Super GT and Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia driver Alex Liang Jiatong says the 12 Hours of Sepang is “one of the most difficult endurance races in Asia”, but he says it serves as good pre-season training for teams and drivers.

By Steven Walton

Liang raced a Mercedes AMG GT3 for Craft-Bamboo Racing in last year’s 12 Hours of Sepang and finished fifth overall. It was the first time the race had been held since 2016.

For 2024, Liang returns for the Malaysian enduro, but this time he will race for Harmony Racing in a Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo with Luo Kailuo, Xu Zheyu and Jason Loh.

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

Liang told Asian Motorsport that racing for Harmony Racing has always been special “as I feel like a home here.”

“I feel good as I race with such a good team and with three super competitive teammates,” he said.

Liang said he had done simulator training and physical training to prepare for the race. Consistent pace with no mistakes would be key to success, he said.

“In my opinion, this is one of the most difficult endurance races in Asia and it’s always happening before the race season officially starts, so it’s a very good training for the teams and drivers in order to be super ready for their racing season,” he said.

Liang said the long distance of the race was always a challenge, and the weather and tyre degradation in Sepang would make it even harder.

“The tyre management and pit stop strategy will be crucial for everybody,” he said.

This year’s 12 Hours of Sepang will be slightly different for returning teams and drivers.

In 2023, qualifying and the race were held on the same day and the race itself lasted for eight hours.

This year, the event returns to a full 12-hour race distance on Saturday, with qualifying held on Friday afternoon.

A full entry list is expected to be released later on Wednesday.

Header image credit: 12 Hours of Sepang

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