To mark Porsche’s entry into the 2007 edition of the Merdeka Millenium Endurance Race (MMER), the Hong Leong – Kencana Racing Team was launched at Wisma Hong Leong in Kuala Lumpur recently.
The team which was known as Jaseri Racing Team for the 2006 edition of the MMER will be supported by the famed German racing team, Farnbacher Racing. This year’s challenger will be the formidable Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. Apart from the car, Farnbacher will also be providing one driver and a team of technicians to handle the technical side and strategy management of the team.
The drivers line up include Dato’ Mokhzani Mahathir, Chairman of Jaseri Automotive Group Sdn Bhd, Sven Herberger (both of which campaigned in the 2006 edition of the MMER with a 3rd place result) and Lars Erik Nielsen from Farnbacher Racing. Lars who also is the owner of this year’s car brings to the team much experience in endurance racing. He had also finished 3rd in Class at the 2007 LeMans 24 hours race and is a regular competitor at endurance races.
Commenting on the partnership with Hong Leong Bank and Hong Leong Assurance, Dato’ Mokhzani said “We can see the synergy that exists between Jaseri Racing and Hong Leong. Both aim for the top. Both share a relentless pursuit for excellence and intend to deliver where it matters most. This is why Jaseri Racing is proud to have on board the Hong Leong Financial Group this year.”
Also present at the launch were Group Managing Director of Hong Leong Bank, Yvonne Chia, Group Managing Director of Hong Leong Assurance, Charlie E. Oropeza, Motorsports Commission of Malaysia Chairman Datuk Azman Yahya, Jaseri Racing Team Manager Gary Khor and key personnel from Hong Leong Bank, Hong Leong Assurance and Jaseri Racing.