A great day to be remembered for the R Engineering HMRT team as they claim the throne for the one-off special round – Merdeka Race 2020, Malaysia Championship Series (MCS) Race 1 at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) on Saturday. Driving their winning Civic FC 1.5, Lai Wee Sing spearheaded the T Production (Touring Production) with the record of 2 minutes 30.975 seconds for their best lap. The car number 39 started the race in second position after securing the spot in a combined qualification with his fastest lap of 2 minutes 28.100 seconds which is 0.036 seconds behind the qualifying leader, Amirul Hafiz and Azlan Malik from Wenso Racing Team.

He commented, “I’m so happy as it is my first-time racing with the new car. We modified the car for almost a year. I want to thank my crew and all my sponsors. The team did a good job today. We are very confident that we can end the first race in very consistent time.” 23 Motors Racing Team, Farouk Abdul Kathir with his partner, Sim Kwong Teck were back in actions in style after finishing the race in first place for the category of Malaysian Touring Car (MTC Production). The drivers were challenged where they were taken over by competing teams needed to catch up from last position. Farouk commented, “The race was quite tough; we went out with a plan which turned out to be a great strategy. The first driver pushed and the second driver conserved to complete the race. Tomorrow we are looking forward to put our best for MCS Race 2.”

Meanwhile, winner for last year Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) for ASB 1000, Azlan Shah made his debut in four-wheel racing partnering with Mohd Syu’ib racing for Empire M Racing Team with car number 43, Suzuki Swift. Not bad for the rider as he completed the race in 11th position for the Super Production 2 (S Production). Azlan commented, “Such a great experience for me where I started the race in 25th position. We pushed until we got into 7th position and exchange drivers, I had a problem with the car especially on the ECU. To compare, two-wheel and four-wheel is totally different. Tomorrow I will be racing in the Malaysia Speed Festival (MSF), MSF Ultimate category.”

As for MSF, two categories were held today; MSF Super Production (Enduro) and MSF Saga Cup (Enduro) which was full of actions on track. Tomorrow will showcase Race 2 for MCS followed by MSF Ultimate (Enduro), MSF S-Pro (Enduro), MSF SuperStreet (Enduro), MSF StreetTuned (Enduro) and MSF Proton 1800 (Enduro). SIC Talent Development driver, Adam Khalid who scored a double P2 in Round 4 of the MCS last year with HI-REV SIC Dream Chaser will be partnering up with Gilbert Ang for SIC Viper Niza Racing Team in the MSF Ultimate category.

Off track, the Merdeka Race 2020 offered exciting activities for fans such as the first Drive-In Race Viewing experience, food bazaar and special Merdeka promotions from Eraman, Mitsui Outlet Park and many more located at the paddock.

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