SEPANG, 28 Oct 2019:
Sepang International Circuit (SIC) is confident of attracting more than 100,000 spectators to the Malaysian GP motorcycle championship (GP Malaysia) at the SIC Circuit here from Nov 1-3.
SIC chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali said more than 80,000 tickets had been sold so far and sales were expected to pick up when the championship begins with the free practice session on Friday.
GP Malaysia drew 169,827 spectators last season.
“We are confident of hitting 100,000 in ticket sales by race day on Sunday. In terms of preparations, we are at 90 per cent level of readiness on and off the circuit,” he told at a press briefing on the traffic flow and public transport arrangement together with representatives of KLIA police and Rapid KL at SIC here today.
Razlan advised those going for GP Malaysia to take public transport, including Rapid KL buses and e-hailing service My Car, throughout the championship to avoid traffic jams.
He also said SIC had spent more than RM24 million on renovation works at the circuit since January this year to give spectators better comfort.
“This is the allocation we got from the savings made on the previous F1 race after not extending the contract to stage F1, and we have asked the government’s permission to use this allocation for SIC renovation works.”
Meanwhile, Prasarana group chief operating officer (operations) Muhammad Nizam Alias said the company would provide almost 200 buses to ferry spectators of GP Malaysia.
There will be three main pick-up points – KL Sentral, KLCC and KLIA – and the buses will be in operation from 8am to 9pm on Nov 1-2, and 8am to 7pm on Nov 3.
Muhammad Nizam said bus ticket sales for watching GP Malaysia started on Oct 16 at four LRT stations in Kuala Lumpur – Pasar Seni, Masjid Jamek, KLCC and KL Sentral.