Monday, May 24, 2010

Autobacs SuperGT 2010 returns to Sepang

Japan's biggest and hottest racing series, The Autobacs Super GT International Series, will be making a return for Round 4 in the racing calendar, to Sepang International Circuit from 18-20 June 2010.

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 purely a Japanese race series, it was only followed by Japanese race fans and had Japanese sponsors", Razlan Razali, CEO of Sepang International Circuit.

"Now we have a significant number of Super GT followers in Malaysia, and there are many non-Japanese drivers taking part in this race. We also have two Malaysian corporations being part of the two top teams in Super GT, namely Mutiara Motors in GT300 and Petronas TOMS in the GT500 Series.", he added.

The Super GT International Race Series not only is recognised to be held at renowned Japanese tracks such as the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit, The Fuji Speedway and the Suzuka Circuit, it is also long being known among motorsports fans as a powerful combination of dazzling mean machines and their beauty queens.

This year's Super GT International Series would also be featuring support races by the all-new GT4 Asia Cup, the GT3 Asia Series, Yaris/Vios Experience Race in Sepang as well as the environmentally-friendly Scirocco Cup.

In conjunction to the racing event, SIC will be organising the children's pit walkabout on Saturday, 19 June 2010 at 1730hrs. The already eventful Super GT International Series being held at Sepang will also feature the ever exciting Circuit Safari, where fans will be able to get a closer feel and look at the race as they are transported via a low-loader bus doing the laps around the track during the Super GT practice session.

SIC will also be organising a contest where fans will be able to win themselves a ride in the Super GT Official Safety Car, the Nissan GTR-R35, 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.

There will also be a charity car wash session at the circuit during the race weekend.

More info, visit SuperGT @ SIC.

source: Media release by Sepang International Circuit.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Asian Festival of Speed

The season's opener of the Asian Festival of Speed was held at Sepang International Circuit from 14-16 May 2010. Fans will get a chance to witness five action packed race series with the GT3 Asia as the Grand Race, with the newly introduced GT4 Asia Cup, Formula BMW Pacific, Asian Touring Car Series and the ever exhilarating Classic Car Club of Hong Kong Race Series completing the action packed schedule of events on track.

Spectators are also entertained with the arrival of an expecting 1000+ cars from various car clubs at the Grandstands area organised in conjunction with AFOS together with Traffic Online Magazine.

Our local Malaysian driver, Mok Weng Sun, had a perfect weekend during the Season's Opener of the GT3 Asia in his home track here, in Sepang. Mok took the chequered flag after completing 15 laps of the 2nd Round of the race 10.698s ahead of second placed driver, Tunku Hammam of Arrows Racing while Team Clearwater Racing's David Lai claimed third.

Fans were also given the opportunity to visit the pit lane during a pit walkabout session which was opened after the AFOS Pre Race Ceremony. Spectators were given the opportunity to get a closer look at the cars and to interact with the drivers as well as the ever lovely promo girls and the arrival of the AFOS Angels.

The pairing of Dilantha and Adrian Henry D'Silva claimed his first ever win in the GT4 Asia Cup in Sepang International Circuit during the season's opener of AFOS.

"It was a fantastic race despite starting the weekend with our 4.7L engine blowing, but the team did a great job of replacing it with a 4.3L engine", D'Silva, during the Post Race Press Conference.

"Dilantha had a phenomenal start and the gap he opened up for me meant I only needed to take the car home safely", he added concluding the Post Race Press Conference.

Singaporean Simon Waters and his teammate Australian, Mark Williamson, finished the GT4 Asia Cup second in their Dynaten Motorsports Aston Martin, while Ryan Marsden of Dynaten Motorsports Aston Martin completing the podium.

The GT4 Asia Cup race rules states that each car needs to pit for a specified period of time, this is calculated by combining the time taken to drive the length of the pitlane at the speed limit and adding it together with a time for the driver change. This equalises the difference between a single driver car and a two driver car. Tactically, teams can either gain time with a fresh driver or risk losing precious time in case of errors during the change.

More info, visit Asian Festival Of Speed online.