SIC hope to attract big crowd for Japan GT race

KUALA LUMPUR: With less than two weeks to the Japan GT Championship's Malaysian leg, the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) are leaving no stones unturned in their preparation to stage the prestigious motorsports extravaganza. 

“Without a doubt, we will see the best Malaysian drivers vying for the Supercar and Supersixteen titles of the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) at the same track where world class Japan GT drivers will be in action,” said the Japan GT event coordinator Sherliza Zaharudin in a statement. 

First introduced in 2000, the Japan GT Festival was an instant hit among racing fans in the country and quickly gained recognition as an annual event in the region. This year's race will be held on June 18-19. 

Round 3 of the MSS, an international Classic Car Championship and the Formula BMW Asia will be the support races for the Japan GT event. 

Sherliza said the Classic Car race will feature drivers from Hong Kong and Singapore.  

Fans will also be able to see some of the best young talents in motor racing including Malaysia's Nik Iruwan Nik Izani in the Formula BMW.  

Toyota are leading both categories in the Japan GT championships with the Cerumo Supra partnership of Yuji Tachikawa and Seiji Ara heading the GT500 class and the WedSport Celica duo, Takayuki Aoki and Nobuteru Taniguchi, topping the GT300 class. 

Sherliza said the Japan GT races would be appealing to local fans because many of the cars can be seen on Malaysian roads. 

The SIC are hoping to attract about 50,000 fans for the race. Tickets are priced from RM30 and can be purchased at the on-going Auto-City Carnival 2004 at the Highway Auto City in Seberang Perai and the Japan GT Roadshow at Gurney Plaza, Penang. – Bernama 

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