WHO’LL BE THE KING OF THE TOURING PRODUCTION?
MALAYSIA CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (MCS) – FINAL ROUND
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 - The 2017 Malaysia Championship Series (MCS) enters its final round at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) this weekend with all eyes on the battle for the Touring Production crown between 19-year old Mitchell Cheah and one of the country’s most illustrious driver, Lai Wee Sing.
Having won the Malaysian Super Series, Sepang Drag Battle and Sepang 12-hour (previously known as Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race), Lai – the team owner of R Engineering, will have an advantage despite trailing Mitchell of N1 Racing by two points.
Partnering Farouk Abdul Kathir, Lai, who drives a Honda FD2 machine, has amassed 74 points after four rounds and eight one-hour endurance races against Mitchell’s haul of 76 points. Winning Race 1 will immediately put the highly-experienced Lai above the youngster for the final race of the season on Sunday.
Driving a Honda Civic, Mitchell will be carrying 30kg success ballast after having won Race 2 of Round 4 where the N1 Racing driver finished ahead of R Engineering partnership, which would be carrying an additional 20kgs for the opening race on Saturday.
As in previous rounds, the drivers would be competing in two one-hour endurance races with the opening Race 1 on Saturday; offering 15 points for the winners; 12 points for second place and 10 points for third.
Hence, Mitchell can effectively win his first ever MCS crown in his young career if he wins the race and the partnership of Lai and Farouk finishing outside the top 8 for race 1.
Partnering Yew Sing Lim in a Honda FDZR machine, former Touring Production class champion, Mark Darwin in third with 59 championship points and is virtually out of contention for his third MCS crown; having won the Malaysia Touring Car (MTC) championship overall titles last year.
Last year’s champion and Darwin’s teammate, Indonesian Fitra Eri of Sakura Tedco Racing is skipping this season to give full focus on his participation in the local series in the republic.
The 2017 MTC championship has already been won by Nick Mah, who had a sensational season having won the first seven races of the season until losing the glorious streak in Race 2 of the previous Round 4 where he finished a lowly fifth place and out of the podium for the first time this season.
Collecting eight points that day, Nick, who drives a Suzuki Swift, took his total tally for his 2017 season with a massive 111 points and an unassailable 36 points of second placed Kenny Lee and Neo Cheng Hen with 75 points.
The duo faces an opposition to Singaporean Roy Tang in the fight for vice-champion with the Singaporean driver having collected 64 championship points after four rounds of his Suzuki Swift machine. Also on a Suzuki Swift, Chin Hwa Lip is fourth with 49 points and could pounce on any mistakes from Roy to take third overall in the 1600cc class.
Finishing outside the top 3 in the final race and free of any success ballast penalty, Nick will be favourite to win Race 1 and helping his racing buddies, Kenny and Cheng Hen in securing second overall for the last this weekend.
Fans can catch the final action of the 2017 Malaysia Championship Series this weekend with free entry to the Main Grandstand. Alternatively, the Paddock passes are available to have a more enjoyable experience of being closer to the actions at the Paddock with viewing from the paddock rooftop. Passes will be on sale at the paddock entrance at a price of RM 85.00 including GST.
Fans can also catch the races live on social media as SIC will be providing live streaming on its official Facebook and Youtube page.