SEPANG SUPER GT – CREATING A WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT THROUGH MOTORSPORTS

Published on May 18th, 2011

New organiser JP Performance Motorsport is taking the bull by the horns in creating the biggest SUPER GT ever held in Malaysia, with exciting support races, a mega carnival, concerts, a rave party with some of the world’s best DJs and so much more.

If you thought the Malaysian F1 weekend was exciting, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

This 17-19 June, the Sepang circuit will play host to the SUPER GT Round 3, the only SUPER GT race held outside Japan, and it promises to be nothing short of a spectacular weekend of entertainment.

In their debut role as race organisers, having acquired the rights and awarded the contract to organise the event for 2011 and 2012, JP Performance Motorsport (JPM) is pulling out all the stops in creating a weekend of excitement that appeals to not just racing fans, but fans of cars, music, dance, fashion, food, anime and all things Japan.

“The SUPER GT races are one of most popular sports in Japan, and that is because it is more than just car racing. It is an entire package of adrenaline-pumping entertainment – from the support events, the sideshows and carnivals, music and entertainment, and of course, the very beautiful GT Queens as well,” said TJ Chin, Managing Director of JPM.

“We believe we can achieve the same kind of success here in Malaysia, perhaps even greater. We are, after all, in Kuala Lumpur – one of the most prolific entertainment hubs of the world – and we want to bring the cool city life we have down to the hot Sepang track.”

The following is a detailed guide on the various electrifying races and entertainment slated for the SUPER GT weekend at Sepang as well as other activities that are already ongoing.

MAIN RACES

GT 500

(Qualifying: Saturday 18 June| Race: Sunday 19 June )

The GT500 category will see cars with no more than 500 horsepower. Regulations in the GT500 are considerably looser than most GT classifications, and teams are free to change engines with other models made by the manufacturer, change the alignment of the engine, or add forced-induction systems to models which do not normally have it, however from 2010 onwards all GT500 cars run V8 engines displacing 3.4 liters. The new regulations result in cars that are possibly the fastest GT racing cars in the world and the pinnacle of touring car competitions.

The three top teams in the GT500 category are Nissan, Honda and Lexus, with a few others participating as well.

GT 300

(Qualifying: Saturday 18 June| Race: Sunday 19 June)

The GT300 category will see cars with no more than 300 horsepower racing and pitting it out on the tracks. Famous luxury car models such as Porsche, Lamborghini and Ferrari will battle it out against top Japanese car makes such as Subaru, Mazda, Nissan, Autobacs, Lexus and others in the GT300 category, making it much more varied in terms of types of cars entered and a racing category that has one of the most car manufacturers participating at the same time. GT300 cars, however, are much more regulated than their GT500 counterparts, because GT300 cars closely resemble road-going versions.

SUPPORTING RACES

GT3/GT4 ASIA CUP

The exciting GT Asia Series for 2011 combines GT3 Asia with the GT4 Asia Cup into one outstanding Championship, whilst making changes to the regulations to incorporate some of the best features from each Series. This makes for a better and more exciting show for the spectators.

RENAULT MEGANE CUP

Powered by 2.0-litre turbocharged engines boasting minimum power outputs of 250hp and above, 340Nm of torque from as low down as 3,000rpm and F1 inspired on-screen technology, the Renault Megane is an exceptional track car. Now you can catch them in racing action for the first time in the inaugural Renault Megane Cup that pits 25 of these speed demons against each other on one of the most challenging tracks in the world. You don’t wanna miss it!

TOYOTO VIOS CUP (THAILAND)

They make great passenger cars, but they race even better! Check out all the action in this exclusive race featuring cars and racers from Thailand driving Toyoto Vios cars like you’ve never seen before!

GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH YOUR PIT WALKABOUT AND PADDOCK PASSES

(All race days; Pit and Paddock Passes can be purchased)

Are the stands just too far away for you to fully appreciate the GT Cars? We know what you mean. That’s why SUPER GT is one of only a few races in the world which allows fans to get up close and personal with the cars, teams and drivers. A variety of ticket options give you access to various parts of the track – so make sure you get your passes beforehand!

A FAMILY CARNIVAL SHOWCASING JAPANESE CULTURE

(17-19 June, Sepang F1 Circuit)

The weekend will see the Sepang circuit transformed into a carnival city filled with stalls and booths where motor enthusiasts will be able to eat, shop, and play while experiencing the heat of excitement from the race. To celebrate the rich cultures of Japan, there will also be many side activities that will encourage the cultural exchange between the people of Malaysia and Japan. Attendees can expect to be exposed to all types of Japanese food, drinks, trinkets, music, fashion and even dance. Here are some of the highlights.

Anime Exhibition

One of Japans biggest exports and latest culture to take the world by storm is the anime culture. To share this unique and wacky culture with Malaysians, there will be art exhibitions, booth sales, games, cosplay, anime war games and performances.

Biggest Car Show of the Year

JPM will also be organizing the Biggest Super/Performance Car Gathering at the Sepang F1 Track on 19th of June 2011, Sunday. As most of you are aware, the Sepang F1 Track is 5.53km in length, and they plan to line-up the Super/Performance cars back to back along the entire track.

A rough estimation of such an arrangement would require between 600 to 650 cars of various models and sizes. To make this record breaking feat possible, JPM would like extend their invitation to CAR CLUBs, supercar and performance car owners to make this event a success. To encourage the club members, friends or anyone who are keen to be part of this record breaking attempt, JPM would like to offer 4x Granstand Tickets worth RM400 to each participating car.

Kids Walkabout

A special Kids Pit Walkabout session will allow children to get up close and personal with the SUPER GT race cars and teams for FREE. Usually, race teams will give out freebies such as stickers, stationaries and toys to the children during this activity.

Circuit Safari

Another attraction of the SUPER GT is the safari bus ride where fans will be taken for a 10 minute ride in a bus around the Sepang track while the SUPER GT cars and doing their warm up laps.

Flea Market & Weekend Bazaar

Select from a vast amount of stalls and booths to get your dose of Japanese and Malaysian cuisine, fashion and trinkets.

ROCK CONCERT – HELD ON THE TRACK!

(Sunday 19 June, South Paddock)

Rock out like never before to leading local and regional rock bands in the first ever concert to be held on the actual Sepang racing track! Band line-up will feature popular local and Indonesian artists and will be confirmed this week.

VELOCITA – OFFICIAL SUPER GT RAVE PARTY FEATURING TOP INTERNATIONAL DJs

(Saturday 18 June, 6pm onwards, Sepang)

Get your hearts racing with some of the best trance and progressive Djs in the world as they make their way down for the first every SUPER GT VELOCITA outdoor rave party! The DJ line-up is set to be announced this week.

SUPER GT MALAYSIA QUEEN PAGEANT 2011

The search for Malaysia’s very own GT Queen has begun. This is the first year this pageant is taking place and the winner of the pageant will not only receive RM2,000 and other amazing prizes, as well as being flown to Japan for a unique once-in-a-lifetime chance to undertake professional modeling training and become a professional GT Queen.

‘CHO KAWAII’ PHOTO CONTEST

(Competition ongoing; Finals held on Saturday 18 June at Sepang F1 Circuit)

Snap a picture with your best pose to win great prizes! Catch the ‘Kawaii’ team as they visit universities, restaurants, shopping malls, and popular hangout places around Malaysia and snap Kawaii pictures with the public, and upload the pictures onto the SUPER GT Facebook Page.

Then get all your friends to link your picture, because the picture with the most likes will win a 32 inch LCD TV!

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTESTS

(Ongoing; visit facebook.com/SUPERGT.my)

The official SUPER GT Facebook page is chock-a-block with fun information, contests and activities for you to take part in.

Fun motoring jokes and quotes

Interesting SUPER GT and motoring facts

FREE Grandstand / Pitwalk pass worth RM100 will be given out daily

An interactive platform for the public to hold discussions, ask questions and understand the SUPER GT.

ROADSHOWS

The SUPER GT team will be on the road until the event weekend at an array of malls and commercial areas in and around the nation. Detailed schedule and activities will be announced next week.

Tickets for the SUPER GT in Sepang are priced at RM100 (for two day Grand Stand passes). JPM is currently offering an early bird price of RM 88 per ticket. The SUPER GT tickets can be conveniently purchased at all 7-11 outlets nationwide. For more information on the SUPER GT or on how to get your tickets, log on to www.supergt.com.my or www.facebook.com/SUPERGT.my

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