ADMI SHAHRUL POWERS PROTON R3 MOTORSPORTS TO S1K CROWN
SEPANG 1000KM ENDURANCE RACE 2017
Saturday, 11 November 2017
- Sixteen years after winning the glamorous 12-hour Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race (MMER), professional race instructor Admi Shahrul Ahmad Safian sensationally won his second race in Sepang – the equally prestigious but shorter distance Sepang 1000km (S1K) endurance race tonight.
Partnering James Veerapen, the dynamic duo of Proton R3 Motorsports topped 36 other entries to complete the 181-lap contest in eight hours 48 minutes 29.268 seconds after enduring tense and dramatic moments towards the tail end of a thrilling contest.
In a three-way battle in the last hour at the Sepang International Circuit with Tedco Racing and Maxx Mayhem Team Nanoplus, Admi, who won the MMER crown with Tommy Lee and Jeffrey Wong in a TVR machine in 2001, was behind the wheels to take the chequered flag in his Proton Suprima S and winning the premier Malaysia Touring Car (MTC) class.
Tengku Djan Ley Tengku Mahaleel – the name synonymous to R3 Racing and last year's winner – took second place in a Honda Jazz partnering Keifli Othman and Patrick Tam for Maxx Mayhem Team Nanoplus. They finished 46.335 seconds behind the winners.
Featuring a Malaysia-Australian-Indonesian partnership of Nick Mah, Chris O’Shannessy and Fitra Eri, Tedco Racing lost their opportunity for glory after their Indonesian driver was forced to do an unscheduled pitstop with seven laps to go after their Suzuki Swift machine encountered a technical glitch to surrender their leadership.
The VIOS Cup was topped by ST Wangan Racing Team of Singapore, with the partnership of Desmond Soh, Tan Chye Heng and Teh Kian Boon taking the top prize and the partnership of Darren Ong, Lin Zheng Liang and Soh Chee Kiat taking second.
Flagged off at 12 noon, the race was telecast live via SIC Facebook, reaching a total of 750,128 viewers.
SEPANG 1000KM - RESULTS
1.Admi Shahrul Ahmad Safian/James Veerapen (Proton Suprima S) – 181 laps (8:48:29.268s)
2. Keifli Othman/Tengku Djan Ley/ Patrick Tam (Honda Jazz) – 181 laps (46.335 seconds behind)
3. Nick Mah/Chris O’Shannessy/Fitra Eri (Suzuki Swift) – 180 laps
4. William Ho/Boy Wong Yew Choong/ (Toyota Vios) – 176 laps
5. Fariqe Hairuman/ Syafiq Ali/ (Proton Iriz) - 172 laps
1.Desmond Soh/Tan Chye Heng/Teh Kian Boon (Toyota Vios) -169 laps
2. Darren Ong/ Lin Zheng Liang/Soh Chee Kiat (Toyota Vios) -167 laps
3. Frederick Soo/Ng Khai Ee/Ling Keng Yong (Toyota Vios) -166 laps
4. Wong Hui Luen/Kenneth Koh (Toyota Vios) – 165 laps
5. Ken Foo/Tomokazu Sato/Rina Ito (Toyota Vios) – 163 laps
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