SINGAPORE: Singaporean Sunawr Ali was crowned the winner of the Mediacorp Subaru Car Challenge 2016 on Tuesday (Nov 8), walking away with the grand prize of a Subaru XV 1.6 I-S worth S$69,600 without certificate of entitlement.
In the annual endurance competition, participants keep their right palms on decals on Subaru cars as long as they can. The last contestant standing is declared the winner.
At this year's competition, which kicked off last Saturday at Ngee Ann City's Civic Plaza, MrSunawr kept his palm on the car for 75 hours and 58 minutes, outlasting 400 contestants from nine countries: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Winner of Mediacorp Subaru Car Challenge 2016 Sunawr Ali. (Photo: Winnie Goh)
Mr Sunawr is no stranger to the contest - this is his 12th year competing, and he was also one of the last few participants left standing in the 2015 event. "I've been waiting for this for so many years and I eventually made it, so here I am now," he told Channel NewsAsia.
He revealed that this time, however, the most difficult part of the challenge was enduring the pain from his swollen feet, which was caused by water retention.
(Photo: Winnie Goh)
Asked about his immediate plans, Mr Sunawr said: "I will take a good shower, eat KFC, have a cup of Slurpee and sleep. He added that he intends to keep the car and will be back at the event next year to cheer on the contestants.
The most difficult part of the challenge was enduring the pain from his swollen feet, says winner Sunawr Ali. (Photo: Winnie Goh)
First runner-up, ten-time participant Analiza Mokhtar told Channel NewsAsia: "I’m feeling really sad right now that I have lost. On the other hand, I’m very happy because I’ve love and support from my friends and the people who rooted for me, such as members from the Subaru alumni. I value and treasure friendship more over the prize itself."
Last year, 33-year-old Vietnamese national Nguyen Phuoc Huynh was the competition's first regional winner with a time of 77 hours and 58 minutes. The record, however, still belongs to G Jaishanker, winner of the 2014 edition, with his time of 82 hours and 16 minutes.