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Imperatori Champion for Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Round 4

The Round 4 of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, Alexandre Imperatori of PICC Team StarChase continued his aim towards the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia title by taking his fourth victory in as many races.  Despite starting from 8th, under the top eight reverse grid regulation, he not only powered his way into the lead mid-way through the 12-lap race, but had pulled out a margin of almost two seconds by the chequered flag at the Zhuhai International Circuit.

 

 

Second across the line after a truly thrilling race was reigning champion Keita Sawa of the LKM Racing Team, who had overcome a disastrous qualifying session to charge to 7th in Round 3, putting him alongside pole-sitter Davide Rizzo of BBT for the start of Round 4.  Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila took the final podium place, an impressive result having started from the 4th row of the grid.

 

 

Egidio Perfetti of the Seminole Racing Team continued his impressive series debut with his third successive Class B win, with Modena Motorsports’ Wayne Shen in second, and another newcomer, Huang Chu Han in third.

 

Imperatori now has a 20 point lead at the top of the overall championship standings from Sawa, with Benjamin Rouget in third.  Perfetti’s brilliant results give him a 13 point lead from Wayne Shen in Class B, with Zheng Ting third.

 

 

Said Imperatori, who repeated his astonishing performance in Shanghai where he also thundered his way from 8th on the grid to snatch victory:  “I was pushing very hard and on the attack right from the start.  It’s important to do as much as you can as soon as possible before anyone has the chance to pull out a gap.  We honestly didn’t expect to be able to win as it’s very difficult to overtake here, but it went perfectly.”

 

Avila was delighted with his points haul from two podium finishes, and glad he had resisted the temptation to push too hard to overtake Sawa in the closing stages: “Davide (Rizzo) gave us a really good battle, but I was on new tyres and was pushing really hard.  I was looking at overtaking Sawa but I made a mistake on the last corner which could have cost me the race, and we need the points.”

 

Rizzo got away well from pole and held the lead from the charging pack, with Team BetterLife’s Wang Jian Wei mounting an early assault on Team Carrera Cup Asia guest driver Matthew Marsh, getting by to go third on the opening lap.  Imperatori and Avila too were locked in battle from the go, and made contact going into Turn 1, neither sustaining damage.

 

At the end of lap 1, Rizzo held the lead from Sawa, who was hot on his heels, with Wang, Marsh, Team Yongda Dongfang’s Benjamin Rouget in hot pursuit.  Imperatori had begun his climb through the field and was already up to 6th.  Lap 3 saw first Sawa make his move on Rizzo to grab the lead, then Imperatori storm up to 2nd in the order, with Avila in 4th but closing in fast on the Italian.

 

Wang meanwhile was also on a charge, determined to get by Rouget, but it was all for naught when he flat-spotted his tyres and retired with a puncture.

 

Imperatori was unstoppable, closing in to Sawa and diving by to take the lead he would hold until the flag.  Next it was Avila looming large in the mirrors of the reigning champion, the Macau racer having finally got by Rizzo after a superb battle.  Sawa held firm though, and with his priorities set on championship points, Avila settled for 3rd.

 

The next scheduled race for Rounds 5 and 6 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will be held at Ordos International Circuit in Inner Mongolia on 6-8 July 2012.

 

Photo Gallery : 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia – Rounds 3 & 4 @ Zhuhai

 

Toyota Camry 2012 Launched With 2.5V model, 2.0G & 2.0E

The All new Toyota Camry has official launched in Malaysia last Friday (1st of June).  To start off, 3 variants will be available for customers to purchase. The all new 2.5V engine Camry and the 2.0G model and 2.0E model.

 

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The model year 2012 Toyota Camry – code name (XV50), are set to capture their market of spacious, comfort and with a slight touch of luxury. All the Toyota Camry variants now comes with HID Projector headlights with auto leveling function.

 

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This Toyota Camry 2012 2.5V has fitted in with standard aerokit with day light running LED integrated. UMW Toyota’s move is smart to keep up the market trend.  The Camry with the aerokit does stand out more when compare to the one without Camry. The aerokits are optional so customer that wish to go for the either the 2.5V , 2.0G or 2.0E variant that would love to have this additional aerokit, they can do so as an optional accessory from UMW Toyota. 

 

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Overall, the Toyota Camry looks more squarish resembling to it’s more Luxury branded cousin, the Lexus LS range. The tail lights are also fitted with a combination of LED lights for better glow thus better visibility and styling. The all round aerokit it’s more to a personally preference, some customers might find it bulky.

 

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The dashboard looks more refine as compare to the previous generation of Toyota Camry. The 6.1 inch DVD-audio-navigation screen, in car entertainment system are available as an optional purchase. The 2.5V Camry will have additional switches as it will have the integrate Bluetooth Hands free connectivity for mobile phone and cruise control that is available in 2.0G as well.

 

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Inside, the 2.5V and 2.0G Camry will be fitted with leather seats, where as the Toyota Camry 2.0E will be fitted with fabric seats. The seats on the 2.5V and 2.0G are electronic adjustable where as the 2.0E variant will remain as manual adjustable.

 

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The engine of the 2.5V is powered by a 2.5L DUAL VVTI engine. This engine pushes 181PS with 231Nm torque. Mated with a 6 speed automatic gearbox. The 2.5V Camry would be a good tourer car.  However disappointingly the 2.0E and 2.0G are still using the same engine & gearbox with the past 2 generation of Camry but it is said that both engine for the 2.0L and the gearbox has been enhanced.

 

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The manual rear window sun shades and keyless enty with push-start button are only available in the Toyota Camry 2.5V variant.

 

Colours that are available for the new Camry are, White Pearl CSAttitude BlackSilver Metallic & Medium Silver Metallic. Price ranging from RM 149,900.00  for 2.0E , RM 157,900.00 for 2.0G and for the top of the range 2.5V will be RM 180,900.00. I would personally go for the 2.5V Camry variant if i have the bucks simply because it feels more like a completely new Camry, with a new engine and gearbox & the features that is only available on the 2.5V variant.

 

Photo Gallery: 2012 Toyota Camry 2.5V and 2.0G

Marchy Lee Won 1st Place And Leading In Audi R8 LMS Cup Round 3

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Hong Kong driver Marchy Lee of Audi Ultra wins in Round 3 and leading the championship title of the 2012 Audi R8 LMS Cup from the third position pole this afternoon at the Zhuhai International Circuit, China. Second by Hong Kong’s Adderly Fong of KLM Team and China’s Sun Zheng of Team Erdos Xinan. For Amateur Drivers Cup, Taiwan’s Jeffrey Lee of Pauian Archiland J-Fly Racing took fourth position and claimed first in the non-professional category.

 

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When the race starts, Malaysia driver Alex Yoong of Audi GQ lose out by the end of the first lap was third with a four-car battle taking place right behind him – Jeffrey Lee, Team Betterlife driver Wang Jian Wei, Sun and Team Zhe Jiang Aotong driver Han Han swapped places a number of times, catching and piling the pressure on Yoong. The five-car group, sometimes three abreast, was covered by just two seconds.

 

Moreover, the Hong Kong celebrity driver Aaron Kwok spun following an attempted overtaking manoeuvre and hit the barrier. Immediately, Aaron’s car bonnet flew out, radiator burst out and oil leak after the collision. Seconds later, Team Chengdu New Elements driver Hua Xia Wei also spun and hit the barrier. Both cars retired from the race after absorbing heavy impact and both drivers are uninjured.

 

In the 4.3km track at Zhuhai International Circuit, Marchy manage to clocked total 36:03.108 with fastest time of 1:38.078.

 

According to Rene Koneberg – Head of Audi Sport customer racing China during a round table session with International Media, he mentioned that the Audi R8 LMS Cup has already attracted attention far beyond China and Asia. As the Audi’s first-ever one-make series, the Audi R8 LMS Cup opens many opportunities to its drivers, both to amateurs and professionals. Due to strong demand and interest of the Audi R8 LMS Cup in this region, the automaker is facing challenges to facilitate more cars into the race in short-term. In addition, Audi has no planned schedule for the Audi R8 LMS replacement model till date.

 

Results for Round 3 – Audi R8 LMS Cup at ZIC

1. Marchy Lee (HK) Audi Ultra – 36:03.108
2. Adderly Fong (HK) KLM Team - +1.709
3. Sun Zheng (CN) Team Erdos Xinan - +3.058
4. Jeffrey Lee* (TW) Pauian Archiland J-Fly Racing - +3.931
5. Han Han (CN) Team Zhe Jiang Aotong – +1.182
6. Alex Yoong (MY) Audi GQ - +19.645
7. Bryon Tong* (HK) AK Racing - +4.914
8. Hugues Ripert* (HK) Spark Motorsport – +10.372
9. Clifford Chen* (TW) J-Fly Racing Team - +2.054
10. Daniel Bilski* (HK) Audi Driving Dreams - +0.224
11. Zhang Ran* (CN) Audi Castrol - +1.734
12. Adrian Fu* (HK) FuSpeed Racing - +14.006
13. Sun Chao^ (CN) P D Group Team - 1 lap - DND
14. Wang Jian Wei^ (CN) Team Betterlife - 5 laps - DND
15. Aaron Kwok*^ (HK) Team Audi R8 LMS Cup - 13 laps – DND
16. Hua Xia Wei^ (CN) Team Chengdu New Elements – 13 laps – DND

 

* Amateur Drivers
^ Did Not Finish (DNF)

 

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The Round 4 of the Audi R8 LMS Cup will be happening tomorrow at Zhuhai International Circuit. Moving forward, the Rounds 5 & 6 will be held at Ordos International Circuit in Inner Mongolia on 17-19 August 2012. Stay with us for more quick updates about Audi R8 LMS Cup live from Zhuhai, China. More photos will be followed once our man is back home.

2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Round 3 with Multi Car Collision

The Round 3 of 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia was started in Zhuhai International Circuit with a surprise of twelve (12) GT3 Cup cars collided together off the start at Turn 1, which saw the race stopped.

 

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Perhaps because of the incident, Alexandre Imperatori was wheel-perfect as he converted his pole position into a third successive victory in Round 3 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. Second on the podium at the end of the shortened, 9-lap race was Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila. Follow by Benjamin Rouget on third position for new China Porsche dealer team, Team Yongda Dongfang.

 

In Class B, it was a surprised and delighted Egidio Perfetti who took his second win in succession, propelling him to the top of the category leaderboard and fourth overall in the title chase. Perfetti had qualified fifth quickest in Class B. Second was Modena Motorsports’ Wayne Shen of Hong Kong, with series newcomer Zheng Ting taking his maiden series podium with BBT.

 

Imperatori’s win, plus the extra point for pole positions, strengthens his championship lead. Keita Sawa’s extraordinary performance in Round 3, where he came from the back of the grid to finish 7th, sees him maintain his second place in the title chase, albeit now 18 points adrift of Imperatori.

 

Rouget was thrilled to have taken his first Porsche Carrera Cup Asia podium finish, and relieved to have avoided the incident at the start: “I was really focused on my own performance, but I saw three cars in front of me spin and just avoided the incident. Someone touched me, but luckily there was only slight damage.”

 

Perfetti said, “I’m a little surprised as I didn’t qualify well. I survived the start and then after the re-start I really got it going and was doing faster laps than in qualifying. I hope to keep this going!”

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The race was stopped, and marshals worked came to clear the track of collided cars and debris. Restarting under the Safety Car, Imperatori took the chance began pulling out a lead with a margin of more than four seconds.

 

Avila held on to second from Rouget, while behind them guest driver Matthew Marsh was piling the pressure onto Team Betterlife’s Wang Jian Wei. Behind them, the action continued, with reigning champion Keita Sawa, who had adeptly avoided the earlier pile-up, climbing from the back of the grid to cross the line 7th, having got by BBT driver Davide Rizzo in the closing stages of the race.

 

I believe it will be more excitement on tomorrow at Zhuhai International Circuit for Round 4. Davide Rizzo will be starting from pole, with LKM Racing Team’s Sawa alongside. Championship leader Imperatori will start from the fourth row alongside Avila, setting the stage for a heart-pumping start.

Audi R8 LMS Cup Rounds 3 & 4 Preview From Zhuhai

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We can feel it will be a competitive start for the Audi R8 LMS Cup Rounds 3 & 4 at Zhuhai International Circuit later tomorrow. So far, Alex Yoong leads the battle for the inaugural championship title.

Audi GQ driver Alex Yoong of Malaysia will be looking to increase his six-point championship lead in Zhuhai. will be looking to increase his six-point championship lead in Zhuhai. However, 22-year old rising star Adderly Fong of Hong Kong with KLM Team, whose gutsy performance in just his second career sportscar race saw him grab victory in Round 2, is just as determined to make a name for himself in the high-profile series. Three points behind Fong is fellow Hong Kong driver Marchy Lee with Audi Ultra.

The rivalry between Yoong, Fong and Lee is set to intensify in Zhuhai, but there is plenty of talent amongst the 16-strong field ready and able to upset the trio’s party.

Having already captivated both the Asian racing fraternity and motorsport fans across the region, the highly-competitive Audi R8 LMS Cup field welcomes racer, novelist and blogger Han Han with Team Zhe Jiang Aotong for Rounds 3 & 4 this weekend.

Highly-acclaimed singer and actor Aaron Kwok, the official driver with Team Audi R8 LMS Cup, leads the Amateur category, having proven his racing mettle with a class win in Round 2.

Making their debuts in Zhuhai in the Amateur category will be Frenchman Hugues Ripert with Spark Motorsport, Daniel Bilski of Hong Kong with Audi Driving Dreams and Clifford Chen of Chinese Taipei with J-Fly Racing Team. Chen will share racing duties on the team this season with Eric Hsiang.

Three titles will be up for grabs in 2012: The Audi R8 LMS Cup overall title, an Amateur category, and a Teams award, with each round points-scoring.

Rounds 3&4 Entry List:

No.1/Marchy LEE (HKG)/Audi Ultra
No.3/Hugues RIPERT (FRA)/Spark Motorsport/Am
No.6/HAN Han (CHN)/Team Zhe Jiang Aotong
No.7/Jeffrey LEE (TPE)/Pauian Archiland J-Fly Racing/Am
No.8/Alex YOONG (MAL)/Audi GQ
No.9/WANG Jian Wei (CHN)/Team Betterlife
No.13/Adrian FU (HKG)/FuSpeed Racing/Am
No.23/Byron TONG (HKG)/AK Racing/Am
No.27/Daniel BILSKI (HKG)/Audi Driving Dreams/Am
No.33/SUN Zheng (CHN)/Team Erdos Xinan
No.66/ZHANG Ran (CHN)/Audi Castrol/Am
No.68/Adderly FONG (HKG)/KLM Team
No.75/Clifford CHEN (TPE)/J-Fly Racing Team/Am
No.77/SUN Chao (CHNG)/P D GROUP Audi Team
No.88/Aaron KWOK (HKG)/Team Audi R8 LMS Cup/Am
No.99/HUA Xia Wei (CHN)/Team Chengdu New Elements

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Extends the Nissan ‘Test Drive & Win’ With ‘Test Drive & Continue To Win’ Campaign

After a three rounds of Nissan ‘Test Drive & Win’ campaign which held since last year, Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) today launched the ‘Test Drive & Continue To Win’ campaign to reward even more Malaysian Nissan fans from 1st June until 31st August 2012.

 

 

This campaign, a sequel from its highly successful ‘Test Drive & Win’ campaign aims to reward more Nissan supporters with exciting prizes. The 3-month long campaign will be divided into 3 draws which each draw having 10 lucky winners. Therefore, do not miss out on this opportunity as there are 30 units of the New iPAD 16GB Wifi to be won!

 

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Executive Director of ETCM, Dato’ Dr. Ang Bon Beng was impressed with the public response received from the last campaign and commented, “With the overwhelming response and support we have received from our Nissan fans in the last campaign, we are now back with ‘Test Drive & Continue To Win’ to offer even more chances for everyone to win more prizes by just test driving any Nissan vehicle from June until August 2012.”

 

This campaign is open to all Malaysians. One will just need to test drive any Nissan vehicles at Nissan/ ETCM showrooms or participating authorised dealers within the stipulated campaign period. By doing that, he or she will get one entry for the campaign and those who register their new Nissan during the campaign period will get two entries.

2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Rounds 3 & 4 On This Coming Weekend At Zhuhai International Circuit, China

On this coming weekend, the Rounds 3 and 4 of this year’s Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will take place at the 4.3km Zhuhai International Circuit, China.

 

 

The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is always an exciting GT3 race to catch on and I will be there to watch the race this time. As usual, the exceptional Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car grid features an unrivalled line-up of international professionals and exciting newcomers, all eager to prove their mettle against seasoned veterans.

 

 

Topping the leaderboard as the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia heads to Zhuhai is PICC Team StarChase driver Alexandre Imperatori, whose impressive pole position and two race wins in Shanghai makes the 24-year-old the driver to beat. With new reverse grid regulations for race two, the Shanghai-based Swiss star put on a dazzling display as he maneuvered his way through the hard-charging pack to grab his second victory of the weekend. Having seized victory in the opening rounds, Imperatori’s rivals are determined to break his six-race winning streak, which began last August, and turn the tables in Zhuhai.

 

Said reigning Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion, LKM Racing’s Keita Sawa of Japan, currently second in the overall title race: “Defending the championship is not going to be easy with so much talent and experience this season. Alexandre has so far set the pace, and now I must step up to the challenge and find a way to make up the seven points which separate our team and first place.”

 

Sportscar and series newcomer Tung Ho-Ping, racing with Budweiser Team StarChase, lies third in the points. Tung’s eighth-place finish in Round 1 gave him pole position for the second race, where he took the final podium place. 

 

Fourth in the standings after a strong debut is fellow series newcomer, Benjamin Rouget of France with Team Yongda Dongfang, one of three new Porsche China dealer team entries. Also expected to be right on the pace in Zhuhai are Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila of Macau, and talented Austrian Martin Ragginger with new Porsche China dealer Team Eagle – Jiejun & Junbaojie.

 

At the wheel of the Team Carrera Cup Asia Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will be guest driver and 2004 champion Matthew Marsh.

 

Reigning Class B champion, Wang Jian Wei of Team Betterlife, will be on the hunt for his first overall podium finish in Zhuhai, while Italian Davide Rizzo returns to the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia in Zhuhai, having won five Class B races in his Porsche Carrera Cup Asia debut in 2011. 

 

Fifth overall and second in the Class B title fight, one point behind Rizzo’s BBT team mate Anthony Liu of China, is series newcomer Egidio Perfetti with Seminole Racing Team. The Singapore-based driver made a stunning debut in Shanghai, with a second-place finish in Round 1 and his first Porsche Carrera Cup Asia victory in Round 2. Currently third in Class B is Wayne Shen with Modena Motorsports, whose exciting battle with on-track rival Francis Tjia of OpenRoad Racing in Round 2 saw him earn the final Class B podium place.

 

 

Qualifying and Round 3 of the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will be held on Saturday, June 2, while Round 2, where the top eight finishers in the first race will be reversed on the grid, will be held on Sunday, June 3.

 

Rounds 3&4 – Provisional Entry List

No.1/Keita SAWA (JPN)/LKM Racing Team

No. 3/*Matthew MARSH (HKG)/A/Team Carrera Cup Asia

No. 5/Yuey TAN (SIN)/B/McElrea Racing

No. 6/ZHENG Ting (CHN)/B/BBT

No. 8/Benjamin ROUGET (FRA)/Team Yongda Dongfang

No. 9/WANG Jian Wei (CHN)/Team Betterlife

No. 11/Ringo CHONG (SIN)/Team Kangshun

No. 16/Wayne SHEN (HKG)/B/Modena Motorsport

No. 18/Marcel TJIA (HKG)/B/OpenRoad-ART Motorsports

No. 20/Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)/Team Jebsen

No. 21/Francis TJIA (HKG)/B/OpenRoad Racing

No. 23/Paul TRESIDDER (AUS)/B/Hewlett Motorsport

No. 25/Christian CHIA (CAN)/B/OpenRoad-ART Motorsports

No. 27/Adrian Henry D’SILVA (MAS)/B/Nexus Racing

No. 28/John SHEN (HKG)/B/Modena Motorsports

No. 31/*TBC/PS Racing

No. 37/Davide RIZZO (ITA)/BBT

No. 55/*Sean HE/PS Racing

No. 66/Rose TAN (CHN)/Team C&D 

No. 68/MAK Hing Tak (HKG)/B/OMAK

No. 78/ZHANG Da Sheng (CHN)/Team Basetex

No. 81/HUANG Chu Han (CHN)/B/Hede

No. 83/Dr. MA Chi Min (HKG)/B/Dr. Ma Chi Min

No. 86/Martin RAGGINGER (AUT)/Team Eagle – Jiejun & Junbaojie

No. 88/Egidio PERFETTI (SUI)/B/Seminole Racing Team

No. 96/LI Chao (CHN)/B/Asia Racing Team/Team JR

No. 98/Ho-Pin TUNG (CHN)/Budweiser Team StarChase

No. 99/Alexandre IMPERATORI (HKG)/PICC Team StarChase

 

*Non series registered

 

Points after Round 2

Overall

Pos

Comp

No

Driver

Entrant

Points

1

99

Alexandre IMPERATORI

PICC Team StarChase

41

2

1

Keita SAWA

LKM Racing Team

34

3

98

Tung Ho-Pin

Budweiser Team StarChase

25

4

8

Benjamin ROUGET

Team Yongda Dongfang

24

5

88

Egidio PERFETTI

Seminole Racing Team

22

 

Class B

Pos

Comp

No

Driver

Entrant

Points

1

37

Anthony LIU Xu

BBT

39

2

88

Egidio PERFETTI

Seminole Racing Team

38

3

16

Wayne SHEN

Modena Motorsports

30

4

25

Christian CHIA

OpenRoad by ART Motorsport

21

5

6

ZHENG Ting

BBT

18

 

23

Paul TRESSIDER

Hewlett Motorsport

18

 

Proton’s Group Managing Director Dato’ Sri Haji Syed Zainal Abidin Resigns

The Launch of Proton Preve

 

Another breaking news from Proton, or rather something that the fellow media and public would expect soon the day will come. Our beloved Proton Group MD, Dato’ Sri Haji Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir has tender his resignation as Proton Group Managing Director. This will take effect on 4th July 2012. Approximately 5 weeks from now. Throughout the 6 years serving for Proton, we have seen some remarkable improvement & planning done in Proton Group.

 

Proton’s press statement stated, Dato’ Sri Haji Syed Zainal Abidin which to pursue his own interests that is reason behind for this resignation. Also along the news, the Chief Financial Officer Encik Azhar bin Othman has also tender it’s resignation to serve Proton.

 

Following the departure of Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal, the Executive Chairman of PROTON, Dato’ Sri Haji Mohd Khamil Jamil, will continue leadership role in steering the Company forward.

 

We met Dato’ Sri Haji Syed Zainal Abidin a couple of times, it is our opinion to say, Dato’ Sri is a nice chatter, and a confident leader. Attending recent events like the Proton Preve launch, we also notice that Proton’s staff show much support to Dato’ Sri Haji Syed Zainal Abidin. Nevertheless, We at Fastmotoring.com wishes Dato’ Sri all the best and we hope to see you contribute your expertise and experience in Malaysia’s automotive industry again.

Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo 2012 Sepang, Malaysia

Lamborghini together with Luxury Swiss watchmaker Blancpain make their first debut of Asia Series for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo race. The race has been receiving well response from the public and it’s already the 4th year over in Europe. The race can be participate individually or in team of 2 will be using the Lamborghini Gallardo based Lamborghini Super Trofeo race car in the world’s fastest one-make race series.

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Drivers from across countries in Asia, like Malaysia itself, Singapore, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong & Japan came with their bespoke Lamborghini Super Trofeo race car to take on in 2 fiercely competitive race. “The Super Trofeo Asia Series is an important milestone for our company” said Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann. “Lamborghini is already well- known for its iconic supercars, but now we are also excited to share our passion for motorsports with other enthusiasts across Asia. We are also thrilled to have such an international group of drivers, and we look forward to follow them throughout the Series as they experience Lamborghini in its most extreme form.”

 

Not just the race was happening in Sepang Malaysia, Lamborghini has also partner with  Blancpain, the prestigious Swiss watchmaker to showcase both companies products and allow customers to have experience  in the event. Blancpain is also the European Series’ title sponsor, this is Blancpain first sponsored  Series in Asia.

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As mentioned the Lamborghini Super Trofeo is based on a racing version of the Gallardo LP560-4 and demonstrating once more its advanced precision engineering and fascinating design aesthetic. The lightweight version of the road-going Gallardo LP 560-4, the Super Trofeo race car comes complete with a reworked chassis and a power output of 419 kW from its V10 engine. The race car features Lamborghini’s permanent four-wheel drive and comes eguipped with leading safety features, including an FIA FT-3 fuel cell, a full roll cage, a new Brembo Racing brake system and compatibility with HANS safety devices.

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Typical of Lamborghini, the Super Trofeo’s bodyshell is not only extremely light but also exceptionally safe. Boasting tremendous torsional stiffness, the Super Trofeo maintains outstanding handling. Carbon-fibre composite features heavily in the bodyshell’s construction, forming the front skirt, splitter, rear bonnet, front compartment cover, side skirts, diffuser, rear skirt and large rear wing. The rear wing can also be repositioned to suit the requirements of different race tracks and environments, while all the race car’s windscreens and windows are made from Makrolon lightweight hi-tech polycarbonate. Complementing its carbon-fibre black Alcantara panels, the Super Trofeo comes equipped with one low-mounted racing bucket seat, produced in light and stiff Kevlar carbon-fibre composite, providing perfect ergonomic support to the driver, who is then secured into position by a six-point racing harness.

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The Series’ debut in Sepang was held successfully alongside the famous Malaysian Super Series. Throughout the rest of the Super Trofeo Asia Series, Lamborghini and its watch partner will be working in conjunction with other major racing events across Asia, such as Formula Nippon in Japan, and Audi Pandelta Race in Zhuhai, China culminating in a big season finale in Shanghai in November with a Group final (Lamborghini ST, Audi R8 LMS Cup, VW Scirocco Cup Asia and Porsche Cup Asia).

 

Team from China won both races in Sepang, Malaysia last weekend.

Race 1 Results

1. Liu / Rizzo (#37), China
2. Wiser (#66), China
3. Charlz (#99), Singapore
4. Shigeru / Hideto (#10), Japan
5. Chan / Tse (#88), Hong Kong
6. Chou / Chen (#6), China
7. Chen (#3), China
8. Choi / Lau (#8), Hong Kong
9. Henry / Se (#22), China
10. Motoaki (#12), Japan
11. Cheng / Lok (#2), China
12. Wong / Hui (#23), Thailand
13. Chao / Lin (#38), Taiwan
14. Kai / Dong (#7), China
15. Ramli (#9), Malaysia
16. Lu (#36), Taiwan
17. Yeo (#11). China
18. Lu (#1), China

 

Race 2 Results

1. Liu / Rizzo (#37), China
2. Charlz (#99), Singapore
3. Wiser (#66), China
4. Chan / Tse (#88), Hong Kong
5. Shigeru / Hideto (#10), Japan
6. Xu / Zhang (#7), China
7. Chou / Chen (#6), China
8. Chen (#3), China
9. Motoaki (#12), Japan
10. Wong / Hui (#24), Thailand
11. Chao / Lin (#38), Taiwan
12. Henry / Se (#22), China
13. Cheng / Lok (#2), China
14. Choi / Lau (#8), Hong Kong
15. Lu (#36), Taiwan
16. Yeo (#11), China
17. Ramli (#9), Malaysia
18. Lu (#1), China

 

Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Malaysia 2012 Race Photos

Dany Bahar Suspended as Group Lotus CEO by Proton

Today, Proton has confirmed that the Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, Dany Bahar has been temporarily suspended from his role to facilitate an investigation into a complaint about his conduct made by Lotus’ penultimate parent company, DRB-HICOM Berhad.

 

 

Based on the Press Release, Dato’ Lukman Ibrahim, Mr Mohd Khalid Yusof and Mr Aslam Farikullah (representatives of Lotus’ parent companies) have been authorised by Group Lotus plc’s board to handle and conduct the day-to-day management and affairs of the Lotus Group during the the absence of Mr Bahar’s. They will be assisted by Mr Rusman Zaihan. They have been authorised to take up these duties during the suspension period.

 

Furthermore, Proton also confirmed that its holding company DRB-HICOM is not selling Lotus, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Proton, despite the recent media reports on speculation and rumours coming from unreliable sources on the purported intent to sell.

 

According to Executive Chairman of Proton Dato’ Sri Haji Mohd Khamil Jamil, “We acknowledge that Lotus can provide value to Proton. Lotus is an iconic brand with global presence and positioning, coupled with unsurpassed engineering expertise and a talented workforce.”

 

He added, “Both Proton and DRB-HICOM will continue to review the existing business plans and financial position of Lotus in taking Lotus forward in the immediate- to medium-term. DRB-HICOM has sent in a team comprising local and international consultants to Lotus from March 2012 to conduct an operations and legal audit on Lotus group of companies.”

 

Unfortunately, there is no statement in the press release from the Managing Director of Proton, Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal Abidin regarding this incident.
 

The need for this review is especially pertinent in light of the existing financial obligation of Lotus in the form of a £270 million syndicated loan taken at the end of 2010 which we reported it here. The six financial institutions acting as lenders are CIMB Bank, Malayan Banking Berhad, Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited, Export-Import Bank of Malaysia Berhad, Affin Bank Berhad and EON Bank Berhad (now known as Hong Leong Bank after merging).

WWW Malaysia Car Plate Successful Bidder List

Malaysia Road Ministry rather known as as JPJ from the locals, has open bidding for the car plate number “WWW”. This symbolize the short code for the World Wide Web or some Chinese local believe the triple W simply means “Wong Wong Wong”  indirect translate to have good luck and prosperous.

 

The highest bidder won the bid for “WWW 1″ which costs RM 520,000 about ( USD 165,563 ) . Having said that the lowest bidder can be just around few hundred dollars in local currency. Here we include the list of numbers that has been tender from public for your references. Other numbers that is not in the list will be available for purchase estimated from 15 June 2012. 

 

 

Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3 Race Car at the GT Asia Series Rounds 1 & 2

It is an exciting weekend at least for us about the Malaysia Super Series with two dramatic races for the Audi R8 LMS Cup entry in the opening rounds of the GT Asia Series.

 

2012 Audi R8 LMS Ultra by Team Audi R8 LMS Cup for GT Asia Series

 

We are privileged to get an exclusive invitation from Audi R8 LMS Cup to witness the race and meet the drivers for Rounds 1 & 2 of the GT Asia Series at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia. The team Audi R8 LMS Cup contest the race with the latest 2012 Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3 racing car.

 

2012 Audi R8 LMS Ultra by Team Audi R8 LMS Cup for GT Asia Series

 

According to Marchy during a casual interview with us, the new 2012 Audi R8 LMS is packed with better performance, a wider body, maximum downforce and aerodynamics for superior handling. In other words, this new R8 LMS Cup Ultra is getting even more serious and faster than before. This car is also similar to the one which competes on last weekend’s Nürburgring 24 Hours.

 

2012 Audi R8 LMS Ultra by Team Audi R8 LMS Cup for GT Asia Series

 

The best lap in Sepang International Circuit by Team Audi R8 LMS Cup was clocked at 2.10.951.

 

2012 Audi R8 LMS Ultra by Team Audi R8 LMS Cup for GT Asia Series 2012 Audi R8 LMS Ultra by Team Audi R8 LMS Cup for GT Asia Series

 

The latest 2012 specification version of Audi R8 LMS ultra is powered by a 5.2-litre V10 engine with 570hp. The car received a pair of CFRP (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic) doors, a new PS1 safety seat, a new exhaust system and a revised 6 speed sequential transmission.

 

A larger engine oil and transmission oil cooler have been added to improve the entire cooling efficiency. Moreover, the air vents is now larger after the oil cooler for the steering hydraulics that used to be installed at the front is now located in the vehicle’s mid-section.

 

2012 Audi R8 LMS Ultra by Team Audi R8 LMS Cup for GT Asia Series 2012 Audi R8 LMS Ultra by Team Audi R8 LMS Cup for GT Asia Series

 

From the outside, the 2012 Audi R8 LMS Ultra is wider than before, a new rear wing, and a new front plate with optimized diffusion under the front end. In addition, the car fits on wider 12″ front wheels.

 

2012 Audi R8 LMS Ultra by Team Audi R8 LMS Cup for GT Asia Series

 

The race for Rounds 1 & 2 for the Audi R8 LMS Cup entry in the opening rounds of the GT Asia Series saw drivers Jeffrey Lee of Chinese Taipei and Marchy Lee of Hong Kong finish twice on the podium, with Marchy leading the drivers classification after earning an extra point for fastest lap in the first qualifying session. Jeffrey is one point behind and tied for second place. So far, the team leads championship by one point.

 

Each GT Asia race will be 40 to 60 minutes in duration with a rolling start. While driver changes are permitted, each driver scores his own points for the championship title.

 

Next up for the official Audi R8 LMS Cup entry is Rounds 3 & 4 of the GT Asia Series from June 9-10 at the Sepang International Circuit. The series then moves to Japan for races at Fuji, Suzuka and Autopolis, before concluding the season as part of the Macau GT Cup at the 59th Macau Grand Prix.

 

Photo Gallery: 2012 Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3 Race Car for GT Asia Series

Mazda CX-5 Receives 5 Star Euro NCAP Safety Rating

Mazda’s all-new CX-5, launched in Europe in February 2012 and also recently launched in Malaysia, has been awarded the maximum five-star rating by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).

 

Mazda CX-5

 

This rating, alongside being named a “Top Safety Pick 2012″ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States last March, confirms the all-new CX-5, which employs Mazda’s new lightweight, highly rigid SKYACTIV-BODY, as among the safest cars in the world.

 

 

Since 2009, the Euro NCAP rating system awards an overall rating from zero to five stars. The rating is composed of scores in four categories; adult occupant protection (50%), child occupant protection (20%), pedestrian protection (20%) and safety assist (10%). The ratings in each category are based on the following tests: frontal impact at 64km/h, Car-to-car side impact at 50km/h, Pole side impact at 29km/h, Whiplash from rear end impact and pedestrian protection, and evaluation of the Electronic Stability Control (ESC). To be awarded a five-star rating cars must achieve high normalized scores in all four test categories. The CX-5 scored amongst the top performers in the small off-road 4×4 category despite the introduction in 2012 of higher standards in the pedestrian protection category and overall rating.

 

The CX-5 is the third Mazda to earn the Euro NCAP five-star rating since the introduction of the new rating system in 2009. It follows the European-spec Mazda6 (JDM known as Atenza) and the Mazda3 (JDM known as Axela).

 

Mazda CX-5

 

The CX-5 is the first of Mazda’s new generation of products to employ the lightweight, highly rigid SKYACTIV-BODY. Mazda engineers redesigned the body from scratch, rethinking the fundamental principles of structure, materials, and manufacturing methods, with the aim of the developing the ideal vehicle body. High tensile steel comprises 61% of the body and the bumper beams, which fit inside the front and rear bumpers, are made from 1,800 Mpa class steel—strongest in the world used in automobiles. Through this process Mazda achieved a body which is both extremely lightweight and exhibits excellent crash safety performance.

 

Photo Gallery: 2012 Mazda CX-5

Inflatable Fun Fair With ETCM For 2012 National Youth Day

In Support of National Youth Day 2012, Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) take part this event which is organized by the Secretariat of Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia starting from 23rd May 2012 to 27th May 2012 from 9am to 9pm in Putra Jaya. 

 

 

“The idea of working with young people, communities, business and philanthropy to achieve the best outcomes for young people outlines the vision of ETCM. We aim to create more opportunities for new partnerships to be developed that will encourage innovative ideas and higher standards of corporate responsibility. The Government is committed to improving the lives of young people, therefore, we appreciate the opportunity to be part this effort” said Dato’ Dr. Ang Bon Beng, the Executive Director of ETCM. 

 

 

In conjunction with the ‘Hari Belia Negara’ (National Youth Day) 2012, ETCM has set-up an exciting ‘ETCM Inflatable Fun City’ at Presint 2 (beside JPN building) to engage with the youth. Feel free to drop by and experience these games such as “Shoot to Goal’, ‘Basket the Balls’, ‘Rugby Goal’ and ‘Gladiator Challenge’. For all Nissan lovers, there will be a road show to display the latest Nissan line-ups at the same spot too! We believe that your kids will be enjoying bouncing around while you checking out the new Nissan cars.

Union Takes Tough Stance Against German Carmakers And Threaten To Strike Over Wage Demands

If you are considering to buying a German-built car, you might need to act fast before shortage. Do you know that the German auto workers are some of the highest paid in the automotive world and work only 35 hours per week?

 

 

The Europe’s largest industrial union, IG Metall is now gearing up for a confrontation after a several rounds of negotiation over wage demands. Besides, the union has produced little movement and a round of warning strike earlier this month at several companies like Porsche, BMW and Daimler.

 

Despite the German economy showing signs of slow growth, the union is pushing for a 6.5% pay increase and rejected a 3% pay increase over the next 14 months.

 

“We still have no enduring solutions in sight in regards to issues of temporary workers and guarantees of permanent contracts for people completing apprenticeships,” IG Metall noted in a statement after the discussion broke off last week.

 

In addition, the union negotiators appear to have taken a stand on placing limits on the use of contract workers and subcontractors in auto plants in southern Germany operated by Porsche, Daimler and BMW. Like other carmakers around the world, German manufacturers have used subcontractors to compensate the high labour costs.

 

According to the source, many German carmakers have shift more work to North America and Eastern Europe where wages and benefits are typically far lower and it provisional helps to compensate the high labour costs.