Entertainment at South East Asia’s most challenging endurance race

Published on August 7th, 2010

Music and machine will once again come alive at the Sepang International Circuit as the Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race takes place this weekend.

Dubbed as South East Asia’s most challenging endurance race, the MMER 2010 will be featuring various exciting off-track activities such as concerts by local artistes, autoshow, exhibitions and the DiGi talent search.

The race weekend begins on Saturday evening, where SIC, together with online automotive magazine portal Pro Tuners will be hosting the Tuners Fest 2010 in conjunction with the endurance rare.

Among the events lined up for the weekend is the Autoshow, where 60 cars will be competing in several categories such as Standard Modified, Extreme Modified, Open Modified, VIP concept, Best Lighting and K-Car.

There will also be a concert featuring performances by top local artistes such as Mizz Nina and Caprice, as well as popular deejays G-Mix and Bryan Burger. The concert will start at 9pm on Saturday night and ends at 2am on Sunday morning.

There are also 50 exhibition booths operated by the Youth and Sports Ministry, selling various products ranging from food to handicraft items.

On Sunday, children between the ages of four and 12 will have the chance to take part in a colouring contest and dance competition, held at the SIC Welcome Centre. The activities will start at 9am and end at 12pm. Winners will be taking home prizes sponsored by A&W.

There will also be appearances by popular cartoon character Upin and Ipin, the A&W mascot and a magical clown show to entertain the children. DiGi will also be hosting the DiGi Live Tour, featuring singer Ana Raffali and the popular local band, Sixth Sense at the SIC Mall Area on Sunday.

The circuit will also play host to the finals of the DiGi Talent Search in the secondary-level and open category, featuring 20 finalists.The finalists comprises of secondary and tertiary students who have earned their place to present their talent in dancing, singing and beat boxing after six weeks of competition.

The grand prize winner for the secondary school level category will take home RM3,000 worth of prizes, a trophy and a certificate of participation. The school of the winning team will also be awarded with RM3,000 worth of prizes or sponsorship from DiGi.

Meanwhile, the grand prize winner for the tertiary level category will be taking home RM5,000 in cash Held 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.

Fans will be able to watch the likes of Frank Biela, Marco Werner, Peter Kox, Christopher Haase, Daryl O’Young, Matthew Marsh, Dominik Farnbacher and Alex Yoong battle on the circuit.

The list also includes top Super Taikyu drivers of Tatsuya Kataoka, Nobuteru Taniguchi, Masataka Managida and Fariqe Hairuman 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.

words & pix: SIC

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