|BUMILISWA WILL AVENGE DEFEAT AT MERDEKA ENDURANCE RACE27 August 2004Traditionally the most competitive class with machines and drivers of almost equal standings, BUMILISWA Racing Team has declared that they are ready to rule the high competitive Class B in the 2004 Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race, which will be held at Sepang Circuit on Saturday (August 28).|
Second last year in the battle of for the 1601cc to 1900cc machines, drivers Mohd Faizal Sukree, Mohd Zaki Kamaruddin and Ahmed Farriq Zainul Abidin believes that they have the experience and capabilities to win this year.
“Everything has been going great this year. We have a very capable car in the Honda Integra; we have very strong support and most important; we have the experience to win this year,” said team leader Ahmed Farriq.
At the 2003 event, they were fighting closely with Danville Motorsports and the Unique Seafood Racing Team for top honours in Class B; but were unfortunate not to go to the top of the podium.
“It was a close fight until the end. At the end of the 12-hour race, the three of us were only separated by a lap. That is very, very close for a 12-hour race and it is really frustrating,” said Ahmed Farriq.
It was finally won by Danville Motorsports, which fielded three experienced drivers from Australia – Grant Johnson, Allan Letcher and Andre Morgan. They completed 243 laps around the 5.543-km circuit.
Despite the overwhelming confidence, Ahmed Farriq, however, was quick to add that the team expected another close battle with the defending champion and the Unique Seafood Racing Team, which would be led by seasoned racer Kok Pak Chiang.
Twice winner in the class in 2001 and 2002, Pak Chiang would be seeking a hattrick at the 2004 Merdeka Millennium Endurance race with Japanese driver Yasuhiro Morita and veteran driver Ng Kok Chin.
A total of 29 cars would be competing in Class B, which would include two entries from the glamorous X1R Racing Team, which would feature celebrity Deanna Yusoff and Philippa Yoong as their leading drivers.
Along with 48 other cars in Class A, C and the open class, the participants went through their official free practice today before moving on the vital qualifying session tomorrow to determine their grid positions.
The actual race would be held on Saturday with Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy flagging off the competitors at 10am.