Proton R3 scores 1-2 finish in Sepang 1000km Race

Proton R3 scores 1-2 finish in Sepang 1000km Race

The 2012 edition of the annual Sepang 1000km Endurance Race that happened last weekend was won by Proton R3 Motorsports Racing Team, which dominated proceedings and clinched a 1-2 finish at the Sepang International Circuit.

Fresh from winning the 2012 Malaysian Super Series Championship (MSS), R3’s Satria Neo driven by Shafiq Ali and Morio Nitta won the race, followed by the division’s Prevé, piloted by James Veerappan and Masedenial Ali.

Type R Racing Team’s Toyota Corolla Altis completed the podium. Type R are the defending champs and were looking for a hattrick of S1K wins after taking the inaugural race in 2009. JC Racing’s Suzuki Swift came in fourth, ahead of the first of Honda Malaysia’s Jazz race cars.

Proton R3 scores 1-2 finish in Sepang 1000km Race

Shafiq Ali and Super GT driver Nitta completed 181 laps in 8 hours 25 minutes 6.699 seconds, concluding a memorable year for the team. The former was crowned MSS overall champion for the Malaysian Touring Car Challenge category last month with teammate James Veerapan after winning four of five rounds this season.

James, who partnered rookie Masedenial Ali Maskamal Khan in the R3 Prevé, secured second place after completing 180 laps in 8 hours 26 minutes 55.674 seconds.

Team R3 viewed S1K, an endurance race, as a true test of reliability and strength, whilst the MSS victory was more of a test of speed and handling for both Neo and Prevé race cars. Two out of two equals to a perfect 2012 for the team. Good job guys!

Photos thanks to Valen Foong and Gary Lee.

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Comments

  • Kalun on Dec 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    This means Proton is reliable!
    Maybe or Not!

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    • Kelvin on Dec 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      If Proton is not protected like a baby, and overcharge Malaysian, then it is a good reliable car.

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      • peYno on Dec 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

        proton, perodua, UMW toyota, Tan Choong Nissan, Honda melaka are protected by gomen rite

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        • Cari fasal on Dec 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm

          congratulation
          well proven that Malaysia product is good.
          see even Jap/Korea and even Germanic craps cant even win.
          its proven :)

          Good work proton.
          Thank you for producing good cars.

          Also congrates in upcoming engine line up.
          see now German Merc/BM and Audi should be ashame.
          haha big engine but cannot perform

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          • fasalkena on Dec 11, 2012 at 11:00 pm

            german merc/bm and audi should be ashamed of what? 1k endurance races like this are ‘a waste of resources’ for euro manufacturers.

            now the real question is why T and Suzuki participated in this ‘small-boys’ race? :)

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          • farghmee on Dec 12, 2012 at 9:30 am

            T & Suzuki pn dh out F1.
            small or big, they are not in.

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    • Kalun on Dec 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      6 dislike currently means No.

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    • hahaha….lawak la bro…hahaha

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  • mamamia on Dec 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    congratulation proton!

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  • apeng on Dec 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    congrat to proton teams…

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  • spark on Dec 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Proton for race okey that why all proton owner drive like street racing,coz stress when buy proton still gotproblem.

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  • gOOsh on Dec 11, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    proven…

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  • portnoy on Dec 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    hahaha..where is korean K-Pop cars?

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 39 Thumb down 3
    • Cari fasal on Dec 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      haha Kpop cars are proven to be rubbish in terms of performance, transmission, support and resale. all crap :)

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  • sedan on Dec 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    “Type R Racing Team’s Toyota Corolla Altis completed the podium” what does it mean? =P

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  • Imagine those reliability implemented on Proton’s street car someday. Bye j car.

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    • portnoy on Dec 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      last night on my way back to home from Old Klang Road to Subang Jaya got one Gen 2 terbakar…now i wondering…hmmmm…

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      • basayev on Dec 12, 2012 at 11:45 pm

        even ferrari and lambo pun terbakar loo….. especially 458 with their ‘easy to get burn’ adhesive. haiii……… macam-macam….

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  • montana on Dec 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    wtf!!!celica oso kena tapau ka

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  • RVP20 on Dec 11, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Sure coz when we bought our cars we only use them for 1000km only, and after that we can trade in for the new car for our next 1000km or so….nonetheless give credit where its due, Congrates proton :)

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  • Heng Lee on Dec 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Toyota Corolla Altis better RV

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  • i love proton

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  • love the proton color. salute to the team. good job proton.

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  • nanashisan on Dec 12, 2012 at 8:37 am

    The preve R3’s front grill and side louvers were replaced with smooth cover with fake grill/ louver stickers. lol

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  • Nice photos! thumbs up

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  • Botolsusu on Dec 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Tak Adil.

    Team Proton hampeh boleh menang

    Team Honda pro boleh kalah

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  • gOOsh on Dec 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    proton rocks!!!

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