PETALING JAYA: A one-year painstaking work on their car paid huge dividends as R Engineering HMRT team blazed the track to finish first in the Merdeka Race of the Malaysia Championship Series (MCS).
The Johor Baru-based team proved their mettle by clinching the Race 1 title at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) on Saturday.
Driving their winning Civic FC 1.5, Lai Wee Sing spearheaded the Touring Production class race by clocking 1’01:12.
Akid Azlee of Sitty Racing came in second 1’01:01 while BHP Racing Team’s Mohd Fikri Rahim completed the podium with 1’01:16.
The Merdeka Race is the first four-wheel sprint and endurance racing event this year after most sporting events came to a screeching halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wee Sing was on cloud nine.
“I’m so happy as it’s my first time racing with this car. Our mechanics modified the car for almost a year,” said Wee Sing.
“I want to thank my crew and all my sponsors. The team did a good job today.
“We saw some cars were hit with penalties but I managed to stay consistent with my lap times so it boosted our chance of winning the race.”
In the Malaysian Touring Car (MTC Production), Farouk Abdul Kathir and his partner Sim Kwong Teck of 23 Motors Racing Team clocked 1’02:48 to finish on top of the podium.
“The race was quite tough… we went out with a plan and it turned out to be good. We are looking forward to putting our best for the MCS Race 2 next,” said Farouk.