MMER 2011: D-Day

Published on September 18th, 2011

Weather was good and the day started off with the hustles and bustles of the crews while the medias buzzing around the race machines, drivers, what’s not and the track beauties… not as much boobies as most of us would like to see, but just enough to keep the blood pumping through the vessels a ‘lil bit faster.

The Classic Race saw a number of rare cars such as the Ford Capri, 911SC, Silvia Phoenix, Mustang GT350 and more. Naputt Assakul’s BMW E30 M3 led the Class B, followed by Sihabutr Xoomsai in an Alfa GTV and Joe Lau in a Capri.

The class C was led by William Kelvin Davies driving a Silvia Phoenix followed by Nasharuddin Abd Aziz and Lai Buan Choung both driving a CRX while Class O was led by Gerry Kipling in a Mustang GT350 followed by Daniel Bilski in a TVR 5000S and Paul Winkelmann in a TVR 5000M.

The main race of MMER2011 started off at 12.00pm as both Petronas Syntium Team’s SLS AMG darted off the rest of the pack, followed closely Clearwater Racing’ 458 and the R8’s trio. At turn two Clearwater Racing managed to overtake Petronas Syntium Team car 15. It was a neck to neck battle among the Belgian Audi Club R8s, Petronas Syntium Team and Clearwater Racing’s 458.

At lap 311, Belgian Audi Club car 1 pitted in giving way to Petronas Syntium Team car 15 to take the lead. Petronas Syntium Team car 28 had to catch up 6 laps to ensure a 1-2 win for the team.


Back to the GT Class, the leading car, Petronas Syntium Team car 28 encountered a problem two hours to finish and forced them to pit and fell back to fourth place, giving way to Belgian Audi Club car 1 to take the lead followed by Clearwater Racing and Petronas Syntium Team car 15. With only 4 minutes left and 6 laps behind, GT class was concluded with Petronas Syntium Team car 15 (321laps) in the lead, followed by Belgian Audi Club no 1 (321laps) and Petronas Syntium team no 28 (315laps) in third. Best time was done by Petronas Syntium Team car 28 at 2:07.403.

As for Sports Production, Nexus Racing’s Aston Martin Vantage proved to be a force to be reckoned with as it led the class throughout the race. The first six-hour was a neck to neck battle with Tracy Sports before the Lotus 2-11 driven by Patrick Ng/Khoo Kay Hong/Marcus Chye caught up and overtake Tracy Sports to gain the first runner up. The Sport Production was concluded with Nexus Racing car 27 (277laps) on top followed by Lotus 2-11 car 99 (256laps) and Tracy Sports car 41 (217laps).

In the Touring Production class, JC Racing was the first casualty in the race when they were involved in an accident and had to retire. The class was dominated by ST Powered car 22 (274laps), followed by Type R Racing no 21 (273laps) and Wing Hin Motorsports no 38 (264laps).

As for the 12-hour party, I’d say it was a bad decision to have the party so close to the pit. It should have been located at the grandstand instead of the selected venue… just imagine if the expected crowd of 2000pax for the party flooded their way to enter, it would have been disastrous. Overall, the race was not as intense as last year’s especially with the absence of the defending champion Tengku Hammam of Arrows Racing and a number of MMER regulars but it was still a race worth to spend 12-freaking hours basking in the scorching sun and burning the midnight candles.

words: Hage’ pix: Damion Chee  & Geg  vid: Jeo

Comments

  1. Posted by oreedo on September 19th, 2011, 09:50

    Wow!!! Thanks so much Traffic crew for this coverage… what a ‘mini’ Le Mans it was….

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