The Honda Malaysian Racing Team have officially announced their participation in the 11th Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race that will be held at the Sepang International Circuit on Sunday, August 8th 2010. The team will be competing in the 12-hour endurance race which starts at midnight and will have a whole host of challenges to overcome such as the tropical heat and humidity.
Thus it’s only right that they front an experienced group of drivers and that’s exactly what they have done in the form of Eddie Lew Kar Wai, Aaron Lim and Rueben Wong. Returning with them is the Honda Type R that was used last year along with the 22 members of the HMRT from Honda Malaysia.
Last year the HMRT team managed to achieve a podium finish in second position for the Class A2 and have plans to do better this year. This will be the 8th year that HMRT is participating in the MME race and HMRT’s objective is to instill “Honda racing DNA” into its associates and create a platform which allows local talents to thrive and to build up local team’s expertise in motorsports.
“I am very proud to witness the improvement of the HMRT from a team guided by MUGEN to today’s fully Malaysian team. Our local Honda associates demonstrate commendable passion and commitment in local motorsports to build up their skills and knowledge, and to support each other towards a victorious MME race 2010,” said Mr. Toru Takahashi Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Honda Malaysia who is also the HMRT Team Principal.
“Over the past few years, HMRT gradually became more independent from the guidance and supervision of MUGEN from Japan. Today, the team is confident enough to manage on their own. This in itself is a significant achievement and a big motivation for the team. This is also the ultimate objective of HMRT – to train and build up the skills of local talents to thrive in the motorsports and automotive arena. This year, 11 members from last year’s team returned to HMRT to lead in different divisions and to transfer their skills and knowledge to the other new HMRT members,” added Takashi.
“One of the biggest factors in helping us achieve 2nd position last year was good communication amongst the team members and great teamwork. No one is above anyone else. We all work together towards the one single goal. I am the fuel man leader for HMRT this year. My most important responsibility is to motivate the new team members and familiarize them with the job. I will also share with them what we learnt last year and how we can improve for this year. I sincerely hope that HMRT can win this year and learn from last year’s mistakes, focus and improve the weaknesses to ensure zero mistakes during the race,” said Muhd Faizul, a senior HMRT member.
Look after the jump for more pix of the team.
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