- The Honda Asia–Dream Racing team finished 7th position at 2018 Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race.
- The Malaysian rider, Zaqhwan Zaidi led the charge into the team’s triumphant result.
- The team manager, Zulhelmi Ahmad recognized some improvement in the team's performance and is overall happy with the result.
Mie Prefecture, 29 July 2018 – Suzuka Circuit stand witness to the awe-inspiring performance by Malaysian rider, Zaqhwan Zaidi having secured 7th Position for Honda Asia – Dream Racing team alongside his teammates, Troy Herfoss (AUS) and Andi Farid Izdihar (IDN) in the 2018 Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race.
The Suzuka 8 Hours is the final round of the Endurance World Championship (EWC) series, and the Honda-owned circuit was the perfect backdrop as the Honda team looked to finish the race on a good note though it was easier said than done.
The race weekend at Suzuka has been anything but effortless. The race got underway in challenging conditions at the 5.821km circuit. The infamous track itself has been known to be to be a tough track among racers who had to battle it out with arduous corners. Apart from other competing racers, the team had to endure severe racing condition which hampers the team’s racing efforts.
"It is a lot harder this year due to unpredictable weather," said Zaqhwan in a post-race interview. "I was struggling at first, but eventually I am able to cope up with it'. The same sentiment was shared by the Honda Asia–Dream Racing team manager, Zulhelmi Ahmad who noted that challenging weather had impacted the team's temperament yet it did so little to demoralize the aspiration to reach the top 10 position of the race.
Despite the demanding condition of the race, the team did achieve a respectable result putting them among the top 10 position along with other well-established factory teams.
“It is not an easy feat to get P7!” exclaimed the tired but joyful 23 years old from the rider who started the race from the back of the pack at P12. "I am thankful to the team as all the hard work and their dedication toward the race has finally paid off’, he later continued.
For Honda Asia–Dream Racing team manager and Boon Siew Honda’s Motor Sports manager, Zulhelmi Ahmad; the race has indeed taken its toll on the team has dropped a position due to technical difficulties during the pit stop. "I can't say that I am delighted with the result today as we fail to reach our full potential today," said the slightly disappointed Malaysian. "But we cannot ignore the fact that the team did better this year in term of overall timing and we did improve one position above," stated Zulhemli.
With a total time of 8:00:05.666, just 4 laps shy of the race leader's 8:00:01.728 lap time, Honda Asia–Dream Racing team has undoubtedly poised itself as a racing team force to be reckoned with.