Japan’s biggest and hottest racing series
(from the left) En. Khaleed Abd Aziz Senior Manager Petronas Motorsport, Razlan razali as Ceo Sepang Circuit, Mr Sato as corporate officer of GTA , MsYumiko Fujiwara, Japanese Embassy and Dato' Mokhzani Mahathir
Japan’s biggest and hottest racing series, the Super GT International Series will be making a return to the Sepang International Circuit from June 18 to 20.
SIC will play host to Round 4 of the racing series, and the 2010 Super GT International Series will mark the 10th anniversary of the event being held at the circuit. The race series has come a long way since it was first held at the circuit in June 2000.
“Malaysia is the only country to host the Super GT outside of Japan. When it first came to Malaysia, it was a purely Japanese race series, it was only followed by Japanese race fans and had Japanese sponsors,” said SIC CEO Razlan Razali.
“Now we have a significant number of Super GT followers in Malaysia, and there are many non-Japanese drivers taking part in the race. We also have two Malaysian corporations being part of the two top teams in Super GT, namely Mutiara Motors in GT300 and Petronas TOM in GT 500,” he said.
The Super GT International race series is held annually and takes place on renowned Japanese tracks such as Motegi, Fuji Speedway and the Suzuka Circuit. It has long been known among motorsports fans as a powerful combination of dazzling mean machines and their beauty queens.
The series was first brought to Malaysia in 2000, with cars divided into two different groups; GT500 and GT300 (based on the car’s horsepower). This year, 13 cars and 26 drivers will be battling for the championship title in the GT500 category, while 19 cars with 38 drivers will be competing in the GT300 category.
The 2010 Super GT International Series would also be featuring the new GT4 Asia Cup, the GT3 Asia Series, Yaris/Vios Experience Race in Sepang as well as the environmentally-friendly Scirocco Cup as the support races.
In conjunction with the race event, SIC will be organizing the children’s pit walkabout on Saturday, June 19 at 5.30 pm. The event will also feature the exciting circuit safari, where fans will get a closer look at the race as they are transported via a low-loader bus onto the track during the Super GT practice session.
Tickets for the Main Grandstand are priced at RM100 and tickets for K1 area are priced at RM70. Tickets for the circuit safari are priced at RM100, while parking charges are priced at RM5 for cars and RM2 for bikes (per entry).
Aside from the children’s walkabout, there are also numerous activities for children where they can meet with popular cartoon character Upin and Ipin, face painting and origami.
There will also be a charity car wash session at the circuit during the race weekend.
SIC will also be organizing a contest where fans will be able to win themselves GTR safety car rides, pit passes and circuit safari rides. To qualify, they will have to purchase a minimum of two tickets, answer three simple questions and complete a slogan.