Absolute Racing finished first and second in last year’s 12 Hours of Sepang. This year, the defending race champions are back for the Malaysian enduro and their team principal expects “more cars and stronger cars on the grid”.

By Steven Walton

This year’s 12 Hours of Sepang takes place on March 14-16 at the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Last year’s race was the first time it had been held since 2016 and Absolute Racing finished first and second. The winning car was an Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II driven by Andrew Haryanto, Yu Kuai and Markus Winkelhock.

Absolute Racing is back again for the 2024 12 Hours of Sepang and this time the team is fielding three cars.

Firstly, there is the B-Quik Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II driven by Henk Kiks, Akash Nandy and Christopher Haase. Kiks and Haase finished second in the race last year.

Haase is in good form in 2024, having scored a victory in the 24 Hours of Dubai and a podium in the Bathurst 12 Hour.

Absolute Racing is fielding another Audi driven by Haziq Oh, Hairie Oh and driver coach Aaron Lim, who is coming out of retirement for the event.

The team has also entered a Porsche 911 GT3 R (Type 992) in partnership with GEEKVP. This car will be driven by Anderson Tanoto, Eshan Pieris, and Dorian Boccolacci.

‘In the last hour, we hope to be in the game’

Absolute Racing team principal Ingo Matter told Asian Motorsport he was “very happy” with the team’s preparation for the 12 Hours of Sepang.

“We did a couple of test days at Sepang to be as prepared as we can,” he said. “We expect more cars and stronger cars on the grid this year.”

Last year’s race had 13 cars. A full entry list for the 2024 race is set to be published on Wednesday.

Matter said Absolute Racing would not focus so much on winning but on a trouble-free race. Staying out of trouble and having smooth pit stops would be key, he said.

“In the last hour, we hope to be in the game.”

Matter said the 12 Hours of Sepang has a long history and it meant a lot for himself and Absolute Racing co-founder Fabien Fior.

The race was first held in 2000 and continued annually until 2017 when it was cancelled due to a low number of entries. After six years of not being held, Top Speed and the Sepang International Circuit revived the 12 Hours of Sepang in 2023.

Matter said the mix of drivers in the race made it special and it was also “perfect preparation” for the 2024 racing season.

“We raced here [for] the first time in 2010 and it was the unofficial start of Absolute Racing. Having won it last year meant a lot and obviously, we want to repeat that.”

Header image credit: Absolute Racing

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