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The Honda Malaysia Racing Team (HMRT) emerged as overall winners in the Sepang 1,000 km (S1K) race last weekend, when its Honda City (Car 27) finished the 181-lap endurance race a full lap ahead of the second-placed team. Drivers Aaron Lim and Farriz Fauzy completed the race in eight hours 42 minutes.

Primary technical changes to the 2015 race car involved increasing the car’s power output as well as revisons to the suspension setup. The team managed to increase the horsepower of the City to 140 hp compared to the 128 hp in last year’s car, while the suspension was retuned for longer tyre sustenance and to match the increased power.

HMRT team director Akkbar Danial said that apart from the technical revisions, the team also perfected its pit stop tactics. Frequencies of training for the crew were increased and all members were given theoretical and practical classes of how the machine works and the pit rules.

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“Over the years, HMRT has proven to be an ideal platform to train and build up skills of Honda associates while honing their capabilities in the motorsports arena. I am pleased to note that 20 out of 36 HMRT members this year were new, which also means that we have effectively added more associates with motorsport skills. Enhancing the skills of Honda associates has always been a core objective at HMRT,” he said.

The win was the team’s second in the annual enduarance racing event. In 2013, HMRT was also the S1K overall winner, with drivers Aaron Lim and Eddie Liew piloting a Honda Jazz to the title.