2012 Malaysian GP at Sepang Circuit sees Mahindra racers not finish and Face of Mahindra Racing contest winners have a longer day

Participation in the Face of Mahindra Racing in Malaysia contest saw four luck winners Sushma Kulkarni of Mumbai, Kanika Juneja and Amandeep Mittal both from…

Participation in the Face of Mahindra Racing in Malaysia contest saw four luck winners Sushma Kulkarni of Mumbai, Kanika Juneja and Amandeep Mittal both from Bangalore and Rizwan Siddiquee of Kolkata at the Sepang International Circuit with all expenses paid trip to witness the Malaysian Motorcycle GP that was held from October 19-21, 2012.

The contest which commenced on August 27, 2012 saw participation through Mahindra Racing Facebook page. Round 1 entailed participants to take a quiz on various racing teams out of which 10 male and 10 female contestants were shortlisted. This was followed by a voting stage with a tie breaker question of “I should be the face of Mahindra Racing in Malaysia because..” Round 2 saw only 1 male and 1 female contestant being chosen. The four lucky winners were chosen on the basis of maximum votes received.

Mahindra Racing competition was launched along with Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board with a focus on promoting the country as an ideal holiday destination and to showcase outstanding Malaysian hospitality. As for the race itself  Mahindra Racing riders Danny Webb, and Riccardo Moretti both faced technical problems that saw them retire before race end. Teams head to the Phillip Island MotoGP this weekend.

India auto news release: SHORT RACE IN MALAYSIA FOR MAHINDRA

Sunday, 21 October, 2012: Teething troubles with a new development clutch meant both Mahindra riders retired from today’s Malaysian GP at the Sepang Circuit. The team has a short window to evaluate the issue before next weekend’s Australian GP.

Danny Webb retired at half distance of the 18-lap race, as his technical problems got worse. Riccardo Moretti had an even shorter race, retiring on the second lap, unable to select gears.

Today’s disappointment at the 5.548-km Sepang circuit is part of the risk of developing a machine in the white heat of grand prix racing – a route chosen by Mahindra, the first Indian team in GP racing, for the value of technical lessons learned.

Already the Mahindra team and riders are thinking ahead, and for next Sunday’s race at the swooping Phillip Island race-track will evaluate the new clutch units in practice. The nature of the seaside track will let the riders exploit the Mahindra MGP-30’s strong suit of high corner speed.

Today’s race was run in front of record crowds, after Zulfahmi Khairuddin became the first Malaysian to qualify in pole position. Khairuddin led much of the race, finishing a close second to Sandro Cortese, whose victory secured him the first Moto3™ World Championship.

Action for next weekend starts on Friday, with the first of three free practice sessions.

DANNY WEBB – Did Not Finish
The slipper clutch works well when it’s right, but it’s really tricky to set up. Mine was playing up from the start, and then the engine seemed to lose power, so there was nothing for it but to retire. I’m looking forward to making up for this weekend at Phillip Island – it’s a great track that will suit our bike better than the last two.

RICCARDO MORETTI – Did Not Finish
A bad end to a tough weekend. I’ve been struggling to learn the track as well as get the bike set … then on the first lap I had some clutch trouble, and I was stuck in fifth gear. Now I’m just thinking of next weekend, and having a better race.

‘FACE OF MAHINDRA RACING’ WINNERS ENJOY MALAYSIAN HOSPITALITY
The red and white Moto3 bikes of Mahindra Racing were adorned with the logo of Tourism Malaysia at the Sepang circuit this weekend. The agreement was the result of a tie-up with Tourism Malaysia that saw Mahindra Racing run a competition in India to find “The Face of Mahindra Racing”. From among the over 450,000 fans of Mahindra Racing on Facebook, two boys and two girls were chosen to fly from India to support the team at the Malaysian Grand Prix.