The Malaysian Super Series (MSS) will stage Round 2 of competition for cars at Sepang Circuit this weekend in an expanded programme that will gather the best of Malaysian and international drivers from as far as Europe, Taiwan and Australia including aspiring Formula 1 pilots, seasoned racers and gentlemen drivers who compete for the love of racing.
In a packed three-day programme from May 25 that included the single- seater JK Racing Asia Series; the battle of the supercars in the GT Asia Series and the 2000c mean machines in the Touring Car Series in Asia; a nostalgic yet challenging new Classic Car Asia Challenge and a brand new and much-awaited Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia Series, fans can catch the excitement for free from the comfort of the Main Grandstand at no charge.
In what has been hailed a spectacular weekend that no racing fans would want to miss, Sepang International Circuit (SIC) – the promoter and organizer of the series – will be introducing a new format for its GT and Sports Production Championship as well as the Touring Production and Malaysian Touring Challenge (MTC).
“Unlike previously, the two MSS races – the GT and Sports Production Championship; and the Touring Production/MTC will be run as mini-endurance endurance races in a 60-minute contest,” said Dato’ Razlan Razali, who is SIC Chief Executive Officer.
“And, yes, we are opening the Main Grandstand for free. We are doing this in our effort to further promote motor racing, increase the interest for the sports and to develop motorsports culture amongst Malaysians … I will like to call all fans to come down to the circuit this weekend and enjoy yourself,” said Razlan, adding that those wanting to enter the paddock, however, would be charged a minimal entry fee of RM50 only.
For the MSS GT and Sports Production Championship and the Touring Production/MTC, the race this weekend would be their second of a five round championship; having run their opening round during the support race to the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix event in April.
In the opening round which saw a sensational four-car pile-up at the start of Race 2, the GT Championship is currently lead by Frank Yu from Team Clearwater Racing of Hong Kong while the Touring Production Challenge has a joint leadership in Perajun Krishnan and Kenny Lee.
“The opening round was run as a sprint race. For Round 2, it will be an endurance race; which we are trying out for the first time. This is in line with our requirement for the Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race and the S1K (Sepang 1000-kilometer Race) that only cars used at the MSS can be used for these two big races.
“I strongly believe that this will be more interesting for the drivers and the teams. Both MMER and S1K are hugely popular with them; and I am pretty confident that we will be having more entries in Round 2 as part of their preparations for both the MMER and the S1K,” Razlan said.
While the MMER, which runs for 12 hours, would be held from August 28 to 31, the S1K, which would be its fourth edition this year, would be competed in early November in a contest of 1,000 kilometers around the 5.543-km Formula 1 track.
Razlan said: “The new Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia Series has attracted plenty of talks and interest among the fans. It should be very exciting to see and to hear the roar of the Lamborghinis especially having a Malaysian driver among the competitors.
“I, too, am looking forward to that event,” he said in reference to the one-make racing series that would feature 18 famed Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 models and a Malaysian team – Lamborghini Kuala Lumpur JH Italia, which would have former F3 driver, Rizal Ashram Ramli.
Created from the successful European series, the championship would start in Sepang before proceeding to Japan, Taiwan and China before the grand finale in Shanghai this November.
Promoted by Motorsports Asia Limited, this year’s GT Asia Series should again witness the close rivalry of two former MSS champions in Singaporean Mok Weng Sun, who would be defending his crown, and Sri Lankan and close friend Dilantha Malagamuwa in their Ferrari machines.
Joining them in another Ferrari F458 would be former Super GT driver Hiroshi Hamaguchi, who would be representing Team Clearwater Racing. Regulars Marchy Lee and Jeffrey Lee, would be sharing driving duties this season in an Audi R8LMS Ultra.
The JK Racing Asia Series, which would have four races this weekend, would have a strong presence of Malaysia’s top racing talents in Nabil Jeffri, Irfan Ilyas and Tan Wei Ron for the Eurointernational Team, Afiq Ikhwan and Akash Nandy (Meritus), and Hiqmar Danial, who would represent Team Eurasia.
Malaysian Super Series Car – Round 2
Friday, 25 May 2012
1100hrs – 1130hrs JK Racing Asia Series – Official Practice
1140hrs – 1210hrs GT Asia Series – Official Practice 1
1430hrs – 1500hrs GT Asia Series – Official Practice 2
1510hrs – 1540hrs TCSA Official Practice
1550hrs – 1645hrs JK Racing Asia Series – Qualifying
1630hrs – 1645hrs GT Asia Series – Qualifying Session 1
1655hrs – 1710hrs GT Asia Series – Qualifying Session 2
1720hrs – 1810hrs Lamborghini Super Trofeo – Official Practice
Saturday, 26 May 2012
0900hrs – 0920hrs Classic Car Asia Challenge – Official Practice
0930hrs – 1000hrs Touring Production/MTC – Official Practice
1020hrs – 1045hrs JK Racing Asia Series – Race 1 (10 laps)
1055hrs – 1125hrs GT/Sports Production – Official Practice
1135hrs – 1155hrs Classic Car Asia Challenge – Qualifying
1215hrs – 1255hrs GT Asia Series – Race 1 (40 min)
1310hrs – 1325hrs Lamborghini Super Trofeo – Qualifying 1
1300hrs – 1330hrs Asia Classic Car Challenge Media Announcement (Media Centre)
1330hrs – 1345hrs Lamborghini Super Trofeo – Qualifying 2
1355hrs – 1425hrs Touring Production/MTC – Qualifying
1450hrs – 1515hrs JK Racing Asia Series – Race 2 (10 laps)
1525hrs – 1555hrs TCSA Qualifying
1605hrs – 1635hrs GT/Sports Production – Qualifying
1655hrs – 1725hrs Classic Car Asia Challenge – Race 1 (10 laps)
1745hrs – 1835hrs Lamborghini Super Trofeo – Race 1
Sunday, 27 May 2012
0900hrs – 0930hrs TCSA – Race 1 (10 laps)
0955hrs – 1020hrs JK Racing Asia Series – Race 3 (10 laps)
1045hrs – 1125hrs GT Asia Series – Race 2 (40 min)
1145hrs – 1215hrs Classic Car Asia Challenge – Race 2 (10 laps)
1235hrs – 1325hrs Lamborghini Super Trofeo – Race 2 (50 min)
1350hrs – 1415hrs JK Racing Asia Series – Race 4 (10 laps)
1435hrs – 1505hrs TCSA – Race 2 (10 laps)
1525hrs – 1625hrs GT/Sports Production – Race (60 min)
1645hrs – 1745hrs Touring Production/MTC – Race (60 min)
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