It was an awesome Italian motoring weekend whereby the supremo Ferrari Challenge Asia took place as one of the support races for the 12 gruelling hours of the Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race.
Twenty seven 458 Challenge cars took on the beating on the Sepang track with unexpected rain and heavy humidity giving them the task on tackling laps upon laps with multiple dry patches on the tarmac with their intermediate tyres.
In Race 1, in Trofeo Pirelli gave Thailand’s Pasin Lathouras crossing the line, ahead of Alain Li from Hong Kong and Ringo Chong from Singapore. In Race 2, Lathouras his second victory again ahead of Philippe Prette from Hong Kong and Ringo Chong from Singapore in a more exciting wet race, with challenging partial dry track conditions.
Hideki Onda from Japan wins ahead of Gregory Teo from Singapore and David Tjiptobiantoro from Indonesia in the Race 1 of the Coppa Shell. In the second race, Canada’s Eric Heung drove a convincing win with David Tjiptobinatoro from Indonesia in a close second position while GregoryTeo from Sinhapore took the third position that day.
These Italians prove their worth again as the podium worthy endurance racers when three teams took on the challenge further in the 12 hour race. They were AF Course Team with Pasin Lathouras, Michele Rugolo and the former Formula One driver Mika Salo. The second 458 GT3 was piloted by NAZA Nexus Racing Team’s Adrian D’Silva, Earl Bamber and Alif Hamdan.
Clearwater Racing competes once again with full intention to take the podium ahead of the other two, with the combination of Mok Weng Sun, Hiroshi Hamaguchi and Craig Baird. They finished first overall with a total of 323 laps completed. Team AF Corse and the NAZA Nexus Racing Team finished in third and fourth places respectively making it a successful outing for the the Ferrari 458 GT3s.