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Sunday, 08 August 2010 14:38

Sunday , 8 August 2010



Malaysia’s top racing driver Tunku Hammam Tunku Sulong won his second Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race (MMER) title as his Arrows Racing Team upstaged the hot favourite Audi works team at Sepang Circuit today.

Partnering former European GT3 champion Christopher Haase and top Dutch driver Peter Kox in a Lamborghini LP560, the team drove an almost perfect race. The team started second on the grid and took over the race leadership from pole sitter Porsche Club Singapore Racing after three hours into the race.

The team had received their trophies from SIC CEO Razlan Razali.

The Audi Race Experience Joest – featuring multiple LeMans winners Frank Biela and Marco Werner and World Touring Car Championship driver Daryl O’Young - had to be contend themselves with second place; but vows to return stronger next year to complete their mission for the top spot on the podium.

“This one is definitely a much harder than the first one. I am very happy to win it again,” said Tunku Hammam, who won his first MMER overall title in 2002, partnering Tommy Lee and Briton Nigel Albon for Naza-Jaseri Racing Team. 

Covering 315 laps, the team finished just a lap more than their rivals from Audi. The team’s performance broke the MMER 2008’s record of 308 laps around the 5.543-km track by Porsche Club Singapore Racing (PCSR) which had then featured O’Young, Mok Weng Sun and Nicolas Davison.


For Mok, it was a heartbreaking experience after his Porsche RSR – clearly the fastest machine throughout the weekend – encountered mechanical problems. The team, which also features Porsche Carrera Cup Australia champion Craig Baird and top Austrian driver Richard Lietz were forced to retire after 110 laps.

The Porsche Club Singapore Racing started from pole position and was breaking away from their rivals before their RSR encountered mechanical problems after 119 laps. Kencana Racing Team, which was also having a good race in third place, was also forced out by a similar problem with their Porsche machine.  

Tunku Hammam said: “It would definitely be much harder if Mok was still in the race. They definitely had the faster car. But, this race is not about out and out speed. It’s an endurance race. 

“I am not too sure that I would be coming with the same team again next year. But, I will definitely come back. Hopefully, with these two guys again and hopefully, we will get a better car or we can use the same car to race next year,” he said.

Commenting on the use of the Pirelli tyres, Kox said: “We found a good set up for the tyres and it worked out really well for us. We didn’t have any problems with them.”

This was echoed by Haase, who said that the tyres were very stable and that they were able to take a few fast laps without any problem.

The race yesterday was flagged off by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek at midnight. He was joined at the ceremony by Miss Malaysia World Thanuja Ananthan and top singer Faradina Mohd Nadzir, a.k.a Dina, who performed the National Anthem before the race began. 

The Sports Production class was won by Team Tracy Sports, featuring Masatama Kawaguchi, Masayuki Ueda and Adam Han.

The team received their trophy from Motorsports Association of Malaysia chairman Datuk Azman Yahya.

Commenting on his win, Adam said that he was ecstatic, saying that it definitely made up for the frustration that he had suffered in the last two races.

“I definitely would come back again next year to defend our title,” he said.

The Touring Production class was topped by the Honda Malaysia Racing Team trio of Eddie Lew, Aaron Lim and Rueben Wong, followed by HKS Garage R Racing in second place.

The final step on the podium was filled by the Brothers In Racing Team, which featured Second Finance Minister’s Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop off-springs, Mohamad Nazir, Mohamad Ridzuan and Khairul Anwar.

The Honda Malaysia Racing Team received their trophies from Motorsports Association of Malaysia chairman Datuk Azman Yahya.

In a race filled with drama and suspense, the MMER jinx for Empire Motorsports continued for a third year after their Lotus 2-11 burst into flames during refueling; bringing their challenge to an abrupt end after just 56 laps.

The team had faced a similar situation last year, when electrical problems ignited their engine. In 2008, a broken wheel nut in the final hour brought their challenge to an end.

The defending champion - PETRONAS Syntium Team, which had Tatsuya Katoaka, Fariqe Hairuman and Melvin Moh failed to finish the race with 80 minutes to go. The team was initially in fourth place but was forced to retire after their BMW Z4M Coupe encountered mechanical failure.

Although they were the fastest in the qualifying round among the Sports Production entries, Fairuz Fauzy and his MOFAZ Racing Team was the first to retire from the 11th edition of the MMER after only 30 laps when the engine of their Aston Martin blew.


Tunku Hammam Sulong/Peter Kox/Christopher Haase (Arrows Racing) 315 laps


Tunku Hammam Sulong/Peter Kox/Christopher Haase (Arrows Racing) 315 laps



(Tracy Sports)



Eddie Liew/Aaron Lim/Reuben Wong (Honda Malaysia Racing Team)  laps


1. Tunku Hammam Sulong/Peter Kox/Christopher Haase (Lamborghini LP560)                315 laps

2. Frank Biela/Darryl O'Young/Marco Werner (Audi R8 LMS)                     314 laps
3. Nobuteru Taniguchi/ Masataka Yanagida/Imran Zaharias Shaharom (BMW Z4M) 308 laps

4. Dilantha Malagamuwa/Kota Sasaki/Jeffrey Lee (Lamborghini LP560)              302 laps
5. Frank Yu/Alain Li/ Michael Bentwood (Aston Martin)             301 laps
6.Tony Quinn/Klark Quinn/Paul Weel (Porsche 997 Cup S)          295 laps
7. Mark Cini/Mark Eddy/M.J. Twigg (Porsche 997 Cup S)            294 laps
8. Eddie Liew/Aaron Lim/Reuben Wong (Honda Civic Type R)   281 laps
9. Lai Wee Sing/ Moh Yze Yang/ Kelvin Phon (Intergra DC5)       274 laps
10. Masatama Kawaguchi/ Masayuki Ueda/ Adam Han (Honda S2000) 273 laps
11. TJ Chin/ JP Chin/ Jeffrey Wong (Porsche GT3)          271 laps
12. Patrick Ng/ K.H Koo/ Marcus Chye (Lotus) 265 laps
13. Mohamed Nazir / Mohamed Ridzuan / Khairul Anwar Nor Mohamed (Integra DC5) 265 laps
14. Adrian D’Silva/ Melvinder Singh/ Fahrizal Hassan (Integra DC5)      263 laps
15. Michael Chua/ Joseph Chua/ Tseu Chan Kee (Lotus Exige)    262 laps
16. Keita Sawa/Siu Yuk Lung/Mak Hing Tak (Porsche 911 Cup S)            257 laps
17. Zaidi Baharin/ Shahril Azuar Mustapha/ Muhammed Amir Mohd (Integra DC5) 247 laps

18. Harry Chai/ Wong Yew Choong/ Charles Ng (Integra DC5) (Integra DC5) 213 laps
19. Ahmed Nabil Zakaria Rahman/Hakim Faz Rosli (Lotus Exige) 209 laps
20. Andrew MacPherson/Mike Reedy/ David Wall (Mosler) 196 laps

21. Hsiao Tung Wei/ Teo Jon Tatt / Chan Mun Leong (Toyota Altezza) 196 laps

22. Chris Barry/ Bill Murdoch/ Sam Choy (Lotus Exige) 178 laps
23. Wan Weng Yan/ LS Chia/ TH Soo  (Toyota Altezza) 166 laps
24. Jacky Yeung/ Bentley Yeung/ Michael Lai (Honda Civic FD2) 166 laps

25. Abu Bakar/ Gerald Tan/ Ian Geekie (Honda Integra DC5) 165 laps 



DNF Tatsuya Kataoka/Mohd Farique Hairuman/Melvin Moh (BMW Z4M Coupe) 275 laps

DNF Alex Yoong/Matthew Marsh/Marchy Lee (Lamborghini LP560) 198 laps
DNF Keifli Othman/ Patrick Tam/ Firhat Mokhzani (Honda Civic FD2) 165 laps
DNF Kenny Lee/ Chua Kuan Chiew/ Chris O’ Shannessy (Toyota Altezza) 140 
DNF Mokhzani Mahathir/Sven Herberger/Dominik Farnbacher (Porsche 911)129 laps
DNF Mok Weng Sun/Craig G. Baird/Richard Lietz (Porsche RSR) 119 laps
DNF Perajun Krishnan/ Damien Dielenberg/ Mohd Zaki (Integra DC5) 80 laps
DNF Halim Muazzam Ayob/ Sharjihan/ M. Zaid (Integra DC5) 79 laps

DNF Ashraff Dewal/ Zender Low/Dennis Lian (Lotus 211) 56 laps

DNF Fairuz Fauzy/ Farriz Fauzy/ Rizal Ashram Ramli (Aston Martin) 30 laps





DQ William Chong/ Juichi Umemoto/ K. Okumura (Toyota Altezza) (105 laps)


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