All systems go for the Sepang 12-hour

 2016 Sepang 12 hours The stage is set for Sepang 12 Hours this weekend where the competitors are ready to thrill the fans for 12 hours nonstop, from noon to midnight. This edition of the Sepang 12-hour will see the debut of the Intercontinental GT Challenge where top GT and Touring cars battle to the last second for the driver’s and manufacturer’s titles.

The 2016 edition of the Sepang 12 Hours features some of the best GT drivers and teams, with entries in the GT3, GTC, GT4 & Sports Production, Touring Production, TC and Marc cars classes. Major teams from the USA, Australia, Europe and Asia are taking part, so GT fans can watch some of the world’s top sports cars in action, including the Porsche 911 GT3R, McLaren 650S GT3, Audi R8 LMS and Lexus RC350. Also present will be various models by marques such as Ferrari, Mercedes, Lamborghini, Toyota, Ginetta, Honda, Subaru, Seat and Ford.

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This year’s race sees a three-way fight for the inaugural Intercontinental GT Challenge driver’s title. Laurens Vanthoor from Audi Sport Team Phoenix who leads the standings is just 6 points ahead of K-PAX Racing’s Shane Van Gisbergen, while his Audi Sport Team Phoenix teammate René Rast is in third place, just one point behind Gisbergen. With just a few points separating the title contenders, fans can expect to see a fierce race between the top three GT racers for the title.

In the GT3 category, American team K-PAX has entered its Pirelli World Challenge-winning McLaren 650S GT3, with driving duties shared by Alvaro Parente, the Pirelli World Challenge drivers’ title winner, and Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup winners Come Ledogar and Shane Van Gisbergen.

Meanwhile, the number of teams from Japan has increased considerably with J-Loc, APR, HubAuto Racing and Saitama Toyopet Green Brave all bringing impressive GT3 machines such as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Lamborghini Huracan and Ferrari 488. J-Loc and APR will be entering full Pro line-ups, with South African Adrian Zaugg joining the J-Loc squad for the event.

Malaysian competitors are not to be missed on home track with talents such as Nexus Infinity’s Adrian Henry D’Silva/Dominic Ang, Ayelzo Ecotint Racing’s Zen Low, GDL Racing’s Melvin Moh and Viper Niza Racing’s Dominic Khoo. The Malaysian contingent will be driving cars like the Ferrari 458 GT3 and Porsche 911 GT3R.

The Sepang 12 hours starts with the free practice on Thursday and Friday, with the qualifying session also taking place on Friday. The official Flag-Off is on Saturday, 12.00pm. Other side attractions include Car Boot Sale, Grid Walk and After-race party.

2016 Sepang 12-hour event program:

Thursday, 8 December
10:00 – 12:00 Paid Practice GT3/GTC
13:00 – 15:00 Paid Practice GT4/Sport/Touring/TC/Marc/Other
15.30 Sign On
16.00 Mandatory Briefing
17:50 – 19:50 Free Practice 1 for all cars (into the night)
20:15 – 22:15 Free Practice 2 for all cars (full night)

Friday, 9 December
11:00 – 13:00 Free Practice 3 for all cars
15:00 – 16:00 Qualifying for all cars
16:30 – 16:45 Top 15 Shootout

Saturday, 10 December
12:00 Race Starts for Sepang 12 Hours (Flag Off)

Sunday, 11 December
00:00 Race Ends for Sepang 12 Hours