Saturday, 12 February 2011
In their own unique way and colourful start, Japan’s 24-hour Endurance K4GP gets under way at Sepang Circuit with a total of 45 cars with SIC Chief Exective Officer Datuk Ahmad Razlan Ahmad Razali and driver for car #69 performing the ceremonial flag-off at 12 noon.
As he puts the chequered flag down, co-drivers of the respective teams – all dressed in funny, some even outrageous, raced to their cars in a Le-Mans Endurance starting style; snapping away the starting grid labels off the windscreens to allow their lead drivers – all in full racing gears – to start the race.
From a guy in a bikini, another strapped in a towel, Spiderman suit, the traditional Baju Melayu and plenty of lady drivers in Halloween costumes and cartoon characters, it was a colourful and festive atmosphere at the grid as the compact cars – all under 880cc – made off to the first turn and start their quest to cover as many laps as possible under 24 hours with 360 liters of fuel.
There was no limit to the number of drivers for each car and this year’s race has attracted a total 270 drivers and they would take turns to complete their assignment.
Divided in five categories – from GP-2 to GP-5, the race ends at 12 noon tomorrow.
For more details, contact SIC Head of Corporate Communications Azhar Ghazali at 019-3837865 or the National Press Officer Norlina Ayob at 019-3174555.