Published on August 10th, 2012 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Sime Darby Auto Performance to race in PCCA Rounds 7 & 8
Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the official importer of Porsche vehicles in Malaysia announced today, its participation in the upcoming Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2012 (PCCA) Rounds 7 and 8 from 30th August to 2nd September 2012. PCCA Rounds 7 and 8 is a support race to the Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race 2012 held at Sepang International Circuit. Guest driver, Tan Sri Azman Yahya will be representing Team Sime Darby Auto Performance in its debut race.
As a Porsche enthusiast and proud owner, Tan Sri Azman Yahya is no stranger to the motorsport scene in Malaysia. A prominent corporate figure, Tan Sri Azman previously competed in several local motorsport championships including the 2004 Malaysian Merdeka Endurance Race in Open Class category and the 2004 Malaysian Super Series in Supercars category, emerging as champion in both competitions.
Speaking at the press conference event, Tan Sri Azman Yahya said, “As a guest driver, I am excited to be part of the overall experience of an international championship series and ready to endure the challenges ahead. It will be a very exciting race in the all identical 911 GT3 Cup cars, where the focus is mainly on sports driving and drivers’ competencies.”
SDAP’s decision to establish a race team is to familiarise Porsche customers and enthusiasts to the root of Porsche and its strong heritage of motorsports.
“Porsche stands for motorsports. With many victories and above all, the whole fascination of automobile sports. If you look at Porsche’s history, the very first Porsche has a motorsport history: Just a month after its completion, the Porsche 356 No. 1, won its class in a street race in Innsbruck, Austria. This marked the beginning of the motorsports passion. Today Porsche lists more than 30,000 race victories in almost every motorsports series worldwide,” said Mr. Arnt Bayer, Chief Executive Officer of SDAP.
“In Malaysia SDAP has supported the motorsport ambitions of its customers by organizing circuit training and track days at Sepang International Circuit. In these events, seasoned Carrera Cup drivers train our customers on how to drive Porsche road cars fast but also safely on the racetrack. The participation in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is the next logical step up in customer motorsports and we are proud to support one of our very loyal customers in this. Tan Sri Azman Yahya will represent the SDAP team in our debut race. As a sports car company, we are always in support of customers in sports driving,” he continued.
Team Sime Darby Auto Performance is proudly supported by its partners, Sime Darby Motors, Symphony, Mobil 1, Michelin, Stand 21, Kurnia Insurance, Research in Motion (RIM) and Motorsport Playground.