They may not be Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso or Kimi Raikkonen. However, by the end of tomorrow (Saturday, 23 March 2013), one of them can still walk away with the title as the Malaysian Grand Prix champion as well as a brand new Proton Satria Neo R3.
Yes, the Grand Finals for 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix Simulator would be held tomorrow with the 10 finalists pitted against each other in a knockout competition at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) centre stage at the on-going 2013 Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix.
“We will be having this grand competition at the heart of the Mall Area and I would like to invite all fans to witness this historical event. Tomorrow we are going to crown the virtual champion of the 2013 Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix,” says SIC Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Razlan Razali.
While the champion would walk away with a brand new Proton Satria Neo, the losing finalist and second-placed winner would win a Modenas bike. Eight others would take home consolation prizes with bag full of goodies from the event sponsors.
“But, the bigger prize above all these items will undoubtedly be the bragging rights and the grand title of the Malaysian Grand Prix champion. Based on the competition that we had in the preliminaries, it’s going to be one exciting battle,” added Razlan.
The 10 finalists were selected at the 2013 Formula 1TM PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix road shows, which was held in four locations at City Square in Johor Bahru, Gurney Plaza in Penang, Sunway Pyramid at Bandar Sunway and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
Kicking off at 3pm, the 10 finalists would be paired for a direct one-on-one challenge in the simulator in a virtual contest around the challenging Sepang Circuit with five players proceeding to the quarter-finals.
A special balloting would be conducted, which would earn one of the quarter-finalists a bye into the semi-final round while four others will need to earn their places in the semi-final, which is scheduled at 3.30pm.
In the semi-finals, all three would then go against each other where the top two would proceed to the final, which has been scheduled at 4.25pm.
Apart from the simulator contest, fans can also indulge in a host of other exciting off-track activities from extreme sports of rallying, drifting, ATV adventure and go-karting at the PETRONAS Primax Experience or a more relaxing experience at the Malaysian Tourism Pavilion, which would open tomorrow.
Fans can also indulge in a serious shopping spree as the trade and vending kiosks would be offering exclusive motorsports and F1 merchandise items, which only come with this prestigious event.
On-track, Saturday’s programme would be featuring the qualifying sessions for the 15th edition of the Formula One PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix and the 10th edition of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia as well as the opening race of the GP2 Series and the 2013 Malaysian Super Series.
Tickets to catch the event can be purchased via on-line at www.sepangcircuit.com.my or at the SIC Customer Service office at the circuit or by calling TICKET HOTLINE at 603-87782222.
words & pix: SIC