2009.



KOTA KINABALU: An Auto Workshop owner and renowned off-road competitor Chang Ket Kiun has been picked to compete in this year’s International Borneo Safari 4x4 Challenge under a foreign corporate sponsorship.


Chang Ket Kiun donning Bilstein colours this year.


The 43-year-old Kudat hardcore, popularly know among 4x4 enthusiasts as Kudat Kiun, yesterday was named by ThyssenKrupp Bilstein Tuning GmbH of Germany to don its colours in this year’s event.


Kudat Kiun, who has all along been an active and avid 4x4 hardcore competitor with his co-driver brother Chang Ket Vui, was picked by the German-based 4x4 shock absorbers manufacturer from several candidates from Sabah.


His sponsorship was announced by its Sabah-based sole distributor, Borneo 4WD and General Trading Sdn Bhd proprietor Lim Tai Yin or Borneo Lim at his outlet yesterday.


Borneo Lim, who on behalf of the German company said, Kudat Kiun’s entry in this year’s Borneo Safari will be called as Team Bilstein, where he will receive Bilstein sponsorship as one of the hardcore competitors.


The four-time Borneo Safari Champion (1999, 2001, 2002 and 2005), who specializes in four wheel drive modifications and fabrication among others will get six sets of branded and off-road shock absorbers including the corporate entrance fee.


TEAM BILSTEIN….Chang Ket Kiun (2nd from right) receiving his sponsorship from Borneo Lim (2nd from left) and Mrs. Lim yesterday, witnessed by Borneo Safari sponsorship manager Hiew Kim Kiyun.


Kudat Kiun, who is at present upgrading his souped up Isuzu, has also won the Rainforest Challenge in 2004, the Sarawak 4x4 Challenge in 2008, Labuan 4x4 Challenge this year and numerous other off-road events.


The decision to find a suitable candidate to don its colours came about last month when its Regional Sales manager for Asia, Africa and Oceania Martin Hyar made a visit to Borneo 4WD outlet, along Jalan Penampang.


ThyssenKrupp Bilstein has been one of the regular sponsors towards the Borneo Safari events and has requested KFWDC and Borneo Lim to make their recommendations, but the final choice of candidate came from his assessment.


The German company has also assured KFWDC that this year, they will again sponsor in kind that is 50 percent more than last year’s give aways for prizes.


The other foreign companies who have also confirmed dishing similar and bigger sponsorships as prizes to KFWDC worth totaling more than RM75,000 through Borneo Lim as their soles distributors are ARB or Kings Springs of Australia, Disc Brake Australia Pty Ltd, Fully Equipped Limited of New Zealand, Safari Automotive Technologies of Australia, Fulcrum Suspension of Australia, Perma Cool of USA, Queensland Friction Material and Lightforce Australia among the few.


Borneo Lim has also decided to be one of the generous sponsors with even bigger sponsorship this year as well.