Corse MotorsportThere’s potential for closer ties between Australian and Malaysian motorsport, according to Corse Motorsport owner Mick Mitchell.

Mitchell, whose Wetherill Park workshop prepares cars for Radical Australia Cup points leader Neale Muston and Mosler GT racer Ash Samadi, made the assessment after a fact-finding visit to the Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race at Sepang in September.

He attended the 12-hour event as a guest of the Malaysian Nexus team, whose Aston Martin Vantage, co-driven by Australian Daniel Bilski and locals Adrian Henry D’Silva and Mohd Fahrizal Hassan, won the production sports car class.

Mitchell believes a range of Australian races would suit drivers from Malaysia or nearby countries.

“They can drive the same types of cars in the same type of long-distance races they’re familiar with, like the Bathurst 12-hour and the Australian GT and Production Car Championships,” he said.

“Or there’s the Radical Australia Cup if they want to drive something a bit different.”

The reverse applies to Australians who’d like to race in Malaysia, Mitchell says.

“Sepang holds two endurance races for cars: the 12-hour for GTs and production sports and touring cars each September, and a 1000km race for small-capacity production touring cars in December.

“There’s also a Super Series with races for GT and production touring cars over five rounds, one of them supporting the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix.”

“It’s a world-class facility, as you’d expect for an F1 venue, and the administration is very efficient.

“Nexus fields GT and production cars in all of these events, and it’s a thoroughly professional team – as good as any outfit in Australia.”

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