MCS 2016: Lai Wee Sing tops qualifying

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Lai Wee Sing tops qualifying to take pole position for 2016 Malaysia Championship Series (MCS) Round 1. Photo Credit - Sepangcircuit.com

Lai Wee Sing tops qualifying to take pole position for 2016 Malaysia Championship Series (MCS) Round 1. Photo Credit – Sepangcircuit.com

Malaysia Championship Series - logoSepang’s multiple champion Lai Wee Sing will start from pole position for the opening round of the 2016 Malaysia Championship Series (MCS) after chalking the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday at the Sepang International Circuit. Partnering Abdul Kaathir for R Engineering and driving a Honda FD2, Lai, who has won the Supersixteen, Supersaloon and Sepang Drag Challenge titles, used his vast experience to clock an impressive time of 2 minutes 28.454 seconds around the fresh 5.543km track to top the timesheet.

Lai will be joined at the front by the partnership of siblings Pee Sau Fan and Pee Sau Peng, who stunned their more established rivals to take second on the timesheet for the Touring Production class with a time of 2 minutes 28.518 seconds in another Honda FD2. Mitchell Cheah of N1 Racing scored the third fastest time to start at the top of the second row after clocking a best lap time of 2 minutes 28.724 seconds. He will be joined on the second row by former champion Damian Dielenberg, who clocked 2 minutes 29.243 seconds in his Honda Integra.

2016 Malaysia Championship Series (MCS) Round 1. Photo Credit - Sepangcircuit.com

2016 Malaysia Championship Series (MCS) Round 1. Photo Credit – Sepangcircuit.com

The Malaysian Touring Car (MTC) class was topped by Kenny Lee, who upstaged former champion Mark Darwin after chalking a best lap time of 2 minutes 37.145 seconds.

Darwin, who won the Touring Production class last season but returns to the MTC Championship this year, was 0.509 seconds slower after only managing a best lap time of 2 minutes 37.654 seconds in Saturday’s qualifying session. Singaporean Charles Jean of TOC Motorsports was third on the timesheet with a time of 2 minutes 39.264 seconds.

The drivers competing in both categories will be participating in two races on Sunday. Grid positions for Race 2 will be decided based on their Race 1 results.

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