Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race

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The Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race (formerly known as "Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race"), commonly known as MMER, is a 12 Hours endurance racing event held annually since 2000 at the Sepang International Circuit on late August as part of the Merdeka festivities in Malaysia.

The 2012 Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race will be part of the Japanese Super Taikyu Series.

Schedule[edit]

The 2006 race was run on August 27, 2006 from 12:07am to 12:07pm. In 2006 the race was sponsored by Petronas Primax 3 and it was won by the Proton R3 Racing Team with their Lotus Exige 300RR.

2007 race was run on August 25, 2007 from 11:00am to 11:00pm. Once again Petronas Primax 3 sponsored the race. The race was won by Hong Leong-Kencana Racing with a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

Classes[edit]

2010–present[edit]

The race is divided into 3 classes:

  • GT Class for
   FIA GT2 FIA Article 257
   FIA GT3 and CUP cars FIA article 257A
   JAF : Super Taikyu Cars (STX – ST1)
  • Sports Production for
   FIA GT4 Cars (All cars complying with SRO Regulations)
   FIA Group B Cars as per FIA Article 256
   Sports Cars with Diesel Engine above 1900cc
  • Touring Production for
   Group N Cars 1900cc and above as per FIA Article 254
   Group A cars 1900cc and above as per FIA Article 255
   Non FIA Homologated Touring Cars 1900cc and above (2,500 minimum annual production) as per FIA Article 277
   JAF Super Taikyu Cars (ST2 – ST4)
   Touring/Saloon Cars with Diesel Engine above 1900cc

2009[edit]

The race is divided into 3 classes:

  • Open for modified racing cars.
  • A1 for production supercars.
  • A2 for production sports and saloon cars.

2000–2008[edit]

The race is divided into 4 classes:

  • Open for modified racing cars.
  • A for production road cars with engine capacity exceeding 2000cc.
  • B for production road cars with engine capacity exceeding 1600cc.
  • C for production road cars with engine capacity below 1600cc.

History[edit]

1990–2000[edit]

In the late 1990s, Malaysian auto manufacturer Proton used to organize a 300 km race at Shah Alam circuit for local racers racing with Protons, to celebrate Merdeka in Malaysia. When Sepang International Circuit was built the race was shifted to the F1 circuit, with the winners of the race entitled to a new Proton road car.

But after the 1999 race, a dispute happened between Proton and Sepang International Circuit, resulting in Proton's sponsorship withdrawal. Sepang therefore decided to host a replacement race by itself and started the Merdeka Millennium 12 Hours Endurance Race in 2000. The race also opened up for non-Proton entries.

The inaugural race was won by the Proton EON Racing Team (PERT) with Jimmy Low, Karamjit Singh and Tommy Lee driving, beating off the challenge from TVR Racing who ran Malaysian F1 driver Alex Yoong.

2001–2008[edit]

In 2001, TVR Racing won the race with Jeffery Wong, Tommy Lee and Admi Shahrul in a TVR Chimaera.

In 2002, Amprex Motorsport entered the Japan GT300 spec Mazda RX-7 machine, with crack Hong Kong driver Charles Kwan and Kevin Wong as its drivers. But the car failed to finish the race. Nigel Albon, Tommy Lee and T. Hamman won in their Porsche 911 GT3.

In 2003, the race got more serious with BSA Racing entering a Radical SR3 and a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with Wolf Henzler as its lead driver, while Amprex Motorsport entered the BMW M3 GT for Charles Kwan, Matthew Marsh and Genji Hashimoto. Alex Yoong was also back with Jaseri Racing. But in the end unfancied G1-Meritus won the race after outlasting its rivals, with Eric Yeo, Firhat Mohkzani and Chin Tzer-Jinn driving their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car serenely to victory after completing 268 laps.[1]

In 2004, Amprex Motorsport, armed with the latest ACO/FIA GT1 spec Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT racer, totally dominated proceedings as its drivers set laps of 2:09s around the circuit. But the car broke down and Honda Malaysia Racing Team, with Eddie Lew, Farriz Fauzy and Super GT driver Hiroki Katoh, took the top step of the podium, despite running in class A.

The 2005 edition was dominated by a joint effort between Amprex Motorsport and Proton R3 Racing, together they operated the team and their Lotus Exige 300RR won outright, completing 279 laps.

In 2006, Amprex Motorsport decided to bring back the Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT for the race but it was crippled in a practice accident, allowing Proton R3 Racing's Lotus Exige 300RR a clear run to victory number 2, completing 271 laps in the process. Faidzil Alang, Australian Damien French and Tengku Djan Ley shared the driving duties.

The 2007 race has been made more interesting with more participation from foreign teams racing teams, namely J's Racing Lab with a Honda S2000 and Juniper Racing with a 911 GT3 RSR. Famous racing drivers such as former F1 and 24 Hours of Le Mans driver Hans-Joachim Stuck also participated in the race. Year 2007 also record the highest participation so far with 103 cars signing up for the race but only 77 makes it to the starting grid in accordance to the FIA circuit license granted to Sepang International Circuit.

In 2008, the race was won by Darryl O'Young, Mok Wing Sun and Alexander Nicholas Davison of Porsche Club Singapore. Their Porsche 997 RSR completed 308 laps.[2]

Overall Winners[edit]

Year Team Drivers Car Laps
2013 Singapore Clearwater Racing New Zealand Craig Baird
Japan Hiroshi Hamaguchi
Singapore Weng Sun Mok
Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 323
2012 Japan Petronas Syntium Team Japan Nobuteru Taniguchi
Japan Masataka Yanagida
Malaysia Dominic Ang
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 319
2011 Japan Petronas Syntium Team Japan Nobuteru Taniguchi
Japan Masataka Yanagida
Malaysia Dominic Ang
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 321
2010 Malaysia Arrows Racing Malaysia Tunku Hammam
Netherlands Peter Kox
Germany Christopher Haase
Lamborghini LP560 315
2009 Japan Petronas Syntium Team Japan Tatsuya Kataoka
Japan Manabu Orido
Malaysia Johan Adzmi
BMW Z4M Coupe 306
2008 Singapore Team Porsche Club Singapore Australia Alex Davison
Hong Kong Darryl O'Young
Singapore Weng Sun Mok
Porsche 997 RSR 308
2007 Malaysia Team Hong Leong-Kencana Racing Malaysia Mokhzani Mahathir
Germany Sven Herberger
Denmark Lars Erik Nielsen
Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 288
2006 Malaysia Proton R3 Team Malaysia Tengku Djan Ley
Australia Damien French
Malaysia Faidzil Alang
Lotus Exige 300RR 271
2005 Malaysia Proton R3 Amprex Malaysia Tengku Djan Ley
Japan Genji Hashimoto
Australia Tony Ricciardello
Lotus Exige 300RR 279
2004 Malaysia Honda Malaysia Racing Team Malaysia Eddie Lew
Japan Hiroki Katoh
Malaysia Farriz Fauzy
Honda Civic 2.0 i-VTEC 265
2003 Malaysia G1 Meritus Malaysia Eric Yeo
Malaysia Chin Tzer-Jinn
Malaysia Firhat Mohkzani
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 268
2002 Malaysia Jaseri Racing United Kingdom Nigel Albon
Malaysia Tunku Hammam
Malaysia Tommy Lee
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 262
2001 Malaysia Team TVR Malaysia Jeffrey Wong
Malaysia Admi Sharhal
Malaysia Tommy Lee
TVR Chimaera 250
2000 Malaysia Proton EON Racing Team Malaysia Jimmy Low
Malaysia Karamjit Singh
Malaysia Tommy Lee
Proton PERT 253

Multiple race winners[edit]

Wins Driver
3 Malaysia Tommy Lee
2 Malaysia Tengku Djan Ley
Malaysia Tunku Hammam Sulong
Japan Nobuteru Taniguchi
Japan Masataka Yanagida
Malaysia Dominic Ang
Wins Manufacturer
4 Porsche
2 Lotus
Mercedes-Benz

Records[edit]

  • Tommy Lee is the only driver to have won the Open class three times. He raced for three different teams for the wins: PERT, TVR and Jaseri Racing.
  • The Honda Malaysia Racing Team (HMRT) has won class A four times in a row since 2003, it also won the race overall in 2004.[3]
  • Malaysia racing wonder kid Jazeman Jaafar had become the youngest participant of MMER in 2007 at the age of 14.
  • Team Porsche Club Singapore became the first foreign team to win the Merdeka Millennium Endurance in 2008.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BSA racing debut at MME". radicalextremesportscars.com. August 30, 2003. Retrieved 2008-07-30. [dead link]
  2. ^ Porsche Club Singapore Wins Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race
  3. ^ "HMRT History". Honda Malaysia. Retrieved 2008-07-30. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Porsche Club Singapore Wins Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race". Sepang Circuit. Retrieved 17 September 2011.