A THREE-DAY festival of super sports cars will be hitting the streets of Kuala Lumpur for the first time from Aug 7 to 9.
At the KL City Grand Prix, the public will have a chance to catch GT cars roaring across a 3.2km circuit within the main streets around the KLCC area such as Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan P. Ramlee.
GT Global Race (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd chairman Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanku Ja’afar said Malaysians have been huge fans of GT racing for decades and, over the years, some notable races had been held in Malaysia at racing circuits in Sepang, Pasir Gudang and the Batu Tiga Circuit in Shah Alam before it was closed in 2000.
“However, the KL City Grand Prix will stand out as the most remarkably unique motor sports event, not just in Malaysia but also in this region,” he said at the media launch and signing ceremony between the organiser, GT Global Race (M) Sdn Bhd, with business partners including Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
He said the event would be a major festival that would include a variety of interactive and entertaining experiences for the audience and visitors from around the world.
This includes a Cultural and Food Village, live concerts with Malaysian and international artistes, a gala dinner and a motoring manufacturer exhibition.
“In an independent study carried out by Price Waterhouse Coopers, it was reported that the event will draw about 100,000 tourists to the city.
“This figure is expected to grow annually, to reach 150,000 tourists per year by the year 2020,” he said, adding that the money raised from the resulting economic activities was estimated at more than RM760mil.
He also announced that GT Global Race had entered into an agreement with DBKL this year to organise the event for a five-year period, with a provision to extend it.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said they knew the event would be of substantial benefit to the people of Kuala Lumpur when they understood the concept of the event.
When asked on the traffic disruption in the city during the three-day event, he said DBKL would work closely with the police and other relevant departments to manage the traffic.
The circuit, which will have 11 turns, will start at Suria KLCC, proceeding onto Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Pinang and end at Suria KLCC.