KUALA LUMPUR – The Sepang International Circuit issued an apology to all teams involved in the Sepang Drag Battle for a glitch in the timing system during the much-anticipated Round 4 race over the weekend.
“There was a glitch in the timing system which naturally caused frustration amongst the teams and spectators alike. SIC has launched a full investigation because the timing system was tested prior to the race and functioned as required.
“During the testing session we conducted a series of simulated drag races and everything went smoothly. However, that was not the case on race day,” said SIC in a statement issued yesterday.
In IPOH, Muhammad Iskandar Pathi, 34, representing the drivers, supporters and mechanics involved in the Sepang Drag Battle lodged a police report at the Ipoh police headquarters because they were not happy with SIC since there was a glitch in the timing system on race day.
“The reason given by the SIC is not acceptable because it happens every time the race is held. Such incompetence can tarnish the image of the race and have a negative impact on spectators,” Iskandar had said after lodging a police report in Ipoh, at 11am yesterday.
He added that teams or individuals had spent about RM80,000 or more, depending on their respective car and make, to participate in the race while fans had also paid to buy tickets to watch the race.
Meanwhile, SIC in the statement said: “We understand the teams’ commitment and investment to participate and their expectation for a glitch-free event, thus we have endeavoured to make preparations. We personally contacted all teams and have come to a consensus and agreement with the teams on the following.”
* Free participant entry for the two replacement rounds (Round 3 & 4), to be held on dates that are to be confirmed.
* Refund of entry fees for Round 4
* Additional 2 passes for each team for Round 5
* Free admission for spectators for Round 5.
“We very much regret the incident and are committed to ensure such incidents do not recur because we know drivers put their heart and soul into the race and we (SIC) understand this,” it said. – Bernama