Where: Sepang, Malaysia. When: 2012-05-27. Author: Malaysian Super Series.
Super GT driver Cyndie Allemann became the first female race car driver to win at the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) as the Craft Eurasia Racing driver swept aside her rivals at Sepang Circuit today in a newly introduced 60-minute endurance race at the series.
Partnering Hong Kong’s Samson Chan in a Ginetta G50Z GT3 machine, the duo completed 25 laps in 1 hour 1 minute 10 seconds around the 5.543-km circuit under scorching heat to top the GT Class at Round 2 of the series.
Craft Eurasia Racing Team also took second place through a Hong Kong and Japanese partnership of Frank Yu and Hideto Yasuoka, who also completed 25 laps but finishing 44 seconds behind the winners.
“Naturally, I am very happy as it was a very hard race and it was very hot out there. But, I am even happier as it was very good training for me in preparation for the Super GT race here in Sepang in two weeks,” said the 26-year old Cyndie, who partners Akiro Suzuki in an Audi R8 LMS in the Japanese series. Sepang will host round 3 of the Super GT 2012 championship from June 8 to 10.
“I hope the win today will spur me to another victory at the Super GT. I am really looking forward to the race,” said Cyndie, who took ninth and 15th placing in the GT300 class in the opening two rounds respectively, scoring points in her very first race in the Super GT series. Growing up in a family of racers, Cyndie is a full time professional driver with her family in Switzerland running a top go-kart team named Spirit Karting.
The GT Open Class was won by Eric Lo of Hong Kong; who completed 25 laps in his Ferrari F430 GT3 car. Malaysian Adrian d’Silva took second for the class in his Honda Integra with Shaun Thong coming third. The Sports Production class was topped by former national jetskier Zen Low, who drove his Lotus for Team FX Primus Aylezo to complete 23 laps; finishing ahead of Singaporean Bruce Lee and Malaysian Tan Kok Ho, who took second and third respectively. Fifteen year-old Daniel Rao, who was also competing in the Sports Production class in a Bufori BMS R1, did not finish the race.
Unlike previously where drivers competed in a sprint race, the contest was run as a one-hour endurance race; which required all drivers to make a compulsory stop of at least five minutes and usage of second drivers. Drivers are also not allowed to make refuelling during the race.
About Cyndie Allemann
Cyndie Allemann: a World class driver, top athlete and brand ambassador. Always a fan favorite, whether in Europe, in the USA and in Japan, 26 years old Cyndie Allemann was literally born for speed. Her 19-year racing career has seen her compete at the highest levels in many different series and tracks around the World: karting (winning the European junior title when she was only thirteen), open-wheel (EuroF3, Indy Lights, etc.), GT (FIA-GT1 World Championship) and endurance racing (GT1 podium at Spa in the Le Mans Series, 24 Hours of Le Mans, etc.). In 2012, she raced in the Japan Super GT Series.
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