Merdeka Millennium Endurance (MME)

MME Drivers Get Ready For Qualifying: Sepang Circuit 25 Aug.2007

The heartbreaking moment of truth has arrived at Sepang Circuit as competitors at Sepang 12-hour Petronas Primax 3 Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race (MME) go into qualifying tomorrow (Friday, August 24) to secure their place at the starting grid of the actual race.

With 309 drivers and 103 cars registered for the eighth edition of the MME this year, 78 drivers would need to pack their racing suits with their 26 cars leaving the pit garages as only a maximum 77 cars would be allowed to start the race in accordance to the FIA circuit license granted to SIC.

Without doubt, they would be refunded for their entry fees, but that would be little consolation to all that months of time and money put in for the preparations as well as the excitement and thrills to be part of the MME, which is hailed as Asia’s Biggest Race and without doubt, the most anticipated event in Malaysia’s motorsports fraternity.

“It was in 2003; but I still remember it clearly. I was very frustrated and just went home to JB the next day, without watching the race. I cannot bear to see the race,” says 2004 winner Eddie Lew of Honda Malaysia Racing Team.

Partnering seasoned drivers Faidzil Alang and Ferhan Fauzy in his first year with Honda Malaysia and considered one of the frontrunners for the race, their Honda Civic encountered electrical problems in qualifying and just did not have the power and acceleration that it showed in its earlier free practices.

For the 2007 race, Eddie – regarded as Malaysia’s best saloon car driver - would be partnering Japan Super GT drivers Hiroki Katoh and Shinya Hosokawa in a specially prepared two-liter Honda Civic Type R machine by Mugen of Japan would again be placed as one of the top contenders for the overall title or at least within their Class A for production cars above 1900cc.

According to the regulations, only 25 cars from a combined entry of 38 cars in Class A and the open class would qualify for the race on Saturday. From a total of 36 cars in Class B for engines between 1601cc and 1900cc, 26 cars would be selected and from the final Class C for cars below 1600cc, only the fastest 26 cars of a total 29 entries would be selected.

“We have a very good team and a very good car; but let’s take things step by step. First we qualify for the race and then we plan our strategies based on our place on the grid. Remember last year, the Lamborghini failing to qualify. So, let’s not be overconfident,” said Eddie when met at the official launch of the Honda Malaysia MME Team in Kuala Lumpur last night.

Driving a powerful Lamborghini Murceilago, former Japan GT driver and 2005 overall winner, Genji Hashimoto was sensationally booted out of the race last year when their cars encountered mechanical problems in qualifying.

Australian Peter Leemhuis, who would be driving with countrymen Tony Alford and Malaysian Kiefli Othman, said it was going to be a very close qualifying session tomorrow given the huge number of participants in this year’s race. “What we need to do is just focus on what we are doing and push the car as fast as possible,” said Leemhuis, who would be driving a Honda Integra DC5 among the Class A runners.

Qualifying session would start at 10am tomorrow with each of the three drivers requiring to do their best lap times for an aggregate lap time to decide their grids positions or going out of the event.

Wira Aeroback, Proton Modify Model

This is one of the samples of Wira Aeroback new bumper on the market. Eventhough, our national car Proton, just launched their new model known as Persona, but Wira Aeroback models are still in the demand.

Proton Persona

Proton Persona 6AT H-Line Metallic – RM55,800
Proton Persona 1.6AT M-Line Metallic – RM52,800
Proton Persona 1.6MT M-Line Metallic – RM49,800
Proton Persona 1.6AT B-Line Metallic – RM48,449
Proton Persona 1.6AT B-Line Solid – RM47,999
Proton Persona 1.6MT B-Line Metallic – RM45,449
Proton Persona 1.6MT B-Line Solid – RM44,999

All prices are on the road with insurance for Peninsular Malaysia. The prices have changed slightly since the teaser prices were announced last month – the Base-Line models are now slightly cheaper. While it won’t really reflect much in your monthly instalment amount, breaching the RM45,000 barrier by RM1 ringgit serves as a psychological encouragement to buy the car. Proton has negotiated with all banks for them to offer an interest rate of 3.88% for the Proton Persona.

Five Memorable Mitsubishi Evos

Five Memorable Mitsubishi Evos
Moving towards its 10th iteration, here's five of the best ever Mitsubishi Evos.

Fans of the focused Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (or just 'Evo') wait patiently for the promised new-generation Evo X, likely to surface in 2007. Prolonging the agony, Mitsubishi launched a new version of the Evo IX at the London Motor Show. Here's our favourite five Evos to date.

Concept-X Concept-X
Mitsubishi has been teasing us for a while now with glimpses into the future of the Evo.

Evolution IX FQ-360 Evolution IX FQ-360
Though it features a limited number of enhancements over the VIII, Mitsubishi considered it worth the number increment.

Evolution MR FQ-400 Evolution MR FQ-400
A hint at the car's potential was given by the inclusion in the purchase price of a driver training course...

Evolution VIII 260 Evolution VIII 260
With all the headline-grabbing power figures being bandied around these days, it was surprising to find Mitsubishi raving about its new 'low' power version.

Evolution V Evolution V
Petrol heads across the globe will still nod knowingly whenever an Evo V crosses their path.

Wira modified to EVO

One of the best modified wira in malaysia...well done guys!!! Malaysia boleh..

Perodua Kancil

Is a Perodua Kancil...Fully Customised Wide-bodykit... *Not Proton Kancil.The car has a fresh look but somehow seemed that the owner has dramatic imagination.

Singaporean touch

Da whole car is Proton Wira Aeroback...front using Honda Accord headlite, the back side i dunno wat dat guy did...the whole car was fully-customised bodykit...Tell u guys frankly..Dat car was F**kin' LAME!!!!mannn singaporean!!

Wira Modified Model

This original wira was converted cosmetically not the engine,,fuhh,,think of transfomers,,anyway,,very creative

Top Class,,ye babe,,yeah

Another futuristic imagination by malaysia,,'pimp my ride' malaysia edition..

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