The Australian touring V8 Supercars join the ranks of KL’s first-ever street motor racing event
Caption – Technical Director KL City GP, Simon Gardini; CEO Sepang International Circuit, Datuk Razlan Razali; CEO V8 Supercars, James Warburton; President/CEO GT Global Race (M) Sdn Bhd, M Arrasu; Deputy Director General (Management) DBKL, Datuk Hj Mohd Najib Hj Mohd and Chairman GT Global Race (M) Sdn Bhd, Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanku Ja’afar
Less than 70 days remain until a slew of the world’s meanest muscle cars tears up a circuit that cuts right through the heart of KL’s central business district. Preliminary works on the track are under way with the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile having formally approved the KL City GP circuit design in late May.
The removal of traffic islands and the reshaping of curbs has already begun while the resurfacing of roads will start later in the month. The circuit, which runs through Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Perak and Jalan P Ramlee will be inspected by expert Tim Schenken in the following weeks, ensuring the highest standards of safety are maintained.
“There has been fantastic progress towards the culmination of our three-day racing carnival,” said race organisers GT Global Race (M) Sdn Bhd chairman Tunku Naquiyuddin recently, who went on to detail the four challenge cups that will take place as part of the extravaganza as well as the sizzling new addition to the ranks – the V8 Supercars.
Known as the “Thunder from Down Under”, the V8 Supercars will be participating with a demo race involving five cars driven by five seasoned drivers – Craig Lowndes, Scott McLaughlin, Chaz Mostert, Will Davison and Todd Kelly. Loud, fast and aggressive, these drivers race door handle to door handle, and provide serious heart-pumping action on track.
Exchanging of agreements of understanding between James Warburton and M Arrasu, cementing the four year agreement between V8 Supercars and the KL City GP
The V8 series is widely regarded as one of the most entertaining in the world, third in popularity behind only Formula 1 and Nascar. It was announced that a four year contract was entered into that will launch this year with a competitive exhibition race, followed by fully fledged races on the street track from 2016 onwards. With an army of dedicated fans not only in Australia but around the world, a large chunk of these is expected to descend on the capital to watch their favourite drivers compete.
V8 Supercars series CEO James Warburton said, “We are absolutely delighted to begin this partnership with the KL City Grand Prix and be the first international racing series to participate at this spectacular event.” The impact these V8 races and the KL City GP in general is poised to have on the tourism industry is huge, with 100,000 new visitors expected over the course of the three days with an economic spinoff of some RM750 million.
The other two races taking place are The Lamborghini Super Trofeo Cup and the Formula Master class – a new master series hailing from China, which together make up the four main international series categories.
The home-grown, flagship event will be the much touted GT City Cup and cars from across the four race classes will be entering in this highly anticipated street battle. Ferrari and Mercedes have also shown interest in the desire to directly enter this slot. If this happens, be prepared for a truly mixed marquee of GT racers in a nail biter of a competition. Stay tuned for more details on this soon.
Following the first release of ticket sales, the next wave of ticket and hospitality options is incoming any day now. Grandstand tickets range from RM450-RM350, while Walkabout tickets can be bought from as little as RM20.
Those who desire a more luxurious race experience can opt for G City Club tickets at RM3,500 or prestigious track side suites at RM4,000. These areas will feature extensive dining and viewing options.
Head to gtcitygrandprix.com to find out more on ticket prices and race details.