Date posted on September 5, 2008 · Published by Mark Goddard
The twelve hour endurance race held at the Sepang F1 Circuit was the first foray for Eurasia Motorsport into GT racing and an 8th overall finish was more than the driver line-up had expected.
The Porsche 997 Cup car was entered under the car owner’s Razlan Razali’s Pineapple Motorsports banner with Razlan, Brett Odgers and Tommy Lee as drivers. Whilst Tommy Lee has great experience of the MME, winning the race twice, this would be Brett’s first ever car race and Razlan boasts just one years car racing experience. Coupled with an entry that featured many more powerful cars a top ten finish was targeted for the race.
The team was extremely pleased to qualify 9th overall, a great achievement especially for the two novice drivers, but the elation was short lived as half hour into the race itself Tommy Lee was hit up the back by a slower car he had just lapped and the resultant pit stop for repairs dropped the car to 29th position. Razlan did a stirling job handing the car to Brett Odgers after his first stint in 10th place. Brett drove extremely well to hand over to Tommy in 4th place. The latter had a the car as high as third place, a fantastic achievement, but as night fell the team was forced to repair the lights damaged in the earlier incident. This dropped the car down to 19th place and after another good drive by Razlan and a heroic effort from Tommy the car was back up to 8th when it was handed to Brett to bring the car home in that position.
An extremely happy Razlan reported “We as drivers did our part but equally and just as important is the dedication and work of our mechanics, crew and strategy by our Race Director, Martin Quick. Without a good and capable team, we will not be where we finished.”
Eurasia Motorsport is expanding and will run more cars in GT racing. “We are not only looking at the MME but also at the Asian Super Car Challenge ” reported Martin Quick.