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Thursday August 29, 2013 MYT 9:08:00 PM
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PETALING JAYA: Nismo Athlete Global Team are set to make their debut in the Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race (MMER) at the Sepang International Circuit this weekend.
The exciting synergy between Malaysian-based Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd and Nissan Motorsports, or better known as Nismo, will see the team participaing in the GT3 class as part of the Nismo Global Driver Exchange to unite Nismo drivers from all over the world.
“We want to bring together their global variety of experience and knowledge and increase that further, while at the same time providing the drivers with more opportunities,” said Nismo corporate vice-president Toshikazu Tanaka.
The team will be fielding Super GT driver Katsumasa Chiyo, Belgium’s Wolfgang Reip and Mark Shulzhitskiy of Russia in the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, which is the only Japanese GT3 spec machine in the race.
“We think that it’s capable of competing at the same level as the powerful cars from their European and American counterparts. The race is a challenge, and we’re definitely going to fight all the way to the finish,” Tanaka said.
Local flavour in the race will be pinned on several names, including Dominic Ang (Petronas Syntium Team) and Alex Yoong (AF Course) in the GT3 class.
Other categories in the 12-hour endurance race that will be flagged off on Saturday midnight are Touring Production, Sports Production and GT Cup.
Support races in the event include Asia Classic Car Challenge (ACCC), Ferrari Challenge and the Audi R8 LMS Cup, which boasts Hong Kong superstar Aaron Kwok as one of its competitors.
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