Super GT driver Cyndie Allerman became the first lady to win at the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) as the Craft Eurasia Racing driver swept aside her rivals at Sepang Circuit today in a newly introduced 60-minute endurance race at the series.
Partnering Hong Kong’s Samson Chan in a Ginetta G50Z GT3 machine, the duo completed 25 laps in 1 hour 1 minute 10 minutes 108 seconds around the 5.543-km circuit under scorching heat to top the GT Class at Round 2 of the series.
Craft Eurasia Racing Team also took second place through a Hong Kong and Japanese partnership of Frank Yu and Hideto Yasuoka, who also completed 25 laps but finishing 44 seconds behind the winners.
Pole sitter and two-time MSS champion Dilantha Malagamuwa of Sri Lanka could not start the race after his Lamborghini LP560 machine encountered engine problems in an earlier GT3 Asia race.
“Naturally, I am very happy as it was a very hard race and it was very hot out there. But, I am even happier as it was very good training for me in preparation for the GT race in Sepang in the next two weeks,” said the 26-year old Cyndie, who partners Akiro Suzuki in an Audi R8 in the Japanese series.
Sepang will host the AUTOBACS Super GT Malaysia and Round 3 of the Super GT Championship from June 8 to 10.
“I hope the win today will spur me to another victory at the Super GT. I am really looking forward to the race,” said Cyndie, who took ninth and 15thplacing in the GT300 class in the opening two rounds respectively.
Growing up in a family of racers, Cyndie is a full time professional driver with her family in Switzerland running a top go-kart team named Spirit Go-Kart Racing Team.
The GT Open Class was won by Eric Lo of Hong Kong; who completed 25 laps in his Ferrari F430 GT3 car. Malaysian Adrian d’Silva took second for the class in his Honda Integra with Shaun Thong coming third.
The Sports Production class was topped by former national jetskier Zen Low, who drove his Lotus for Team FX Primus Aylezo to complete 23 laps; finishing ahead of Singaporean Bruce Lee and Malaysian Tan Kok Ho, who took second and third respectively.
Fifteen year-old Daniel Rao, who was also competing in the Sports Production class in a Bufori BMS R1, did not finish the race.
Unlike previously where drivers competed in a sprint race, the contest was run as a one-hour endurance race; which required all drivers to make a compulsory stop of at least five minutes and usage of second drivers. Drivers are also not allowed to make refuelling during the race.
Round 3 for the MSS cars would be held from July 13 to 15.
MALAYSIAN SUPER SERIES CAR – ROUND 2
After 60 minutes – Sepang Circuit (5.543km)
Results – Top 3 Finishers
1.Samson Chan / Cyndie Alleman (Ginetta G50Z GT4) 25 laps
2. Frank Yu / Hideto Yasuoka (Ginetta G50Z GT3) 25 laps
3. no third place winner
GT Open Class
1.Eric Lo (Ferrari F430 GT3) 25 laps
2. Adrian d’Silva (Porsche 997) 25 laps
3. Shaun Thong (Ferrari 430) 24 laps
Sports Production Class
1.Zen Low (Lotus) 23 laps
2. Bruce Lee (Lotus) 22 laps
3. Tan Kok Ho (Lotus) 21 laps
words & pix: SIC