Leona leads team to win Sepang 1,000km race


Driving force: Leona Chin (left) and Akina Teo are part of the five-man team for the race.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s top female driver Leona Chin stole the limelight once again when she inspired her privateer team to glory in the Sepang 1,000km Endurance (S1K) Race.

Driving a Suzuki Swift, her co-drivers Akina Teo, Tham Yik Hoon, Adrian Chong and Mohd Nasri ruled the M-Production (with modification) category by completing the 181-lap race at the Sepang International Circuit on Saturday in 8’51:43.

Tedco Racing (Honda Jazz) with Yee Kok Jun, Mah Siew Chean, Foo Yung Chieh and Aaron Lim crossed the finish line in 8’52:29 to emerge runners-up.

The final podium spot went to Hayden Haikal and Timothy Yeo of Wing Hin Motorsports (Toyota Yaris).

The duo had initially won the race with 8’49:44 but were demoted to third after breaching multiple race rules.

Leona was over the moon with the victory.

“We are happy to have won it. It’s been a dramatic race, one that we will cherish.”

R Engineering HMRT (Honda Jazz) which featured Lai Wee Sing, Salvin Damian Wong, won the S-Production (without modification) category in 8’51:22.

Their teammates Chiow Teck Song-Putera Adam made it a 1-2 finish coming in at 8’52:27.

The S1K was making a comeback after a one-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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