As the Merdeka Millennium Endurance (MME) race enters its tenth year, Honda
Malaysia Racing Team is set on to catch the first overall title again at the
Sepang International Circuit (SIC).
This year’s HMRT consists of 3 returning drivers; Eddy Lew, Aaron Lim and
Rueben Wong in a Civic Type-R.
All three drivers have previously driven for HMRT in MME for a few years,
last year the team finished 6th in class and 18th overall completing 267
laps in the 12 hour endurance race, 41 laps behind the race winner.
‘We were unsuccessful to repeat previous year’s (2007) winning as first in
class as we had some problems with the brake hose,” said Eddy Lew.
“We had to bring the car in for repairs and it took awhile before we could
continue racing but that was enough to set us back for that year,” he added.
“The preparation this year is a lot better as to compare to last year so if
there are no more problems this time we might get back our first in class
title again and maybe even the overall title as well.”
“Except for some slight alignment issues we are well prepared and on
schedule for the race,” explained Eddy at the testing.
According to Rueben Wong, “the car has been updated overall, from the engine
to transmission, chassis and suspension to braking. Anything that we find
inadequate and have room to improve from last year’s experience have been
He added that although the car is faster and will surely give the class A2
teams a fight but it will be a tough fight for the overall title.
“The class O cars are a lot more powerful and with more available space on
the grip this year there will be more cars of that class we have to battle
The race will be flagged 11.30 on Saturday 8 of July. The teams will have to
complete as many laps as possible on the 5.543km circuit in 12 hours.
Entrance is free for all, for paddock entrance is RM100, parking for cars is
RM5 and RM2 for bike and finally RM20 for buses.
1055 hrs – Pit Exit Open
1100 hrs – Pit Exit Close
1120 hrs – National Anthem
1127 hrs – Formation Lap
1130 hrs – Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race Start
2330 hrs – Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race End
2330 hrs – Podium.