Super discounts for 2004 F1 race


BY LIM TEIK HUAT

PETALING JAYA: Sepang International Circuit (SIC) have announced a reduction in ticket prices of up to 25% in their bid to attract 120,000 spectators to the Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix next year. 

The cheaper tickets are for seats in the main grandstand and at the grandstand on the eastern side (F) of the circuit. 

The SIC press officer, Azhar Ghazali, said yesterday: “A seat at the South Corporate Platform in the main grandstand, which was priced at RM1,600 for a three-day package this year, will now cost RM1,200. And those who buy tickets early will get further discounts.” 

Except for the Special Sunday tickets, which are priced at RM100 for entry on race day only, fans can enjoy a 10% discount on all other tickets purchased before the end of this month. 

For tickets purchased between June 1 and Feb 28 next year, fans can enjoy a five per cent discount. From Feb 29, all tickets will be sold at normal prices. 

The Grand Prix next year has been provisionally scheduled for March 19-21 and it will again be the second round of the World Championships. 

“The exact dates will be announced by the FIA (International Automobile Association) at the end of the year. But we are confident that it will be in the third week of March,” said Azhar. 

While seats at the South Corporate Platform, which faces the back straight, have been reduced by RM400, seats at the north side have been reduced from RM150 to RM550. 

The North Corporate Platform seats have a prime view of the front straight and activities at the pit and on the podium. 

Ticket prices for seats at Tower 1 and the lower tiers of both North and South Tower have also been reduced by 17% to RM1,000 for a three-day package. 

Tickets for the Platinum seats at the F Grandstand will now cost RM1,000 for three days. 

There is also reduction in prices for the Gold seats in the F Grandstand. A three-day package is now priced at RM800 against RM1,000 this year while a two-day package for Saturday and Sunday proceedings are priced at RM700, which is a reduction of 20% or RM200. 

Crystal and Jade seats, which face the front straight, are priced at RM1,400 and RM1,200 respectively compared to RM1,650 and RM1,400 previously. 

The organisers have also cut prices for Ruby seats by RM50 to RM1,400 compared to RM1,450 this year. 

“With the lower prices, we are confident of bettering this year's attendance of 101,485 spectators,” said Azhar. 

Besides spectator seats, the organisers are also selling hospitality areas for racing fans to enjoy the race within their 18 corporate suites in the main grandstand and the Paddock Club in the pit building. 

Promotions for next year's event began the day after this year's event with a colourful launching ceremony at Menara Kuala Lumpur on March 24. 

A promotion team, led by senior manager Shuhainie Shamsudin, are currently in Indonesia to promote the event. 

While in Indonesia, the team will meet top travel and tour agents to brief them on events at the Sepang F1 circuit, including the upcoming Merdeka Millennium Endurance race and the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. 

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