End of Day 2: MediaCorp Subaru Challenge 2014 – The Asian Faceoff
- 99 left standing after 29 hours
- Thailand contenders remain strongest in the region with no drop-outs
9 November 2014, Singapore - Despite fluctuating temperatures and a heavy thunderstorm, 99 local and regional finalists remained undeterred at the end of day two of The MediaCorp Subaru Challenge 2014 - The Asian Face-Off.
All vying for the coveted prize of a Subaru car, participants have to keep their right palm firmly on one of ten Subaru Imprezas at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza. A total of 53 regional finalists were still in the running as day two came to a close.
Participants from Thailand remained the strongest, displaying sheer determination and resilience with all 10 contenders still in the competition. Trailing closely behind are Vietnam and Cambodia, with nine and seven finalists representing their country respectively.
38-year-old Kasidit Pornwattanayothin, from Bangkok, Thailand, who is competing for the second time, said, "The reason why Thailand has remained strong in the Challenge is because we work together as a team. We are exhausted and some of us have come close to giving up, but we keep our spirits up by motivating each other and making jokes as often as we can. We are certain that a Thai will win this year’s Challenge."
Amongst the local finalists left competing for the grand prize of a Subaru Forester 2.0i Premium worth S$85,000 (without COE) is 55-year-old Abdul Hamid Bin Jonid, who has plenty to thank for as he watches his 13-year old son, Haikel, who have stayed by his side round-the-clock.
His seventh attempt at winning a Subaru car, Mr Hamid said, "My son is the one who encouraged me to join this Challenge. He constantly monitors me and keeps me alert by asking questions. He stays with me throughout the competition and he's definitely my motivation to keep going strong".
"I am feeling really positive about this year's competition. Through the direct entry contest, I got a chance to choose my hand position which has changed the game for me. I will not let go of this chance and will put in a 100% for my seventh time," he added.
Participants from Singapore, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam will give their best to battle exhaustion, unforgiving weather conditions, sleep deprivation, hunger and thirst while keeping their right palms firmly within the surface area of the palm decals with a 5-minute break given once every 6 hours - at 7pm, 1am, 7am and 1pm throughout the competition.
To mark the 13th year, for the first time ever, the public has the opportunity to win extra breaks for their friends or family competing in the event by playing a special online game. The top 10 game scorers on the scoreboard will earn their supported participant an extra 5-minute break. The scoreboard will reset after every break and the public contest will end upon the last 11 standing contestants.
Two bonus breaks took place today at 10am and 4pm where 20 participants enjoyed the brief respite with food and drinks to replenish their energy for the next two days of competition. Another bonus break is scheduled for 10pm tonight.
In addition to being eligible for the grand prize of a Subaru car, regional contestants will also compete for additional titles and cash prizes. The title of Country Winner and a cash prize of S$1,000 will be awarded to the final standing representative of each participating region. The last standing regional contestant will win the Asian Winner title and walk away with an additional S$5,000 cash. 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.
For more information and updates, please visit the official website at http://www.mediacorpradio.sg/carchallenge2014/.
Jointly issued by MediaCorp Pte Ltd and Motor Image Group.