Sepang International Circuit (SIC), promoter and organizer of the Malaysian Super Series (MSS), will host an expanded programme this weekend with strong international flavour as competitors from various regional series gather at the circuit including first-timer Hong Kong Touring Car Championship.
Joining them to add excitement to Round 3 of the MSS Cars championships will be the Macau-based Touring Car Series Asia, the hugely popular Asia Classic Car Challenge Series, and the Supercar Thailand Series that will also feature their Super 2000, Super 1500 and Super Production 1500 championships.
“Indeed, it is unprecedented for our MSS to have this many international race series as the supporting events. This is indeed a massive recognition to the series and to us as the MSS organizer,” SIC Chief Executive, Officer Datuk Razlan Razali said today.
Under the MSS, top international drivers like Singaporean Mok Weng Sun and Sri Lankan Dilantha Malagamuwa will be challenging their Malaysian counterparts in various categories – GT, Sports Production, Touring Production and Malaysian Touring Car Challenge (MTCC).
Launched in 2002, the MSS started off with only the Supercars and Supersixteen championships for the car categories; but had grown and evolved to become the national championship for track racing; along with the bike championships running under the two-wheel category.
“We’re indeed very proud with the progress that the MSS had made over years. Not just in terms of participation and unearthing of new racing talents; but also in the overall development of the motorsports industry including professionally-run racing teams,” he said.
“We aim to make full use of this opportunity this weekend to woo them back to Sepang for our 12-hour Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race in August,” he said, adding the international touring cars would perfectly suit to the requirements for participation in the Touring Production category.
“The supercars, on the other hand, could compete in the GT category for the MMER,” added Datuk Razlan, who announced that this year’s edition of the endurance race will have an afternoon start on 1st September, one day after the National Day celebrations on August 31.
According to Datuk Razlan, after introducing an endurance format of a one-hour race at the previous round for the MSS classes, competitors for the GT, Sports Production, Touring Production and the MTC Challenge would revert back to sprint races in a 10-lap battle for each race.
“We tried out the endurance format at the last round. So for this round, it’s back to sprint races … it’s to make the competition more interesting,” Razlan said.
Unlike the previous rounds this season, this weekend’s event would also incorporate the MSS biking competitions, which is running its second round and featuring for the first time the new SIC Ninja 250 Cup that was officially launched last Sunday.
“This is a new series that we have introduced this year as part of our GP Wildcard Programme to unearth more local talents and to provide them the opportunity of competing against the best at our Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix as wildcards. We will then consider them for full participation in the Moto3 category to follow the footsteps of Zulfahmi Khairuddin,” he said.
Apart from the new SIC Ninja 250 Cup, the MSS bikes would feature its regular Superbike, Superstock and Supersports Championships.
“In all, I can say that there would be plenty of racing action and excitement for the fans to enjoy. Fans will get to see an array of stylish supercars and a gathering mean touring race machines and top drivers in action. Definitely, something that motor racing fans would not want to miss,” Razlan added.
Fans can catch all the actions from the Main Grandstand this weekend for free. In addition to the excitement, Sepang International Circuit will also be promoting the Early Bird tickets to the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in October. The Early Bird promotions will end this month. Tickets can be purchased via sepangcircuit.com, KL Sentral and at the circuit itself.
MALAYSIAN SUPER SERIES 2012
Friday, 13 July 2012
1100hrs – 1120hrs SIC Ninja 250 Cup – Free Practice
1130hrs – 1150hrs Superbikes/Superstock – Free Practice
1200hrs – 1220hrs Supersport – Free Practice
1230hrs – 1300hrs Supercar Thailand/Super 2000 – Free Practice
1300hrs – 1400hrs Break
1415hrs – 1445hrs Hong Kong Touring Car Championship – Free Practice
1455hrs – 1525hrs Super 1500/Super Production 1500 – Free Practice
1535hrs – 1605hrs Touring Car Series Asia – Free Practice
1615hrs – 1645hrs GT/Sports Production/Touring Prod/MTC – Free Practice
1655hrs – 1725hrs Asia Classic Car Challenge – Free Practice
1735hrs – 1805hrs Hong Kong Touring Car Championship – Qualifying
Saturday, 14 July 2012
0830hrs – 0850hrs SIC Ninja 250 Cup – Qualifying
0900hrs – 0920hrs Superbikes/Superstock – Qualifying
0930hrs – 0950hrs Supersport – Qualifying
1000hrs – 1030hrs Touring Car Series Asia – Qualifying
1040hrs – 1110hrs GT/Sports Production/Touring Prod/MTC – Qualifying
1120hrs – 1145hrs Supercar Thailand/Super 2000 – Qualifying
1155hrs – 1215hrs Super 1500/Super Production 1500 – Qualifying
1225hrs – 1255hrs Asia Classic Car Challenge – Qualifying
1305hrs Hong Kong Touring Car Championship – Race 1 (10 laps)
1350hrs SIC Ninja 250 Cup – Race 1 (10 laps)
1435hrs Superbikes/Superstock – Race 1 (10 laps)
1525hrs Supersport – Race 1 (10 laps)
1610hrs Supercar Thailand/Super 2000 – Race 1 (10 laps)
1655hrs Super 1500/Super Production 1500 – Race 1 (8 laps)
1740hrs Touring Car Series Asia – Race 1 (10 laps)
1825hrs Asia Classic Car Challenge – Race 1 (10 laps)
Sunday, 15 July 2012
0900hrs SIC Ninja 250 Cup – Race 2 (10 laps)
0945hrs Superbikes/Superstock – Race 2 (10 laps)
1030hrs Supersport – Race 2 (10 laps)
1115hrs – 1130hrs Supercar Thailand/S2000/S1500 – Warm Up
1145hrs Hong Kong Touring Car Championship – Race 2 (10 laps)
1230hrs Asia Classic Car Challenge – Race 2 (10 laps)
1315hrs Supercar Thailand/Super 2000 – Race 2 (10 laps)
1400hrs GT/Sports Production/Touring Prod/MTC – Race 1 (10 laps)
1445hrs Super 1500/Super Production 1500 – Race 2 (8 laps)
1515hrs Touring Car Series Asia – Race 2 (10 laps)
1600hrs GT/Sports Production/Touring Prod/MTC – Race 2 (10 laps)
words & pix: SIC