Three-times Malaysian Super Series (MSS) champion Mok Weng Sun, who was involved in a dramatic five-car collision at last year’s F1 support race in Sepang, has no intentions of easing off his accelerator’s panel and will instead push his new McLaren MP4-12C GT3 car to maximum limit this weekend.
Declaring that the dark episode had long been forgotten, the GT3 Asia defending champion said that the incident that saw him colliding with Sri Lankan Dilantha Malagamuwa on the start of Race 2 of opening round of the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) of the F1 race at Sepang International Circuit (SIC), was already totally out of his mind.
“Sincerely, I have totally forgotten about it. It does not bother me one-bit (emotionally). Neither do I think about it until you remind me of it. Accidents and crashes are an integral part of motorsports. The key is not to get hurt.
“And, I have been very fortunate to have walked away unharmed from all the incidents thus far in my racing career,” said Mok, who also won the GT3 Asia overall title in 2011.
Recalling the incident, Mok said that Dilantha and him were fighting for the lead as they blasted off from the front row when their cars – a Lamborghini and a Ferrari – collided down the front straight as they were trying to exert our positions.
“That put us and several other cars out of the race … it’s just one of those things that all of us wish never happened. But, we have put it all behind us now and look forward to an incident-free season,” said Mok, adding that his participation in this weekend’s race was more for preparation for the GT3 Asia series.
Due to a busy work schedule, Mok, who competes in the GT class, said that he would not be able to do a full season of the MSS, which runs in five rounds.
Like the past two years, the MSS car competitions, which also comprises the Sports Production, Touring Production and Malaysian Tour Car categories, have been incorporated as support races for the 2013 Formula 1TM PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix.
Mok said: “For this year, I have only planned to do nine races events. I will be seeking to defend my GT Asia title again – this series have six rounds. In addition to the MSS round this weekend, I will do two endures on the calendar – the Bathurst 12 hours last month in Australia and the Malaysia Merdeka Endurance in August.
“For the GT Asia series this year, I have switched to a brand new McLaren MP4-12C GT3 race car. So, the team will be using this MSS round as a ‘warm up’ for the car in advance of the GT Asia Series, which begins in May in Japan,” said Mok.
Finishing second overall at Bathurst, Mok said that he was looking forward to a good season this year and aim to do well in all events including this weekend race and the 12-hour MMER, which he would be gunning for a second overall crown.
“It was a very competitive international field in Bathurst. So, I would say that my competitive mind should be in the right place; but the body will need to do a bit of catching up to get race fit for the season,” said Mok, who races for Clearwater Racing Team.
“It’s basically the same as before with an international cast comprising Malaysians, Singaporeans, Italian, Australian and now British mechanics and engineers. I am extremely proud of this team, as we have created a fully professional race team from Malaysia that can compete against the world’s best team.
“This year we are proud to have with us two new sponsors in form of Royal Dragon Vodka and MOTUL. These two brands join a line-up of partners who have supported us over the years including Yokohama, DMS Automative, VRD Motorsports and Espace Service,” he added.
Mok said the performance of the team had been exceptional last year.
“I am extremely delighted to have successfully defended my individual and team’s overall GT Asia Championship titles. We first won these titles in 2011 and made it two in a row in 2012. We are going for a three-peat in 2013.
“My only real disappointment in racing-wise last year was our exit from the MMER after securing pole position. We were leading the race for nine hours … its fantastic race and a tough battle between the PETRONAS MERCEDES SLS and us.
“To suffer the steering rack failure that put us out of the race was a real gut wrenches,” said Mok, who also congratulated SIC for including the MSS in the F1 programme.
“I said this last year and my views have not changed. It is an excellent opportunity for local racers to race in such an international environment. It’s our Home Grand Prix – a big thanks to SIC for allowing us the opportunity to be a part of it,” added Mok.
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