Race carnival full of attractions


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  • Monday, 23 Mar 2015

Get your motor running: The 17th edition of the 2015 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix is returning along with an exciting line-up of entertainment to woo visitors from Friday to Sunday at SIC.

THE 17th edition of the 2015 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix is returning along with an exciting line-up of entertainment to woo visitors.

Sepang International Circuit (SIC) is hosting round two of the events from March 27 to 29, including a carnival that will be held concurrently.

Both the track activities and F1 Carnival will kick off on Friday.

A giant ferris wheel at the heart of the circuit will give fans a view of the race from the height of 15.24m.

“There’s also world-class entertainment and side events that one can only enjoy at SIC,” said SIC chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali at a press statement.

“And, best of all, you can enjoy all of these with just one race ticket.

Tickets are priced from RM80.

On Saturday and Sunday, a host of extreme-style activities including drifting, karting and rallying, at designated zones around the circuit called the Xtrack will take place.

Activities lined up under the F1 Carnival umbrella include ‘The Haunted House’, ‘Inflatable Olympic Course’ and ‘Cool Zone’ water games area for children, carnival games and street performances around the Mall Area as well as a wide choice of food and beverage eateries.

Fans can also enjoy the F1 Village, a dedicated retail area for exclusive Formula 1 team merchandise.

At the air-conditioned game zone area, there are driving simulators to show off one’s skills and win prizes.

The F1 Village will also house a unique bazaar of interesting motorsports-themed and team merchandise.

The Malaysian Grand Prix Gala 2015 will take place on Thursday (March 26) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Patriotic task: Sheila Majid is scheduled to sing the national anthem at the 2015 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix.
Patriotic task: Sheila Majid is scheduled to sing the national anthem at the 2015 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix.
 

The gala will feature The Jacksons in concert which is open to the public.

Programme highlights on Friday include an educational Pit Walk where the first 1,500 fans will be allowed to have a close view of the pit garages.

Guests will have a rare opportunity to experience and see what goes on behind the scenes and take photographs with the cars, teams and possibly the attending drivers as well.

Fans can relax in front of the main stage at the mall area and enjoy a host of performances throughout the two days, starring top local deejay acts, local performers and dance performers.

“For the race day on Sunday, I strongly recommend fans to come to the circuit as early as possible not only to beat traffic congestion, but to enjoy a host of activities that we have lined up,” said Razlan.

The track action will open two support races — the Malaysian Championship Series (MCS) formerly known as the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) and the newly-launched TCR International Series.

The F1 carnival and its supporting activities, however, will commence at 9am.

The popular one-hour Drivers’ Autograph Session is scheduled from 11am and fans have the opportunity for an exclusive meet-and-greet with the F1 drivers.

The race day at the main stage in the mall area will see a special press conference and a meet-and-greet session for lucky winners with the K-Pop stars from the After-Race Concert — Girls’ Generation and SHINee at noon.

Visitors can also expect to see the 22 competing drivers being formally introduced to spectators before the race as they journey in an open-top bus around the 5,543-metre track .

Malaysian songbird Datuk Sheila Majid will sing the national anthem.

“This year’s race starts at 3pm,” Razlan said, adding that there would be 56 laps in the contest to the finish.

The After-Race Concert at the SIC Helipad after the race, will feature top K-Pop groups Girls’ Generation and SHINee as the joint main act.

For the first time, the concert will be open to all ticket holders at no extra charge.

Gates will open at 4.30pm and is estimated to end at 8pm.

For tickets, visit www.sepangcircuit.com or call 03-8778 2222 or through SIC’s promotional kiosk at Nu Sentral, KLCC and Paradigm Mall.

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