Touring car racing has been a mainstay at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) with the running of the Malaysian Championship Series (MCS).
However, SIC acknowledges the lack of local talent that made it through higher levels of racing in Asia, including in the TCR Asia series. Realising this, SIC under their talent development programme sought to close the gap with the vision to one day put a Malaysian in the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR).
Under the new initiative, SIC will organise a shoot-out to select the best driver to be put in the racing seat for the TCR Asia Series 2018, which will begin on 30 March at Sepang International Circuit.
The shoot-out will be between five talented individuals who have carved their names in the local racing scene.
Mitchell Cheah (Touring Production winner in the MCS 2017), Man Siew Chean (Malaysian Touring Car winner), Calvin Wong (third in the Touring Production), Mark Darwin (fifth in Touring Production) and Alif Hamdan (seventh in Touring Production) were proposed as participants for the shoot-out.
The drivers will be assessed both on and off the track with evaluation of their physical fitness and presentation skills in addition to a one-day test in a TCR car where their speed, consistency, technical feedback and understanding will be judged. The shoot-out will be held at SIC on January 17 and 18.
SIC is collaborating with former Formula One driver Alex Yoong and Martin Quick of Eurasia Motorsport to be the judges.
For more information, please contact SIC National Press Officer Nor Lina Ayob at firstname.lastname@example.org.