The year 2011 is set to end with a bang at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) as the Sepang 1000 KM, enters its third edition this December, providing the perfect climax to what has already been an unforgettable season of racing at SIC.
A spin off from the popular Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race (MMER), the Sepang 1000 KM will be back to thrill the fans on the 1st to 3rd December, pitting production cars below 1900 cc and drivers from as far as Japan in a mini version of an endurance race.
SIK, which has had its first two editions in the first week of June, decided to schedule the race in early December this time around to reflect S1K’s status as the new racing season finale and to provide additional time for the participants to prepare their cars.
“The main reason for the change in S1K is to provide more time for participants to prepare their cars. Scheduling it to the end of the year will also be a highlight for the year; and also to finish off the year with a big event.
“We would also like new racers to have more practice by participating in the Malaysian Super Series rounds before venturing into more challenging S1K immediately.
“We also want the S1K to be a platform for teams and individual racers to progress a step further in the MMER the following year, SIK will also be positioned as the finale for SEA Asia Championship for the year and will be expecting participants from around the region and emulating the historic Macau GP,” added Razlan.
Besides the rescheduling of the race which reflects S1 K as SIC’s new season finale, this year’s race would also see major changes in its race regulations in a bid to move Malaysian motorsports forward in terms of development, progress and safety. “A major change in the S1K this year is on the cars’ eligibility; in which only cars from 2006 and beyond will be allowed to participate. This is to move forward for Malaysian motorsports in terms of development, progress and safety,” said Razlan.
“The race cars will be eligible to race in SIC for a minimum for five years to justify the investment by the teams and drivers. “It was also decided as we want to see more variety of manufacturers and have received positive feedback from Honda, Toyota, Renault, Peugeot and even Proton.
“We may see a decline at first as teams and drivers are still either selling their old race cars or still in the midst of acquiring the right race cars. Some may also take a wait and see attitude … after many discussions, we decided that we need to move forward and move on onto newer cars.
This year’s race will see 23 cars on the grid with local car manufacturers, Proton leading the way with 15 cars set to do battle in the Class 2.
Proton will also have a representative in the premier Class 1 as Team ASG take to the track in a Proton Inspira led by Krish Shanmugam, Alex Ritchie and Ryan Ritchie.
Besides watching the action unfold, fans would also get the opportunity to purchase exclusive Formula One tickets for the unbelievable price of RM10. For a limited time only, 1,000 hillstand tickets will be up for grabs for the fans on a first come first serve basis.
Tickets will be sold at the pass collection centre @ PG3 (just before paddock tunnel) and Corporate Suite 6, Main Grandstand Mall Area. Counter tickets will be opened during the duration of the race and will continue to be open even after all the 1000 tickets have been sold.
Those who miss out on the exclusive RM10 tickets can still opt to purchase Early Bird F1 tickets, with tickets going for 50% less except for Main Grandstand.
SIC Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Razlan Razali in announcing this exclusive once in a life time promotion, explained the rationale behind the offer, saying that it was SIC’s way to thank the fans for their support during the 13 years of F1 in Malaysia.
“This exclusive offer should by no means considered as a sales strategy, rather as a way for SIC to thank the fans for their support during the 13 years of F1 in Malaysia.
“SIC as the home of motorsports and we play a big part in promoting motorsports in Malaysia. We want more fans, from all walks of life to come and experience the real thrill of motorsports, and what better way for them to do that, than to come to Malaysian Grand Prix.
Besides ticket sales, there will be many other side activities held during the race including pocket bikes demonstrations, drifting, go-kart rides and motorclub gatherings.
Entrance is free to watch the race. Paddock passes will be on sale at the paddock entrance. For more info, log on to www.sepangcircuit.com or call +603 8778 2222.
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