It’s that time of the year again where the biggest race in Asia is about to
go off and this time it’s the tenth addition of the Merdeka Millennium
Endurance (MME) Race.
Organised and promoted by Sepang International Circuit (SIC), its aim is to
make Sepang as the hub of motorsport activities in the region and as an
effort to develop motorsport in Malaysia and the Asian region.
The race format remains the same throughout every year, three drivers to a
car and they take turns accordingly to the race regulations to complete 12
hours of nonstop racing around the 5.543-km Sepang Circuit.
Each driver can only drive a maximum of 75 minutes per session and they must
rest at least two-thirds of the driving time before taking another drive.
The maximum cumulative driving time for each driver is 5 hours.
In commemorating this tenth celebration, some changes have been made to make
the race more exciting. With the separation of the class B and C into the
Sepang 1000km race (S1K), the faster main class O and A will have more grids
to fill up all the way to 77 cars.
For a fair race, the class A will be split into two, A1 and A2, to separate
between production supercars as A1 (Group B or GT4 or non FIA homologated
production sports) and production sports and saloon cars in A2 (Group N and
Group A or non FIA homologated Touring Cars).
The 77 slots on the starting grid is split into the three classes, 27 for class O, 25 for class A1 and 25 for class A2.
Also to honor the month of Ramadhan which is the fasting month for Muslims,
the race date that is usually set on the last weekend of August is moved
forward to the second weekend of the month which is on the 8th.
For the local motorsports enthusiasts, the MME is much awaited for every
year since 2000. The 12 – hour endurance will definitely put the drivers’
skill, teams’ management and the machines to the limits.
MME has been regarded as catalysts to the national motorsports development.
Here, the competition is fierce and indirectly will produce racers, team managers and crew with world standard.
In the year 2000, there were 55 teams competed in MME. The response from the
public were very encouraging because apart from celebrating our independence day at Dataran Merdeka or entertainment outlet.
Malaysians now have another reason and new place to celebrate independence
day which at Sepang International Circuit experiencing the exciting and
action packed 12 hours race.
In the year 2001, the participants increased from 55 teams to 78 teams
including the international teams. And for the first time 2001 MME witnessed
the entry form a private high school, Pay Fong High School that joined the
race in the name of charity. All the contributions from the sponsors were
for charity purposes. This year also witnessed the participations from
Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.
Racers who participated in MME were no strangers among the Malaysians fans.
Names like Karamjit Singh, Jimmy Low, Keifli Othman and Adam Lokman were
among the racers who show off their driving skills on the 5.543km track.
In fact, our very first Formula One driver, Alex Yoong also participated in
the MME. Spectators also witnessed the participation of Mohamed Fairuz, the
young racer who is gearing up to be the next Formula One driver. Kunimitsu
Takahashi, a Japan GT driver also participated in MME backed by his own GTA
The spectators who came and witnessed their favourite driver competing and
battling each other on the track during MME were the one who supported the
event. They were willing to be on the track for 12 hours to experience the
actions. It was the only way for you to witness all the best drivers from
various categories competing each other on the same track at the same time.
With the carnival atmosphere created for the spectators during MME, it is a
new way for the young motorsports enthusiasts to celebrate Malaysia
Independence Day. They are the one who act as the catalysts for the
development of motorsports in Malaysia.
All information in regards to the 2009 Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race can
be obtained at Sepang International Circuit website at
THE PAST OVERALL WINNERS
2008 D.Nicholas, Darryl O. and WS Mok (Team Porsche Club Singapore)
2007 Lars Nielsen, Sven Herberger, Mokhzani Mahathir (Hong Leong Kencana
2006 Tengku Djan Ley, Faidzil Alang and Damien French (Proton R3
2005 Tengku Djan Ley, Genji Hashimoto, Tony Riccirdello (Amprex Proton
2004 Hiroki Katoh, Farriz Fauzy & Eddie Lew (Honda Malaysia Racing)
2003 Firhat Mokhzani, Chin Tzer Jinn & Eric Yeo (G1 Meritus Racing)
2002 Tengku Hammam, Nigel Albon & Tommy Lee (NAZA Jaseri Racing Team)
2001 Jeffrey Wong, Admi Shahrol Ahmad Safian & Tommy Lee (TVR Sports
2000 Karamjit Singh, Jimmy Low & Tommy Lee (Petronas EON Racing Team)
Class 1st 2nd 3rd
4th 5th 6th
O RM50, 000 RM25, 000 RM15, 000 3X F1 Ticket 3X F1
Ticket 3X F1 Ticket
A1 RM50, 000 RM25, 000 RM15, 000 3X F1 Ticket 3X F1
Ticket 3X F1 Ticket
A2 RM30, 000 RM20, 000 RM10, 000 3X F1 Ticket 3X F1
Ticket 3X F1 Ticket