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MediaCorp Subaru Challenge 2013 kicks off

SINGAPORE — The weather was certainly not in their favour as hundreds of Singaporean and regional contestants gathered to compete in the MediaCorp Subaru Challenge 2013 - The Asian Face-Off today (Oct 26).

SINGAPORE — The weather was certainly not in their favour as hundreds of Singaporean and regional contestants gathered to compete in the MediaCorp Subaru Challenge 2013 - The Asian Face-Off today (Oct 26).

Outside Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, the contest kicked off in the sweltering heat, each determined to drive home the Subaru Forester 2.0i Premium worth S$85,000 (without COE).

As the cars got plastered with their hands, supporters cheered by the sidelines.

Supporter Ms Si Jia, 23, is sitting in the shade, smiling and waving at her boyfriend Mr Alvin, 24, in the arena.

“I hope he wins; he is in it for the car,” she said. “I think he will last for at least a day, and he might win because he’s very stubborn and won’t give up so fast.”

Ms Mira, 19, also came today just to support her friend, Rizal, 25.

“He is active in sports and is a competitive skateboarder, meaning that he has a lot of stamina,” she said. “He is also an avid computer gamer, so maybe he has enough hand power to keep it on the car.”

But not all eyes are just on the sparkly Subaru. Cambodian regional representative, Ms Rany, 22, said, “We are vying for the Asian Country Winner prize more than anything else. I believe we can win because we entered this as one group, and we strive to encourage each other. We also had plenty of practice and we are very committed to the goal.” The country or region whose participants

have the longest combined standing time, will be awarded the Country Team Winner title along with a cash prize of S$10,000 to be equally divided among the team.

It is however, not as easy as it looks, with some contestants having already given up barely an hour into the competition. Last year’s winner was Tholmas Gan Yu Shen, a 42-year-old Singaporean who checked in 78 hours and 30 minutes of standing time. The current record stands at 81 hours and 32 minutes held by the 2008 winner, Singaporean, George Lee.

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