KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6, 2015:
More than 100,000 spectators are expected to flock into the city centre over the weekend when the KL City Grand Prix kicks into full throttle this Friday.
Its promoter and organiser, GT Global Race (M) Sdn Bhd, expressed confidence that the inaugural event — which was the country’s first ever street race in the nation’s capital — will be a resounding success.
GT Global Race president and chief executive officer M. Arrasu said the event would enhance the country’s status in the international arena and generate rich dividends for the people and the city of Kuala Lumpur.
“Most of these dividends, however, will be unseen physically as they would be more in terms of tourism dollars for the services sector.
“This will also be in the form of jobs generated for the locals, plus millions of ringgit in terms of media value and international exposure of Malaysia as a progressive and vibrant capital city,” he said in a statement.
He said world-renowned auditors Price Waterhouse Coopers estimated that more than 6,300 jobs would be created by this first event in 2015.
Consequently, the national income raised from the resulting economic activities is estimated at more than RM750 million.
Carrying the theme of “KL’s First Street Race – Excitement in the City”, the KL City Grand Prix officially opens its three-day programme this Friday with free practice sessions of all its events.
The races will have four categories, comprising Lamborghini Trofeo Asia Series, the single-seater Formula China Masters Series, V8 Supercars Challenge and the flagship inaugural KL City GT Cup.
Saturday will feature the qualifying sessions and the opening race of all the races plus Race 1 of the support races.
Sunday’s programme will start as early as 9.30am and feature two races of Formula Masters China Series, two sessions of the V8 Supercar, Race 2 of the Lamborghini Trofeo Series Asia and the flagship race — the inaugural KL City GT Cup — which will be flagged off at 5pm.
Off-track, the organisers have also lined up an exciting programme, including live concerts, cultural shows and a Post-Race concert featuring Dasha Logan, Kayda, Kyata Protocol, DJ Twinkles, Dennis Lau, Micheal Leaner and Radio 3000 as the main performance.
“We have been working very closely with our partners in ensuring an exciting, exhilarating, adrenaline-pumping but safe event with minimal inconvenience as possible to members of the public.
“We fully understand that other businesses will need to proceed as usual and we have worked out comprehensive mitigation plans with the relevant parties,” Arrasu said.
He also praised Kuala Lumpur City Hall, as a key partner, for superbly facilitating and assisting in the logistics, especially in setting up the temporary race track and various structures, drawing up the traffic management plan as well as managing all the stakeholders.
On race safety, he said The Federation Internationale De l’Automobile (FIA), which governs all matters on world motorsports, and Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) have provided all the necessary input and support.
This was to ensure the race was staged with full compliance of the safety of drivers, crew and members of the public attending the event.
“We also have full backing of the Youth and Sports Ministry, Tourism Malaysia and all relevant government agencies in extending their support and backing.
“We also have Sepang International Circuit (SIC) as our technical partner and we will draw from their years of experience in organising the Formula 1, MotoGP and the just-concluded second edition of the World Superbike Championship yesterday to help us in the running of the races,” Arrasu added.