Boy Wong to partner US professional drift driver in MMER2010

Published on July 26th, 2010

Top US Formula Drift professional driver Charles Ng will be making his debut in the upcoming Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race (MMER); partnering Malaysia’s most successful touring car driver Boy Wong in a Honda Integra DC5 to lead the challenge for top honours in the new Touring class.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Charles, who also a regular competitor in the Asia Touring Car Series (ATCS), is currently based in California, United States for his racing activities. He is competing in the full season of the Formula Drift USA Pro Championship this year.

Last year, he came in first in the Formula Drift Pro Am Championship at Irwindale Toyota Speedway. Charles was also the winner of D1 Underground as well as the Drift Life Team Tandem Battle Series at Adams Motorsports Park.

Aged 26, he was also the overall champion in the Skip Barber Mazdaspeed MX-5 Challenge Western Series, where he was crowned as Rookie of the Year. In the last ATCS races in Sepang, Charles took second and first for Rounds 5 and 6 respectively.

“I’ve always had a passion for cars since I was a child. I travel around the globe to compete in high level motorsports such as the Asian Touring Car Series, Skip Barber MX5 Cup Championship, Japan Fuji Champion Race Series, endurance races and time attack series. I also participate in drifting competitions in the US and Southeast Asia, and have won and placed on the podium.

“My natural ability and consistency in understanding a vehicle’s limits, as well as my strong determination to win under the most extreme circumstances are the basis of my success. Whether I am behind the wheel in road racing, time attack or drifting, my determination to be the best stays strong till the final lap.

“My energy and enthusiasm will bring positive energy to the race team I work with, thus my team will always be a strong representative for sponsors on the professional circuit,” Charles said at his website

When contacted for his comments on his participation in 2010 MMER, Charles said: “This will be my first time driving in this prestigious race and I am very excited to be part of G Harry Racing Team. I have experienced driving in other endurance races like the 25 Hours Thunderhill in the USA and a few others; but I know the MMER will be another great challenge.

“We have a strong team and we are definitely fighting for the class win. With the right race strategy and some luck, I believe that we stand a good chance on getting on the podium; and hopefully all the way to the top,” Charles added.

Meanwhile, his partner, Boy Wong, who have been  competing with Type R Racing Team had made an 11th hour switch to G Harry Racing for the  MMER this year after his team could not have their race car ready for the race. Boy had previously won various classes at the 12-hour endurance race series in 2009, 2007 and 2004 with Type R Racing.

“We could not secure some parts for the car so we had to disband plans to compete this year. Anyway, I am happy to be partnering Charles and Harry (Chai) for this year’s race in the Touring class,” said Boy, who declared that his new team would be even stronger that the one which won the Class A2 title last year.

“Charles is a world class driver and Harry is a very experienced driver, especially in the MMER. He had won Class C twice,” said Boy, who is a four-time Supersixteen champion in the MSS and also the winner for Supersaloon Championship in 2008.

Last year, Type R Racing, with Soh Kee Koon and Lai Wee Sing took full advantage from the braking problems encountered by Honda Malaysia Racing Team at the tail-end of the 12-hour race while competing in the A2 Class (production cars above 1900cc).

Though they were leading by two laps, Honda Malaysia Racing Team – Eddie Lew, Aaron Lim and Rueben Wong- had to pit in for repairs and relinquished their control of the race. They had eventually finished second behind Type R Racing Team.

“It was a very difficult race last year. This year is going to be equally difficult and we expect the Honda Malaysia Racing Team to be our closest rival again, along with Ultra Racing,” said Boy Wong, who was informed that the Honda Malaysia Racing Team will be featuring the same partnership of Eddie, Aaron and Rueben this year.

To be held at Sepang Circuit from August 5 to 8, the 11th edition of the MMER is set to be the most competitive ever; having attracted plenty of big names in motor racing including winners of the prestigious 24 Hours LeMans Race with the likes of Frank Biela, Marco Werner, Peter Kox, Christopher Haase, Daryl O’Young, Matthew Marsh, Dominik Farnbacher and Alex Yoong.

The list also includes top Super Taikyu drivers of Tatsuya Kataoka, Nobuteru Taniguchi and Masataka Managida from the PETRONAS Syntium Racing Team.

This year’s newly revamped MMER race structure introduces two additional competition classes -the GT Class and the Sports Production Class – which would feature Lotus F1 Racing test driver Fairuz Fauzy in an Aston Martin with brother Farriz and former German F3 driver Rizal Ashram Ramli.

text & pix: SIC


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