SEPANG: Sepang International Circuit (SIC), sporting a brand new Main Grandstand roof, is all ready to host the nation’s biggest motorsports event taking place this weekend.
It will be a special one for SIC as they will celebrate 20 years of the Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix held here with an expected crowd of 100,000.
SIC will showcase its newly installed tension membrane roof cover at the Main Grandstand and its refurbished restrooms – costing a total of RM15mil.
SIC chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali said they had excess money under the SIC allocation from the government and they used it to give the circuit a new look.
“We had this excess fund as we no longer host the Formula 1 race, ” said Razlan.
“The upgrading and replacement works were crucial to provide top-class facilities for our customers – the spectators.
“The roof was leaking at certain parts previously and people had even poked fun by giving the name “Sepang waterfall”. But it’s in the past as this new structure will give adequate protection from the weather elements.
“This will be the biggest motorsports event we are hosting and 90% of the preparations are done, ” he said during a briefing for the traffic arrangements for the Malaysia GP yesterday.
Razlan is optimistic SIC can sell more than 100,000 tickets for the three-day event. “We have sold more than 80,000 tickets as of last week and I expect interest to pick up in the next few days. In fact, we have sold out the Main Grandstand tickets some time ago, ” said Razlan.
“I hope the fans attending will choose to come by public transport.
“There are various forms of public transport in place and e-hailing services too. We are encouraging the fans to use them to help reduce the traffic congestion, ” he added.
A record turnout of 169,827 spectators attended the three-day event last year and a total of 200 police personnel will be on duty.