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Monday, September 26, 2016
Have fun at the F1 GP next weekend
KUALA LUMPUR: Motorsports fans can expect a carnival atmosphere when the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix takes place at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) next weekend.
SIC chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Razlan Ahmad Razali said lots of activities are in store for motorsports fans of all ages which will be held around the track between Sept 30 and Oct 2.
“We have X-Track events, including drifting, rallying, go-kart and all-terrain vehicles activities for the adults.
“The kids can look forward to enjoy riding strider bikes, pocket bikes, attending a safety driving school, playing mini golf as well as inflatable bouncers,” he told The Star.
Razlan said for this year, the track has been resurfaced while two brand new facilities have been added, including the new team paddock hospitality building and the south paddock pit building.
“These two buildings will not only help us in terms of operations but will also enable us to bring in more revenue.
“With two international motorsports events happening in October, it proves to be a balancing act. But it’s fun,” he said.
The Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix will be held from Sept 30 until Oct 2. This will be followed by the MotoGP from Oct 28 to 30.
Razlan said SIC was confident foreign tourists would come for the Grand Prix, with ticket sales showing 1.5% and 2% growth year-on-year.
But for any event to flourish, Malaysians need to give their strong support, he stressed.
“We do understand that the global economic uncertainty is causing more people to tighten their belts. But with the Malaysia Grand Prix occurring in October instead of March, we hope fans would have time to think about it and come to support their favourite racing teams,” he added.
Razlan said track amenities are the top priority of SIC management.
“We do realise that there was a perception that amenities like toilets and seatings seemed old and worn.
“But you must realise it is not easy to maintain a track with a capacity of 60,000 being exposed to the elements.
“On a sunny day, everything would seem fine. But when it rains, it really gets wet and that is when it is perceived as terrible,” he said.
He added that before any event takes place, workers would proceed to carry out a deep cleaning of the track. But the rain had a tendency to ruin their efforts.
On the incident when a monitor lizard crept onto the track at the recent Singapore Grand Prix, Razlan said SIC staff are always monitoring the track almost every day.
“We do not want anyone encountering any sort of obstacles on the track, so we are constantly looking out for such problems,” he said.