Endurance - 8 Hours of Sepang
A first in the rain
Second round of the 2019/2020 EWC championship, the Eight Hours of Sepang event was cut by more than half due to heavy rain. The SRC Kawasaki team took sixth place.
After Japan, Malaysia has become the second country on the Asian continent to host an event in the World Endurance Championship. Organized two and a half months after the opening of the season on the Paul Ricard circuit, the Eight Hours of Sepang was unfortunately disrupted by difficult weather conditions. The rain delayed the start by five hours, reducing the Malaysian event to three hours. Unlike the Bol d'Or where the race had been disrupted due to poor drainage of the surface, it was the lack of visibility which this time forced the race management to delay the start. "We were finally able to start at 6:00 p.m. for an arrival scheduled for 9:00 p.m.," says Erwan Nigon. "It was quite frustrating to wait that long, but there really was a lot of water on the track and you couldn't see much in the straights." Sixth on the starting grid, the Kawasaki No. 1 took the chequered flag in sixth position. “We suffered for three hours," regrets Gilles Stafler, the boss of the SRC team. "The weather conditions were unfortunately not at all in our favour. On the dryer circuit, with intermediate tyres we would have had our say, but there, on a really drenched track, our tyres were just not right. Our manufacturer has to work more." Despite the setback, with nineteen points clocked up on the Sepang circuit, the Kawasaki SRC team climbed to eighth place in the general classification. The next event will take place in April on the Le Mans circuit with the 24 Hours Motos.