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Motor Image, Singapore   Monday, 10th November 2014
Head-to-head Battle Between Local and Regional Contestants

Day 3: MediaCorp Subaru Challenge 2014 – The Asian Faceoff

  • 39 left standing after 47 hours
  • 19 local and 20 regional participants compete head-to-head

10 November 2014, Singapore - As Asia's largest endurance Challenge enters its third day, 19 local and 20 regional participants compete head-to-head to win the coveted prize of a Subaru car at The MediaCorp Subaru Challenge 2014 - The Asian Face-Off by keeping their right palm firmly on one of ten Subaru Imprezas at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza.

Out of the regional contestants, participants from Vietnam remain the strongest with five contestants still standing. Philippines and Thailand are closely trailing behind with four standing contestants each.

As the competition intensifies, 27 year-old engineer, Mr Nguyen Thanh Tan, from Vietnam strongly believes that this year's winner will be a regional contestant from either Vietnam or Thailand. "The reason why Vietnam has the highest number of remaining regional contestants is because of our spirit. We are working together as one country and will continue to inspire, motivate and wake each other up throughout the Challenge," said Nguyen Thanh Tan.

"I don't think that a Singaporean contestant will win the car this year. It is finally time for a regional contestant to take home the grand prize," he added.

50-year old contestant from Singapore, Mr Jai Shanker, strongly disagrees that a regional contestant will win and believes that his strategy will see him through to the end. "Local contestants have won every year and the same will happen again this year," said Mr Shanker. "This Challenge is all about mental endurance and I am constantly pushing myself to break the mental barriers. To do this, I focus on something positive that I look forward to, such as the breaks every six-hours," he added.

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.

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.

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

Jointly issued by MediaCorp Pte Ltd and Motor Image Group.

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