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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Merdeka Endurace Race (MMER) will be renamed Sepang 12-Hour Race next year.
When the event was first introduced in 2000, it was known as the Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race. Since then, the race has been staged 14 times with the latest action taking place at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) last weekend.
SIC chief operating officer Sharmila Nadarajah said they hoped the name change would make the race more marketable in line with other prestigious 12-hour races.
“Races like the Bathurst 12-Hour in Australia and Sebring 12-Hour in the United States are easily recognisable through their names and that is what we hope to achieve,” added Sharmila.
To make the event known internationally, SIC roped in renowned race promoter Pacific Project Management to woo the world’s top endurance teams.
Four classes – GT3, GT Cup, Sport Production and Touring Production – were staged this year.
The race attracted 34 cars including top teams like AF Course Ferrari, Lago Racing, Absolute Racing, LKM Racing and regulars like Clearwater Racing, which took the coveted crown through the partnership of Australian Craig Baird, Japan’s Hiroshi Hamaguchi and Singaporean Mok Weng Sun.
“With the success we are having now, we are confident of seeing more GT3 entries next year. We also hope to have more Porsches and Audis competing in the GT Cup,” said Sharmila.
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