RECORD-BREAKING VICTORY FOR LAMBORGHINI AT MALAYSIA ENDURANCE RACE
Coming off the back of its victory in the FIA GT1 World Championship at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend, Lamborghini has secured another significant victory by winning the Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race (MMER) in Sepang, Malaysia, on 8 August 2010. Peter Kox, Christopher Haase and local driver Tunku Hammam Sulong raced the #2 GT-class Arrows Racing Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 to the overall honours with more laps completed in the 12-hour event than ever before.
Lamborghini-equipped teams locked out three of the top five places in qualifying, with Arrows Racing setting the second fastest combined lap time of 6:18.666, while a previous winner of the MMER event Hammam Sulong set the second fastest individual lap time of 2:04.888. The KK Performance Team entry of former Formula One pilot Alex Yoong, Matthew Marsh and Marchy Lee Ying Kin qualified third in their #8 560 hp Lamborghini Gallardo. The third Lamborghini car, driven by Dilantha Malagamuwa, Jeffry Lee and Kota Sasaki, recorded the fifth fastest time overall.
As the lights turned green for the 12-hour endurance race on Saturday, the #2 Lamborghini Gallardo proved to be the main challenger of the pole-setting Porsche RSR and managed to overtake it three hours into the race. The raging bulls set the pace for most of the race, building a gap of over four laps to their competitors by midpoint. In the closing stages Kox, Haase and Malaysian pilot Hammam Sulong managed to keep a significant advantage to the second-place #45 Audi R8 LMS, finishing the long-distance event more than a full lap ahead of the #45 entry.
The Arrows Racing Gallardo claimed a record-winning victory for the iconic Italian marque, by completing 315 laps over the full race distance; seven laps more than the previous race record set at the Malaysian Grand Prix circuit in 2008. The #6 Lamborghini Gallardo of Malagamuwa, Lee and Sasaki secured a fourth-place finish, while the #8 KK Performance Team retired from the race on lap 198.