SEPANG: Kedah will have its own racing circuit by 2017.
Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir said that the proposed circuit, on about 70 hectares of land in Sungai Petani, will help develop motorsport talent in the northern region.
“Sepang International Circuit (SIC), as our technical adviser, will later act as our management adviser to kick off things on the right track,” he said on the sidelines of the South-East Asia Motorcycle Business Forum in Sepang yesterday.
“We know there’s a big following for motorsports in the northern region and we aim to be the centre of activity there.”
SIC chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali said the proposed circuit, with a minimum length of 1.6km, will be rated Class 4 under the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) – the world governing bodies for car racing and motorcycle racing.
Class 4 circuits are allowed to hold national-level championships like the Malaysian Super Series (MSS), Touring Car races as well as cub prix races. Such circuits are not allowed to hold MotoGP or Formula 1 races.
“The circuit will come complete with off-road tracks for motocross, drag strip and paddock building to ensure its sustainability,” said Razlan.