#Sepang8h 2019 – Hafizh Syahrin: Cars and bikes will be hard weekend!

#Sepang8h 2019 – Hafizh Syahrin: Cars and bikes will be hard weekend!

Hafizh Syahrin will be the star of the 8 hours of Sepang event next month, as he will race the Petronas Yamaha together with Franco Morbidelli and Michael van der Mark – plus he will take part in the WTCR finals in a Volkswagen GTI TCR of German Team Engstler. 

The two time Moto2-Grand-Prix-podium finisher Syahrin already knows what to expect from the FIM Endurance World Championship, as he has taken part in the Suzuka 8 hours in the past. The Sepang race will be his second EWC outing. 

„I am very excited to race the 8 hours for the second time,” Syahrin told EWC-Mag.com. “The first time was in Japan. Now we do this in Sepang and this will be a home race for me.” And also for his Petronas Yamaha team and their sponsors. 

The Double-Header weekend will be split into two schedule wise. Monday will be a test day for WTCR wild card drivers, so Syahrin can get a first glimpse of his VW. Another session is planned for Tuesday morning from 7 to 11 am local time. 

On Wednesday, Syharin will get his hands on the YART built Petronas bike with a private test session from 09 am to 4 pm local time. The EWC compulsory free practice will take place the same day 4:30 to 6:30 pm. After sunset (expected 7:04 pm), the also compulsory night practice will be held 7:30 to 9 pm. Another full schedule is on the list for Thursday with both Qualifying sessions for all three riders, another 45 minutes free session and the Top-10-Trial Superpole as known from the 8 hours of Suzuka event. 

On Friday, Syahrin will switch back to the Volkswagen GTI TCR with two Free Practices and the Qualifyings. After that, 8:45 pm to midnight, the track will be open for a fan walk, so for sure the Malayan also has to stand for a selfie or two. 

The 8 hours of Sepang then will be held on Saturday, 14th of December from 1 to 9 pm. 

“It will be tough, because I make two events in one weekend – car and motorbikes,” Syahrin continued to tell EWC-Mag.com. “I will try to keep my body strong and fresh, because the weekend will be very hard for me.”

“We race 8 hours first and then the cars. It will not be easy, but it will be interesting to see – because nobody does this nowadays, so only me and I hope I can do well in both.”

Toni Börner