It was an early morning for us Traffic crews as we head to Sepang International Circuit to cover the Super GT International Series Malaysia Round, the only venue out of Japan. It’s the second year JPM Motorsport organizing the Super GT Malaysian Leg.
There might be some flaws here and there but there was abundant of activities lined up for the day. It was cloudy right from the morning and somehow we hoped it’s gonna be a wet race. We take it as our own personal achievement as we arrived earlier than the Japanese themselves here in Sepang International Circuit.
Official practice started as early as 10am as both GT300 and GT500 scorched the tarmac. One of the most awaited must-dos were the pit walkabout. Kids under 12 years old got the opportunity to be up close and personal and so the adults with Japanese kawaiis in the form of the GT queens, entertaining the crowd while the GT machines can be seen in the pits, attended by the racing crews as some of them can be seen busy tuning, while others looking after other things in order to ensure a competitive GT machines for their respective drivers.
GT Asia Series, one of the support race of Super GT Malaysian Round showcased Direction Racing’s Porsche 997 GT3R of Hisao Shigeta in Round 3 of the GT Asia Series overpowering Marchy Lee’s Audi R8 LMS of Ultra and Asia Racing Team at the start and claimed the lead of the GT Asia Series.
There’s quite a hell lot of activities at the mall area as Affin Bank Motor Show features the best exotics, supercars and a handful of private-owned machines of rarity. There’s also a showcase of Muaythai by Muayfit at the mall area featuring two of its best fighters sponsored by Motor Traders.
As for the stage, it was never left empty with a number of stage performances. The crowd gets rowdy as the final participants of the Malaysian GT Queens Search Finale took the stage. Nevertheless, I’d say the crowd puller to the stage this time were the dance competitions, showcasing the talents of Malaysians’ best dancers competing against one another under the prying eyes of its internationally acclaimed judges.
While the crews busy tending to the GT machines as the drivers doing their best to get the best timing to determine the grid for D Day on Sunday. The mall area was full to the brim with fun and galore for everyone. Dato’ David Gurupatham being a good samaritan treated the kids of Agathians Shelter to join in the fun of Super GT. Any proceeds can be forwarded to Agathians Shelter, 22 Jalan Kelah 8/6, Section 8 Petaling Jaya or you can contact the shelter at +603 7954 1680.
Later in the evening, crowd had the opportunity to party with Leng Yein followed by a rave part for the younger generation at the stage area. All in all, it’s for sure an event not to be missed. We packed our bags late at night before retreating to the comfort of our homes for the much-needed rest as the next day’s will be the day where the GT machines battle it out against one another.
It will be a day to look out for as GSR Hatsunemiku BMW of GT300 defending their championship last year in the Malaysian soil against a number of newer machines such as Green Tec & Leon SLS AMG GT3, team ZENT’s female driver Cyndie Alleman in the Audi R8 LMS Ultra along with team Gainer Dixcel and team Racerbook. R&D Sport with their much anticipated Subaru BRZ and a Toyota Prius’ debut by the apr Hasepro Prius GT will be in the battle as well.
While in the GT500, all eyes will be on the former champion, Road Reito Mola-GTR fighting the herd of the title. It won’t be an easy feat as Weider HSV-010 have been recording a number of fastest times in the Super GT.
words: Hage’ pix: Hazwan Najims & Motorsport Asia