Raise your national flags with pride ladies and gents! Sepang International Circuit plays host to the World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) finale this weekend under its newly flood lit race track.
Doing our nation proud this weekend will be Mitchell Cheah, Hafizh Syahrin and Douglas Khoo! Mitchell Cheah is a 21 year old racing driver who steps into the Team Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR for the first time and debuts in WTCR. He has previously driven at TCR Germany and took on the challenge of WTCR thanks to the Sepang International Circuit Talent Development Program. When asked regarding his debut as a wildcard in this weekends race, Cheah is focused on getting to grips with the WTCR car, rules, competitive nature and not getting in the way of the championship leaders.
At the helm of an identical Hyundai will be MotoGP rider Hafizh Syahrin. Yea you read that right! Thanks to the SIC Talent Development Programme, two wheeled hero Syahrin will be hoping off his crotch rocket and getting into the angry four-wheeler for Team Englster. Testing earlier this week had proved hugely successful for Syahrin so it’s safe to say that all eyes will be on him for his performance. It will be a mentally and physically challenging weekend for Hafizh however due to him racing in Round 2 of 2019/20 FIM Endurance World Championship. The MotoGP season wrapped up just a last weekend, meaning Hafizh Syahrin’s physique is being put to the test!
As for the WTCR title fight, the game is certainly on between the top four point holders Norbert Michelisz (326), Esteban Guerrieri (311), Yvan Muller(305), and Thed Björk (288). We asked Esteban Guerrieri if the point difference matters to him going into the final round. “We always race hard and fight professionally on the track so the points do not matter”. Both Michelisz and Guerrieri will be battling for their first WTCR title.
The 8 Hours of Sepang begins at 13h00 on Saturday 14 December with the three races of WTCR / OSCARO scheduled for 15h15, 18h15 and 20h10 on Sunday 15 December.
The new floodlights create bewitching sight when the sun starts to set and it will be further enjoyed on Sunday during Race 3 of WTCR that starts at 8pm. Be there to watch the door to door action and catch championship fight live!
Saturday 14 December
EWC 8 Hours of Sepang warm-up: 09h00-09h45
EWC 8 Hours of Sepang: 13h00-21h00
Sunday 15 December
WTCR Race of Malaysia Race 1: 15h15 (9 laps)
WTCR Race of Malaysia Race 2: 18h15 (9 laps)
WTCR Race of Malaysia Race 3: 20h10 (12 laps)