Once again, Honda Malaysia regulars Aaron Lim and Farriz Fauzy powered the race-liveried Honda City, car no.27, to victory. The duo ran 181 laps in 8 hours 42 minutes and completed the endurance event a full lap ahead of the second place runner. The Honda City racer was one of the favorites in the respective category, and coupled with effective technical strategy, including pit stops, it all worked to perfection for the Sepang 1k factory squad.
Being a veteran squad in the domestic endurance events such as the 1K and MMER previously, Honda Malaysia Racing team (HMRT) had the most consistent pitcrews and mechanics, who were provided intensive theoretical and practical trainings on the race cars, race schematics and procedures. “Over the years, HMRT has proven to be an ideal platform to train and build up skills of Honda associates while honing their capabilities in the motorsports arena. I am pleased to note that 20 out of 36 HMRT members this year were new which also mean that we have effectively added more associates with motorsport skills. Enhancing the skills of Honda associates has always been a core objective at HMRT. I am proud at the commitment shown by the team in using the skills and knowledge garnered through their participation in HMRT,” Team Principal of HMRT Akkbar Danial commented.
The main strategy for HMRT this year was to make the race car faster and improve the suspension of the City. The team managed to increase the horsepower of the City to 140hp compared to 128hp last year while tuning the suspension for longer tyre sustenance and to match the increased power. These were the main technical changes that were done to the winning car. Despite a tougher grid this season, it was Honda’s challenging spirit and gritty team work that enabled the squad to white wash the competition in one of the toughest categories of the Sepang 1K. In addition, the Honda City racer displayed the expected consistency throughout the 1k run and the stops for new shods and driver swaps worked to perfection.
The S1K race is not just about speed and strategy; it also emphasizes the durability of the race machines as well as the stamina and determination of the team. The HMRT has proven that the motorsports DNA of Honda is indeed in the team.