Saturday, August 8, 2015

2015 KL City Grand Prix: Racers set to tackle city streets


KUALA LUMPUR: It was fast and furious for racers during the practice sessions of the inaugural KL City Grand Prix.

Three Malaysians are among the 16 drivers vying to become the champion of the first KL City GT Cup, the highlight of the four races scheduled this weekend.

Former F1 test driver and 2009 Renault 3.5 World Series runner-up Fairuz Fauzy said he was delighted to be part of the historical event.

Fairuz, who will be driving a Lamborghini Gallardo, said it was difficult to name the favourites as this was the first time that the event was being staged in Kuala Lumpur.

“It would be an open affair. Everybody will be racing in the city for the first time. It’s the same for everyone.

“No one has an advantage,” he said, adding that street racing was more challenging than circuit racing.

“I sincerely hope that this will be an annual event.

“We will have more promotions and it will be even greater next year,” said Fairuz.


He added that the race would also be more entertaining as the circuit was being brought to the crowds.

The KL GT City Cup race rewards the fastest driver and car to cross the finish line in a challenging 3.2km circuit over 25 laps starting from Suria KLCC.

The two other Malaysian drivers are highly experienced season competitor Adrian d’Silva and Afiq Ikhwan Yazid, a former Asian karting champion who currently competes in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asian Series.

Yesterday, the first practice session scheduled between 8.30am and 12.30pm did not take place after a Federation Internationale de l’Automobile track inspector wanted more work done.

KL City Grand Prix race director M. Ravin said in a statement that all programmes started after the completion of all improvement works, adding that the stewards were satisfied during the reinspection at 1.30pm.

Initially, each race category was scheduled to have two practice sessions in the morning and evening.

The KL City Grand Prix, to be on until tomorrow, would pass along some of the busiest roads in the city – Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Perak and Jalan P Ramlee.

City folks have been advised to use public transport on the three days.

Tickets are priced at RM350 for the Perak, Sultan Ismail and Ampang grandstands and RM450 for the P. Ramlee Pit grandstand.

Premium walkabout tickets are priced at RM50 each for adults and RM20 for children between the ages of three and 12.

Gates open at 9am daily.

For ticketing details and other information, visit www.gtcitygrandprix.com. For traffic updates, call the 24-hour hotline 019-374 7774.

*Taken from thestar.com.my

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