One, two finish for Team Proton at Sepang

By CARSIFU | 26 November 2019

PETALING JAYA: Team Proton R3 (R3) capped a successful 2019 season by winning the Sepang 1000km (S1K) race for a third consecutive time.

The 2019 Proton Iriz driven by Mitchell Cheah and Fariqe Hairuman dominated proceedings in a tough race that featured a safety car period and inclement weather leading to proceedings ending after nine hours instead of the scheduled 181 laps.

There was double joy for R3 as the 2019 Proton Saga driven by Syafiq Ali and Admi Shahrul came home in second place.

There were three Team Proton R3 entrants for S1K this year and the third car comprised of an all-women driving team. Nurul Husna and Faye Kusairi were selected from the MSF-R3 Lady Drivers Search that gave aspiring lady racers a chance to compete in the S1K race. The lead driver for the team was Leona Chin.


“Being successful in motor racing requires a combination of factors. A manufacturer for instance would firstly need the correct models in its range that would be suitable for the job.

"Even if a suitable model is available, it is difficult to achieve success as the car needs to be developed while the skills of the racing team, from the technicians to the drivers, needs to be finely honed.

"This requires an investment in time and money and Proton’s success in motorsports is proof our investment in R3, our in-house racing division, is a wise one,” said Dr Li Chunrong, Chief Executive Officer of Proton.