KUALA LUMPUR – The objective behind organising the KL City Grand Prix is to bring the excitement and first-hand experience of worldclass street races to Malaysians.
GT Global Race Sdn Bhd president and chief executive officer (CEO), M. Arrasu said the organisers estimated about 100,000 spectators enjoying the privilege of watching the live action of the race.
“We want this for the people of KL (Kuala Lumpur). Going to Singapore or Macau would be very expensive for the locals and ordinary Malaysians cannot afford it.
“This is a good opportunity for them to watch the race at close range, even from the top of a building,” he told reporters here today.
The three-day supersports racing festival beginning Friday is being organised for the first time in the streets of Kuala Lumpur and is estimated to be watched by 1.2 billion people from 115 countries through live telecast.
On the postponement of yesterday morning’s practice session, Arrasu said it was caused by a delay in closing the roads and clearing the traffic.
He said ‘closing down’ a thriving city like KL for a race was very challenging “but we managed it with great support from the authorities, especially DBKL (City Hall).
“So far, we received good response from teams and also members of the public on the race and track, one or two people worrying about the traffic congestion, otherwise very good response,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Automobili Lamborghini and Giorgio Sanna president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann hopes the race will be held next year as well, as the excitement level in Malaysia was getting higher.
“I think having a circuit in the city of KL is something outstanding, and something which has never been experienced before, so we are looking forward to a weekend full of emotions and battles for the podium,” he said.
The race event on the 3.2km temporary street circuit features various GT car races such as the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Cup, Formula Masters China Series, KL City GT Cup, as well as a V8 Supercars demo race. – BERNAMA