G1-Meritus aim for podium after strong qualifying in Merdeka Endurance Race The qualifying session for the 12 hour Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race (MME) took place on Friday 29 August, ahead of the annual race on Saturday 30th August. With...
G1-Meritus aim for podium after strong qualifying in Merdeka Endurance Race
The qualifying session for the 12 hour Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race (MME) took place on Friday 29 August, ahead of the annual race on Saturday 30th August. With over 100 entries, the qualifying was not only for grid position; only 77 cars will be allowed to start, and those that do not make it will race on Sunday in a reduced 3 hour event.
Fastest was BSA Racing Team with their Radical, followed by the Porsche also from BSA with the BMW M3-GT of Amprex Motorsports in third. The 2 BSA cars were driven by factory drivers of the respective manufacturers, while the BMW was piloted by Hong Kong duo Charles Kwan and Matthew Marsh.
Asian Champions G1-Meritus Racing took sixth and ninth places with their 2 Porsche GT3 Cup cars, an excellent result among the other Porsches considering the limited testing the drivers have had. Team 2 (car 17) was sixth with 2mins 26.390secs, set by Malaysian Chinese racer Eric Yeo, while MME veteran Adam Azman was ninth fastest with 2mins 29.246secs in Team 1 (car 18).
The other drivers in car 17 are Firhat Mokhzani and TJ Chin, and in car 18 are JP Chin and Aminuddin Omar.
"It was a very good session. We proved that we are competitive among the Porsches, which means we will have a very good chance in the race," said Yeo. The GT3 Cup car is a popular choice in endurance racing, and was victorious in last year's MME.
"The car felt good, but there were some vibrations, I think from the clutch, so the engineers are going to open up the car and check it out before tonight's practice," said Azman. The teams have a special testing slot from 8pm to 8.30pm to help them prepare for night time racing. The actual race runs from 10am to 10pm, putting the drivers under the hottest period of the day.
An unknown quantity however are the Radicals, who were fastest on the day. "They're definitely quick, and they have factory drivers, but they've never run in the MME, so reliability might be an issue," said TJ Chin.
Team G1-Meritus will be racing to win for UTAR on Saturday. The team is using the MME event to raise funds for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), an extremely worthy cause for the future prosperity of Malaysia. To make a donation to UTAR, cheques should be made out to "Huaren Education Foundation (UTAR)" and sent to Maxiclass Sdn Bhd, 3/f Bangunan AHP, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 3, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, 60000 KL, Malaysia. Tel: +603 77128688 or visit www.MeritusRacing.com