Preview – The 12 Hour Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race 2010

The Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race (MMER) is back again, this time for the the 11th edition of the 12-hour race. This year’s race will feature 3 new categories, GT Class, Sports Production Class and Touring Class. One of the most anticipated participant is the Audi Race Experience Team Joest with their Audi R8 LMS. They will be represented by former Le Mans 24-Hours winners Frank Biela and Marco Werner plus former Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion Darryl O’ Young.

The Audi R8 LMS car is similar to the above images, a frequent race car in Europe’s endurance and GT races. With big names piloting them, the Audi Race Experience Team Joest will be one of the team to watch out for this time around.

Not to be taken lightly is the defending champion and runners-up, the two BMW Z4M of Petronas Syntium Team. With a revised line-ups and lots of experience racing in MMER, they will surely give it all to achieve the unprecedented consecutive 1-2 of Asia’s premier endurance event.

The No. 1 BMW Z4M will feature the trio of Tatsuya Kataoka, Fariqe Hairuman and Melvin Moh, while the No. 28 car will see the current Super Taikyu Endurance Championship leaders Nobuteru Taniguchi, Masataka Yanagida and Imran Zaharias Shaharom.

Other big names scheduled to take part are former F1 driver Alex Yoong, Lotus Racing test driver Fairuz Fauzy, 2002 overall winner Tunku Hammam Sulong, Malaysia’s Kencana Racing Team, and not forgetting Amac Motorsports and VIP Petfoods Racing Team from Australia.

This year the organizer reverted the race back to a midnight start. That would see the 2010 race to be flagged off at the turn of the day on Sunday, August 8 and finishing 12 hours later at noon.

Photo : Audi / Nazim Idris
Editorial : Nazim Idris

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