Mok Weng Sun hoping luck on their side at the MMER

Published on August 6th, 2010

While teams can bring in the most powerful cars, the world’s best drivers and making the best preparations, it might not be enough for ’em to win races like the 12-hour Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race (MMER) tomorrow.

In stating this, 2008 overall winner Mok Weng Sun, who had his share of bad luck last year, hoped that luck would be on the side of his Porsche Club Singapore Racing (PCSR) team this time round.

“Luck and reliability are the two most important factors in endurance racing, and unfortunately for us, we didn’t really have either last year come race day,” said Mok, who had to be contended with third place last year; losing to the two cars from PETRONAS Syntium Racing.

“We effectively lost the race in the 44th minute when an anti-squat bearing journal broke. It took us about 35 minutes to repair the damage and we rejoined the race 15 laps down on the leaders.”

“Unfortunately for us, the Petronas BMWs were just too consistent and reliable! The best we could do was stage an epic comeback to finish 3rd – five laps down on the leaders,” said Mok, who would be partnering Craig Baird and Richard Lietz this year in a Porsche RSR in his bid to reclaim the overall title.

“I am especially proud this year to have attracted the caliber of a Porsche works driver to join the team,” Mok said in reference to Lietz, who races in the Le Mans Series in Europe. Baird, on the other hand, is veteran GT racing pro and multiple time Porsche Carrera Cup Australia champion.

They would be competing in the GT class which features GT2 and GT3 cars. The other two classes are the Sports Production class and the Touring Production class.

A two-time Malaysian Super Series (MSS) Supercar champion and a regular at Sepang Circuit, Mok said the team is targeting to win the overall title again; though he was quick to add that competition would be more competitive this year.

“The team’s target is definitely to win back the title we lost to the Petronas Syntium team last year! That said, we expect the competition to be even tougher than last year – the Petronas, Kencana and LKM are typically strong as will be the Audi R8 LMS car … plus several of my fellow competitors from the GT3 Asia series.

“Nevertheless, I still rate our chances highly though as we have a quick car, strong driver line-up and an experienced crew – but then again, anything can happen over a 12-hour race,: said Mok, whose team clocked the fastest time in yesterday’s afternoon practice session with a time of 2 minutes 6.239 seconds.

Asked on the ingredients to win the MMER, Mok said: “A reliable car that’s quick, 3 drivers that can drive a stint consistently quickly, an efficient and adaptive race crew, a race strategist with a view of the “Big Picture” and as I said before, Luck!

The night practice session, however, was topped by Kencana Racing Team, which had Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir, Sven Herberger and Dominik Farnbacher behind the steering wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3. They clocked 2 minutes 7.391 seconds.

The race would be flagged off tomorrow by Miss Malaysia Miss World Thanuja Anandthan at midnight tomorrow and ending 12 hours later at noon on Sunday.

Today, the drivers had their qualifying session to determine their grid positions for tomorrow’s race.

words & pix: SIC

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