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8 Hours of Sepang shapes up as a scorcher

The maiden edition of the 8 Hours of Sepang will be staged this weekend as a key component of the “Races of Malaysia” two-and-four-wheel motorsport festival, a double-header pairing the FIA WTCR/Oscaro and the FIM EWC for the first time in Asia.

The 8 Hours of Sepang, marks the second round of the FIM Endurance World Championship and promises to be an action-packed race, with a lot at stake and some very well-known names putting their pride on the line at the Sepang International Circuit.

At the opening round of the series in France there was havoc with engine failures, oil-downs and weather conditions making the latest edition of the Bol d’Or one to remember.

Michael van der Mark
WSBK’s Michael van der Mark joins Franco Morbidelli with the Yamaha Sepang Racing team for the 8 Hours of Sepang

In Malaysia we will see MotoGP, FIM Superbike and ARRC riders and title winners competing in Sepang alongside the 36 full-season 2019-2020 FIM EWC teams.

The clash between the world’s top endurance racing teams and Asian squads determined to win on home territory will form the heart of the action at the first edition of the 8 Hours of Sepang.

The two Asian front-runners are the Malaysian team Yamaha Sepang Racing and the Japanese squad Honda Asia Dream Racing with Showa.

Yamaha Sepang Racing has partnered MotoGP rider Franco Morbidelli and Michael van der Mark – an established World Superbike rider and four-time winner of the Suzuka 8 Hours, with Malaysia’s star rider and MotoGP competitor Hafizh Syahrin.

ARRC Rnd Sepang Zaqhwan Zaidi Wheelie Sepang
Zaqhwan Zaidi leads the Honda Asia Dream Racing with Showa efforts, alongside Andi Farid Izdihar and Somkiat Chantra

Honda Asia Dream Racing with Showa, a consistent front-runner at the Suzuka 8 Hours, is fielding Malaysian rider Zaqhwan Zaidi, the team’s number-one racer since 2016 who finished third overall in the Superbike 1000 category of the recently-concluded Asia Road Racing Championship, Indonesian rider Andi Farid Izdihar who competes in the Supersport 600 class in the ARRC, and Thai Moto2 rider Somkiat Chantra.

Seven manufacturers in the race

The full-season FIM EWC teams are ready to face the competition. The reigning champions Webike SRC Kawasaki France will seek to make up for lost time in the wake of a turbulent Bol d’Or. The Kawasaki team had to throw in the towel, together with YART Yamaha and F.C.C. TSR Honda France.

Bol dOr SERT Gregg Black
SERT – Suzuki Endurance Racing Team

All three factory-backed teams will fight to score the maximum number of points in the second round of the 2019-2020 FIM EWC. 30-points are available for the winner in Malaysia, plus five bonus points for securing pole position.

F.C.C. TSR Honda suffered an engine failure which then brought down two of their main rivals at Bol D’or

But they will have to reckon with the ambitions of the Bol d’Or winner Suzuki Endurance Racing Team as well as BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, the third-place finisher in the season’s first race.

Bol dOr Team BMW Endurance Ilya Mikhalchik Julian Puffe Kenny Foray
BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team (Ilya Mikhalchik, Julian Puffe and Kenny Foray)

Another factory outfit is also expected to make its presence felt: Team ERC Endurance, now backed by Ducati to lead the Panigale V4R to glory in the endurance world championship.

Six manufacturers have entered official teams in the FIM EWC. A seventh brand will be on the starting grid of the 8 Hours of Sepang, with Team Sugai Racing Japan on an Aprilia.

Top 10 Trial & FIA World Touring Car Cup

Before the action gets underway on the Sepang track, the teams will put on a show in the streets of the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, located 45 km from the Sepang International Circuit.

Hours of Sepang DecOn the evening of Tuesday 10 December, a procession will wind its way through the city centre, made up of the FIM EWC bikes as well as the cars competing in the season finale of the FIA WTCR/OSCARO, the second half of the Races of Malaysia double-header event.

The practice sessions on Wednesday 11 December and qualifying on Thursday 12 December will provide clues to the pecking order in Malaysia. As at the Suzuka 8 Hours, and a Top 10 Trial will redistribute the final positions on the starting grid after qualifying.

At the 8 Hours of Sepang, the fastest rider of each of the top 10 teams in qualifying will return to the track to do one flying lap. The first ten positions on the grid will be reassigned based on the results. The Top 10 Trial will be held after sunset on the Sepang International Circuit.

The three FIA World Touring Car Cup seasonal finale races will be held on Sunday 15 December, with Hafizh Syahrin once again featuring among the contenders. The Malaysian rider has set himself a major sporting challenge by entering both world championships in the course of a single weekend. Following the 8 Hours of Sepang on Saturday, he will be one of four wildcard drivers taking the wheel in the WTCR Race of Malaysia challenge.

2019-20 FIM EWC Championship Points Standings

Pos Team / Equipe Bike Total
1 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Suzuki 60
2 Wójcik Racing Team Yamaha 48
4 Omega Maco Racing Team Yamaha 30
8 3ART- MOTO TEAM 95 Yamaha 20
9 National Motos Honda 15
10 F.C.C. TSR Honda France Honda 13
11 YART – YAMAHA Yamaha 13
14 Bolliger Team Switzerland Kawasaki 11
16 Zuff Racing Honda Swiss Team Honda 8
17 Team LRP Poland BMW 7
19 Bertl K. Racing Team BMW 5
20 EMRT Yamaha 4
21 British Endurance Racing Team Suzuki 3

Provisional 2019-2020 FIM EWC calendar

Date Race Location
21/22 September 2019 Bol d’Or (24h-race) Le Castellet – France
14 December 2019 8 Hours of Sepang Sepang – Malaysia
18/19 April 2020 24 Heures Motos Le Mans – France
6 June 2020 8 Hours of Oschersleben Oschersleben – Germany
19 July 2020 Suzuka 8 Hours Suzuka – Japan

* Race held on the Saturday

Source: MCNews.com.au

Randy de Puniet to ride the Team ERC Endurance Ducati

Randy de Puniet to Team ERC Endurance for 8 Hours of Sepang

Team ERC Endurance have announced a brand-new line-up for the 8 Hours of Sepang, Randy de Puniet joining Ondřej Ježek and Louis Rossi in the saddle of the Panigale V4R, after the team recently received official backing from Ducati Corse in the FIM EWC.

FIM EWC LeMans Hour Honda Endurance Racing Randy De Puniet
Randy de Puniet

This adds another MotoGP rider to the star-studded list of international riders competing in the 8 Hours of Sepang. Frenchman Randy de Puniet will be on the starting grid in the saddle of Team ERC Endurance’s new Ducati Panigale V4R.

The German team now has official backing from the Italian manufacturer in the FIM Endurance World Championship, with de Puniet, having solid experience in Endurance racing, including two podiums at the Suzuka 8 Hours, in 2014 and 2017, and several seasons with Team SRC Kawasaki and Honda Endurance Racing.

MotoE World Cup test Valencia Final Randy De Puniet
Randy De Puniet in the MotoE championship earlier in the year

Czech rider Ondřej Ježek, a former Supersport World Championship racer, has previously competed in the FIM EWC with Bolliger Team Switzerland and Mercury Racing.

Frenchman Louis Rossi, formerly a Moto2 rider, has competed in the FIM Endurance World Championship since 2016.

Team ERC Endurance’s Ducati will have its first outing on the track in Malaysia on Wednesday 11 December.

8 Hours of Sepang 2019 – Provisional entry list

# Team Bike Rider 1 Rider 2 Rider 3
1 Webike SRC Kawasaki ZX-10R Guarnoni Jeremy Nigon Erwan Checa David
2 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team GSX-R1000 Philippe Vincent Masson Etienne Black Gregg
3 AM Moto Racing Competition ZX-10R Stoll Clement Sarrabayrouse Alex Buisson Dylan
4 Tati Team Beaujolais Racing ZX-10R Techer Alan Denis Kevin Enjolras Julien
5 F.C.C. TSR Honda France CBR1000RR Hook Josh Foray Freddy Di Meglio Mike
6 Team ERC Endurance Panigale V4R Jezek Ondrej De Puniet Randy Rossi Louis
7 YART Yamaha YZF-R1 Parkes Broc Fritz Marvin Canepa Niccolo
8 Bolliger Team ZX-10R Stamm Roman Suchet Sebastien Walraven Nigel
9 Tecmas BMW GMC S 1000 RR Hedelin Camille Masbou Alexis Perret David
10 RS Itoh ZX-10R Yanagawa Akira Ito Kazuki Izutsu Hitoyasu
11 Pachi Hkm Speed Racing S 1000 RR Farid Badrul Hafiq Azmi Haiqal Ahmad
12 Omega Maco Racing Team YZF-R1 Szkopek Pawel Elison James Hanika Karel
13 Team Sugai Racing Japan RSV4RF Sugai Yoshiyuki Byrne Paul TBA
14 Yamaha Sepang Racing YZF-R1 Morbidelli Franco Syahrin Hafizh Van Der Mark Michael
15 Team 202 YZF-R1 Creusot Amandine Wang-Chang Johan Parret Florent
16 BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers ZX-10R Loiseau Anthony Hardt Jonathan Pilot Julien
17 Transmap Racing With Ace Cafe GSX-R1000 Ooishi Masahiko Hirano Luna Rajini Krishnan
18 Team Kodama YZF-R1 Kodama Yuta Tokudome Kazuki TBA
19 British Endurance Racing Team GSX-R1000 Railton Jonathan Blackshaw Johnny Edwards James
20 Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto ZX-10R Boulom Enzo Gamarino Christian Manfredi Kevin
21 Jma Motos Action Bike GSX-R1000 Cronier Nicolas Cornut Billy Gucciardi Maxime
22 3ART – Moto Team 95 YZF-R Lussiana Mathieu Berchet Morgan Plancassagne Alex
23 BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team S 1000 RR Mykhalchyk Ilya Reiterberger Markus Foray Kenny
24 RAC 41 CBR1000RR Antiga Guillaume Tessels Wayne Bonnot Maxime
25 No Limits Motor Team GSX-R1000 Scassa Luca Kemmer Christophe Vitali Luca
26 Motors Events GSX-R1000 Westmorland James Linfoot Dan Nigon Johan
27 T Motokids YZF-R1 Fukuyama Kyota Yoshida Kazunori Takaya Okuda
28 Bertl K Racing S 1000 RR Thoni Nicolas Dangl Patrick Walchhutter Lukas
29 National Motos CBR1000RR Debise Valentin Okubo Hikari TBA
30 GERT 56 By GS Yuasa S 1000 RR Kerschbaumer Stefan Glockner Lucy Bijsterbosch Pepijn
31 Mototech EWC Team YZF-R1 Fastre Gregory Lonbois Vincent Godfrey Ben
32 Motobox Kremer Favorite Factory 321 YZF-R1 Dehaye Geoffroy Strohlein Stefan Ortiz Greg
33 Og Motorsport By Sarazin YZF-R1 Charpin Mathieu Diguet Julien Hugot Jonathan
34 Yamashina Kawasaki Ken Racing ZX-10R Shinjo Masahiro Nakamura Shuichiro Matsumoto Masayuki
35 Jeg Racing Team GSX-R1000 Leblanc Gregory Uramoto Naomichi Tsuda Takuya
36 Team Plusone S 1000 RR Sekiguchi Taro Sakai Daisaku Nagoe Kousuke
37 Wójcik Racing Team YZF-R1 Rea Gino Bergman Christoffer Maurin Axel
38 Tone RT Syncedge 4413 BMW S 1000 RR Hoshino Tomoya Atsumi Kokoro Ishizuka Takeshi
39 Pitlane Endurance YZF-R1 Pellizotti Maxim Granzotto Clement De La Rosa Gino
40 Sun Chlorella By R2CL GSX-R1000 Konno Yoshihiro Seller Clinton Morais Sheridan
41 Honda Asia Dream Racing With Showa CBR1000RR Zaidi Zaqhwan Izdihar Andi Farid Chantra Somkiat
42 Team LRP Poland S 1000 RR Vincon Dominik Buhn Jan Lewandowski Bartlomiej
43 Energie Endurance 91 ZX-10R Napoli Christian Napoli Frederico Pesek Karel
44 Exteria Kspcs Racing By Empora GSX-R1000 Juda Dominik Novosel Renato Kovacs Balint
45 Moto Ain YZF-R1 Rolfo Roberto Mulhauser Robin Clere Hugo
46 Team Hanshin Riding School ZX-10R Sano Katsuto Okamura Mitsunori Higashimura Isami
47 HRT 100 – Hertrampf Racing Endurance Panigale V4R Nekvasil Marco Bos Bobby Friedrich Arnaud
48 Team Aviobike YZF-R1 Baggi Giovanni Boscoscuro Andrea Rosso Niccolo
49 VRD Igol Pierret Experiences YZF-R1 Alt Florian Marino Florian Simeon Xavier
50 Wojcik Racing Team 2 YZF-R1 Biesiekirski Piotr Pasek Adrian Biesiekirski Piotr

Source: MCNews.com.au

2019-2020 FIM EWC Endurance World Championship Calendar


The 2019-2020 FIM EWC season will get underway with the Bol d’Or on 21 September on France’s Le Castellet circuit.

The second round of the championship is a new winter race in South-east Asia, initiated as part of a calendar reform by championship promoter Eurosport Events.

FIM EWC LeMans Hour VRD Igol Pierret
2019 Le Mans 24 Hours – Team VRD Igol Pierret Experiences

The inaugural edition of the 8 Hours of Sepang, which results from a strong collaboration between FIM, Eurosport Events, Sepang International Circuit and Mobilityland, will be a qualifying round for the 2020 Suzuka 8 Hours. Its innovative format lays the foundation for the first-ever double-header event in Asian motorsport, with two major car and motorcycle races taking place over a single weekend: the 8 Hours of Sepang on Saturday 14 December 2019 and the season finale of the FIA WTCR/OSCARO on Sunday 15 December.

FIM EWC LeMans Hour Start
2019 Le Mans 24 Hours

The 43rd edition of the 24 Heures Motos, traditionally held at Le Mans in mid-April, and the 8 Hours of Oschersleben on the first weekend of June will take place mid-way through the FIM EWC calendar.

FIM EWC LeMans Hour YART Trio
FIM Endurance World Championship – Le Mans 24 Hour 2019

The Suzuka 8 Hours round, the grand finale of the FIM Endurance World Championship, will be brought forward to mid-July, on a one-off basis, for the first time in its history.

GMT94 Yamaha - 8H of Oschersleben
GMT94 Yamaha – 8H of Oschersleben

“The Coca-Cola Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race has a long 42-year history,” explains Kaoru Tanaka, the new President of Mobilityland. “It has recently been established as the final round of the FIM Endurance World Championship, and is traditionally held on the last Sunday of July. For 2020, we decided to bring the event forward so it precedes the fanfare of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Now scheduled for July 19th, the Suzuka 8 Hours race will have the eyes of the world on Japan ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. Come join us for a sizzling season final in July 2020.”

Josh Hook and F.C.C. TSR Honda win 8H of Oschersleben
Josh Hook (centre) and F.C.C. TSR Honda after winning the 2018 8H of Oschersleben
Provisional 2019-2020 FIM EWC calendar
  • 21/22 September 2019 – Bol d’Or (24h-race) / Le Castellet – France
  • 14 December 2019 * – 8 Hours of Sepang / Malaysia
  • 18/19 April 2020 – 24 Heures Motos / Le Mans – France
  • 6 June 2020 * – 8 Hours of Oschersleben / Germany
  • 19 July 2020 – Suzuka 8 Hours / Japan

* Race held on the Saturday

Source: MCNews.com.au