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After a hiatus of more than 10 years Malaysia will be sending a Wild Card entries to this year’s MotoGP 125cc event. Elly Idzlianizar Ilias and Mohd Zulfahmi Khairuddin were short listed from the Malaysian Wild Card program which initially started with 16 participants.
 
Four young hopefuls, Elly Idzlianizar Ilias, Md. Iskandar Raduan, Mohd. Farid Ahmad and Mohd Zulfahmi Khairuddin are working hard to represent Malaysia for a spot in 125cc class. The former 250cc MotoGP rider, Shaharol Yuzy is in charge of passing his experience to the four young riders in the Malaysian Wildcard program. Shaharol is confident that any of the four riders have the chance racing into MotoGP 125cc class race as a Wildcard entry.
 
Malaysia has played host to MotoGP for 19 years, a pact which started in 1991. Coming to October, motorsports fans will be treated to the world’s biggest motorcycle race, and perhaps, the most exciting motor racing event worldwide at the Sepang International Circuit.
 
Team Petronas Syntium made their way up to win the race completing 306 laps in 12 hour Merdeka Endurance Race. The grand race was flagged off by Motorsport Association of Malaysia Chairman Dato’ Azman Yahya after the National anthem was played.
 
Defending champion team Porsche Club Singapore is set to start the tenth edition of the Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race tomorrow ahead of 43 cars; 15 cars in class O, 10 in class A1 and 19 in class A2. Come and watch the excitement where entrance to circuit is free.
 
Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race has established itself as a world class event with participation from drivers that have raced in Lemans, World Touring Car Championship and more. This year's edition with the country's top motorport expert gathering at the Sepang International Circuit to make this weekend a success for Malaysia in the month of Merdeka.
 
Cartrade Group is sponsors Volkswagen as the official  transport for Medeka Millennium Endurance Race. Dato Ilyas Mohamed of Cartrade Group handover vehicles to SIC Chief Strategy Officer Sharmila Nadarajah at the Volkswagen showroom, The Curve shopping mall.
 
Estimate around 50,000 spectators will be watching live  Super GT at Sepang. 33 teams from GT300 and GT500 will compete among themself, around the circuit for 54 laps. Beside Super GT will also have support races from Formula V6 Asia, GT3 Asia and Aston Martin Cup Asia.
 
This year, Joao Paulo Lima de Oliveira and Seiji Ara of WOODONE ADVAN Clarion GT would be trying very hard to defend the title they won last year at Sepang. After three rounds of Super GT 2009, the GT500 is currently led by combination of last year GT500 Super GT Round 4 winners.
 
Super GT International Series Malaysia 2008 has announced a 50 percent discount for the first 10,000 ticket purchases to kick off promotions for the race. The offer is limited to the first 5,000 purchases of the Main Grandstand tickets and another 5,000 for the K1 Grandstand.
 
Racing fans will have a unique opportunity of catching actions at the upcoming 2008 Super GT International Series Malaysia at Sepang Circuit from June 20 to 22 from the sky from the comfort of hot-air balloons. Several hot-air balloons would be strategically located at vantage points to allow perfect view of the racing actions at the event.
 
Inspired by the success of the just-concluded Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang International Circuit (SIC) is aiming a similar impact for the upcoming Super GT International Series Malaysia, which will be held at the circuit from 20'h to 22nd June.
 
Team Hong Leong-Kencana Racing - with drivers Mokhzani Mahathir, Sven Herberger and LeMans driver Lars Erik Nielsen, taking the checkered flag, completing 288 laps in the 12-hour endurance race and a record in the eight-year history of the series. The previous record was 276 laps achieved in 2005 by Amprex Proton Motorsports.
 
 
Suzuki’s John Hopkins has put newly crowned MotoGP champion Casey Stoner ahead of four-times Malaysian GP MotoGP winner Valentino Rossi as the top contender at the 2007 Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix this Sunday.
 
 
Determined to score a historical double at the 2007 Malaysian Super Series, Malaysia's top driver Boy Wong Yew Choong has opted to compete in the Supersaloon Championship over the 1600cc class at Round 4 at Sepang Circuit this weekend.
 
 
Suzuki’s John Hopkins has put newly crowned MotoGP champion Casey Stoner ahead of four-times Malaysian GP MotoGP winner Valentino Rossi as the top contender at the 2007 Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix this Sunday.
 
 
With MotoGP having already crowned Casey Stoner as its new champion and the battle of 125cc riders looking set to go to the wire to the season finale in Valencia, motorsport fans at Sepang Circuit will look to Jorge Lorenzo for a world championship celebrations at the 2007 Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix this Sunday.
 
 
The International Racing Teams Association (IRTA) has confirmed all the MotoGP riders will be attending the meet-the-fans session. Motor racing fans will have a rare opportunity of meeting all the MotoGP riders in a specially arranged 'meet-the-fans' session on Saturday, October 20 at the circuit in conjunction with the 2007 Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix next weekend
 
 
In a swift cross-continent turnaround after the thrilling race at Estoril, MotoGP heads to the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan this weekend. The race will have big implications for the 2007 MotoGP title race, with two possible scenarios that will decide when or whether Casey Stoner can be crowned with his first MotoGP World Championship.
 
Team Hong Leong-Kencana Racing - with drivers Mokhzani Mahathir, Sven Herberger and LeMans driver Lars Erik Nielsen, taking the checkered flag, completing 288 laps in the 12-hour endurance race and a record in the eight-year history of the series. The previous record was 276 laps achieved in 2005 by Amprex Proton Motorsports.
 
14-year old Form Two student of Sekolah Sri Cempaka in Damansara, who clocked 2 minutes 15.052 seconds in qualifying yesterday to upstage three-time MME winner Tommy Lee and Bill Ng of Singapore. 2007 Petronas Primax 3 Merdeka Millennium Endurance has provided a valuable experience for him and that it would significantly enhance his motor racing career.
 
While a proposal to turn Sepang’s prestigious Merdeka Millennium Endurance into a 24-hour race fast gaining momentum, racing legend Hans Joachim Stuck believes the race should remain as it is and instead build further as a prominent 12-hour international endurance race.
 
Partnering Singaporean Mok Weng Sun and Ringo Chong, Dilantha helped the team with a aggregate time of 2 minutes 9.654 seconds around the 5.543-km Formula One track in a powerful Porsche 911 GT3 RSR race machine, which the Sri Lankan used in the Dubai 24Hour endurance.
 
With Sepang hosting the penultimate round of the year and Casey Stoner in red hot form, the 2007 Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix could well be the stage to crown the young Australian as the new MotoGP champion.
 
Targeting 50,000 spectators for the race, Sepang International Circuit (SIC) has described the 2007 Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix as its biggest challenge. This year is expected to fall either on October 13 or 14, the 2007 Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix will be held at Sepang Circuit from October 19 to 21
 
Super GT International Series in Malaysia race, Round 4 of the 2007 AUTOBACS SUPER GT, took place at the Sepang International Circuit with total lap = 5.542 km. Crowds and spectators watch the race are 34,150 spectators.
 
TAKATA DOME NSX will start from the front row in the final race tomorrow. In the first qualifying session in the morning, TAKATA DOME NSX driver, Takashi Kogure, run the fastest time at 1 min. 54.383 sec, which breaks the best course record of 1 min. 57.824 sec.
 
Winner of the Malaysian round last year, Ralph Firman came to Sepang Circuit today to the shock of his life when being told that Sepang had laid a new track and that it was going to be used for the first time this weekend for the 2007 Super GT International Series Malaysia.
 
Defending champion Yasuhiro Kuhara won Round 2 of the Malaysian Super Series at Sepang Circuit today; picking up 45 points to open his tally in the five-round Superbike Championship but virtually gave up in the overall title chase.
 
Defending champion Yasuhiro Kuhara clocked the fastest time in qualifying at the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) to take pole position for the opening race of the Superbike Championship at Sepang Circuit tomorrow.
 
Beaten in the opening race, Malaysian Wira Dani Daim and his superlight Radical SR3 machine bounced back in Race 2 in the battle of the supercars to beat Sri Lankan Dilantha Malagamuwa and win Round 2 of the Malaysian Super Series at Sepang Circuit today.
 
A strong showing in the Malaysian, Australian and Japanese races could see the overall classification turned on its head, and whoever finishes the triple flyaway in the driving seat will be a clear favourite to take the title.
 
Totally outclassed in his debut at the world stage last year, Indonesia’s riding sensation Doni Tata Pradita gets a second chance to prove himself against the world’s best 125cc riders at the 2006 Marlboro Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix this weekend in Sepang.
 
With a total haul of 201 points, Hayden goes into Round 13 at the 2006 Marlboro Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang this weekend in search of his third victory of the season and a mission of strengthening his claims as champions in the premier class in MotoGP.
 
Blazing through a newly re-surfaced track Sepang Circuit South Track, Wira Dani Daim clocked the fastest lap time to take pole position for the opening race of the Supercar Championship at the 2007 Malaysian Super Series tomorrow.
 
Australian Brent Odgers, winner of the Superbike title in 2003, scored a double victory at the opening round of the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) biking competitions with Malaysian Lee Ching Hooi struggling to keep up with the top riders.
 
 
After a year's absence, two-time superbike champion, Lee Ching Hooi will be making a comeback to the Malaysian Super Series, which opens its five-round biking competition this weekend in Sepang. He would return to the track with newly-established Kawasaki Malaysia Racing Team; partnering seasoned campaigners Faiz Yahya and Mohd Edham Khalid.
 
After three sensational rounds in Japan, the 2007 Super GT International Series moves outside Japan and to a different kind of battleground where the usual cold weather and chilling winds changed to blazing sunshine, scorching heat and high humidity and with an equally high probability of rain and a wet race.
 
In the most action packed weekend of the Formula V6 Asia history, the race almost ended as soon as it began. An over aggressive move made by teenager, Adderly Fong on the inside of Marchy Lee on turn one resulted in a disastrous pile up that ended the race for Lee, Karl Reindler, Armaan Ebrahim, Ken Lee and himself.
 
A fantastic pole to flag win was achieved again by Fariqe Hairuman in the Asian Touring Car Series today at the Asian Festival Of Speed held at Sepang International Circuit. The Petronas Syntium Team driver raked in full points for his weekend in front of the home crowd, leaving his competitors behind him once again with a 12 second gap.
 
Marchy Lee marked his return to the racing scene with a pole to flag win during the Super Sprint race of the Formula V6 Asia at Sepang International Circuit today. Prior to the race, Lee mentioned “It was a good surprise and I am happy for the surprise pole position that I received as we had some troubles during the qualifying with our tyre pressures. The race will be close and it will be a great race”.
 
It was a good start to the season for the Petronas Syntium Team driver, Fariqe Hairuman, who scored an emphatic win on home ground in Asian Touring Car Series. The 24 year old led from pole to finish, leaving his competitors behind him by a good 18 seconds.
 
The Malaysian hopes to raise the flag proudly in front of the home crowd that will no doubt be in full support of the touring car driver. Hairuman set a time to beat with 1:13.180 on lap 10 of the first Free Practice Session today.
 
The Asian Festival Of Speed has begun with Armaan Ebrahim setting the fastest overall time in the Free Practice Sessions held at Sepang International Circuit today.  The young Indian driver clocked the fastest time of 1:00.534 on the North track of the circuit in what is set to be an impressive debut season in Formula V6 Asia with Team TARADTM.
 
The talented 20 year old will be competing for the 2007 season of the Formula V6 Asia with team Eurasia Motor sport. When asked if he would be jet-lagged for the race this weekend, the driver, who arrived yesterday morning from the UK said, “I’m not sure, I really don’t know how I cope with the traveling , but so far I’ve been able to handle it.
 
Tied on 35 points after the two races with identical 1-2 finishes in the compulsory two races, Wira Dani Daim stunned favourite and defending champion Dilantha Malagamuwa to win the opening round of the Supercar Championship in the Malaysian Super Series at Sepang Circuit.
 
Offering packages described as `a win-win Fl formula', SIC chairman Datuk Mokhzani Tun Dr Mahathir called on the corporate companies to take opportunity from the Formula One race as a platform to enhance and explore their business opportunities while supporting a national agenda by the Government.
With 2007 celebrated as the Visit Malaysia Year, the ninth edition of Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix is expected to be a tourist's dream with the entire nation of Malaysia packed with fascinating programs and incentives for travelers especially within the Malaysian Formula One race week.
GT Association announces that the season of AUTOBACS SUPER GT 2007 series will begin on the 17th of March at Suzuka Circuit, and the 4th round of the series is held at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) on 24th of June, under the name of “Japan GT Championship Malaysia”.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi officially launched the ninth edition of Malaysia's Formula One race at Impiana KLCC in Kuala Lumpur as fans worldwide wait anxiously of what they see as the start of the real battle in the 2007 Formula One World Championship at Sepang F1 Circuit .
Team Proton R3 successfully retained their Petronas Primax 3 Merdeka Millennium Endurance (MME) to become the first team to win the coveted title twice as Tengku Djan Ley Tengku Mahaleel celebrates his second winners’ medal at Sepang Circuit today. Only 50 cars of the 77 starters completed the 12-hour race.
Reigning champion Proton R3 Racing will have a perfect start to their title defence of the Petronas Primax 3 Merdeka Millennium Endurance 2006 after securing pole position in qualifying at Sepang Circuit yesterday. The race will be flagged off at midnight tomorrow by Malaysia Motorsports Commission Chairman Datuk Azman Yahya.
The 2007 Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, to be held at Sepang F1 Circuit from April 6 to 8, will be officially launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi on Tuesday (January 16) at Impiana KLCC Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
Suria KLCC’s Tower Record will be selling more than just music and movies this January. Racing fans can also get tickets for 2007 Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix at discounted prices with limited edition F1 gifts.
Every time the world’s top sprinter Alessandro Petacchi’s career is described, it starts with a win in Mersing at the end of Stage 6 in the 1998 Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) when he was still a young professional with Scrigno-Gaerne, the same team that is now known as Panaria.
Formula One promoter Sepang International Circuit (SIC) will go a more aggressive campaign beginning January in selling tickets for the 2007 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix including offering limited special-priced tickets for on-line purchasers.
Despite the thin cloud cover, the temperature rose higher than Saturday. Before the start of the race it had reached 33 C. with a track temperature of 44 C. During the race the clouds cleared and the temperature rose further, making for tough conditions on the track
 
“I support Japan. I think Japan will beat Brazil,” said Hasami, who, however, did not say whether her loved national team would go all the way to lift the World Cup for the very first time.
 
Lyons, who won the Malaysian round with Satoshi Sotoyama in convincing style last year, will be partnering Michael Krumm in the MOTUL AUTECH Z race machine for Nismo Racing Team and would be determined to repeat the feat to put the team championship challenge back on track.
 
In a truly grand style to promote the 2006 Japan GT Championship Malaysia, Sepang International Circuit (SIC) organized a GT car parade around Kuala Lumpur this weekend with last year's winner in Sepang, Richard Lyons leading the way.
 
For full enjoyment of the upcoming Japan GT Championship Malaysia 2006 at Sepang Circuit next weekend, fans are recommended to get their GT Kit. Currently being offered at RM320, the GT Kit comprises a package of a RM150 Main Grandstand ticket; a RM100 pit walk about and a unique exclusive Sepang Circuit headphone radio priced at RM100 that provides live commentary of the race.
 
While the teams and drivers compete for the coveted title as conqueror of Sepang F1 track, the Japan GT Championship Malaysia 2006 will witness an equally fiery battle off the track for the title for the best GT Queen.
Carrying an additional 70kgs of weight handicap, a mountainous task awaits championship leaders Ryo Michigami and Takashi Kogure of Team Honda Racing at Sepang Circuit as the fourth round of the Super GT Series gets underway this weekend.
The 2006 season of the region’s premier single seater series will continue with Rounds 3 and 4 being held at the state-of-the-art Sepang International Circuit as part of a thrilling Super GT this coming weekend June 24th and 25th. The competition promises to be intense between the best single seater drivers in Asia.
Driving a Nissan Fairlady Z for Nismo Racing Team, Krumm, who would be partnering Ireland’s Richard Lyons for the race on Sunday, became the only driver to clock below the two-minute mark with a time of 1 minute 59.614 seconds in the first practice session around the 5.543-km circuit.
 
Championship leader Firhat Mokhzani continued his supremacy in the JPM Honda Integra Cup Malaysia after scoring a comfortable victory in Round 3 of the new series at the Japan GT Championship Malaysia at Sepang Circuit today. Winner of the opening round last month and second in Round 2, Firhat led from start to finish to finish the 10-lap race around the 5.543-km Formula One track in 25 minutes 46.836 seconds.
A record five Pro Tour cycling teams will lead a star-studded cast in next year’s Le Tour de Langkawi which will take place from Feb 2-11. The five are Bouygues Telecom (Fra), Credit Agricole (Fra), Francaise des Jeux (Fra), AG2R (Fra) and Unibet.com (Swe).
The final stretch to the AFC Asian Cup 2007 Finals starts with the Official Draw on December 19 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The AFC’s biggest competition ever, featuring the top sixteen national teams in Asia
Formula One Management Ltd (FOM), the worldwide rights holder for the Formula One World Championship, has formally informed Sepang International Circuit of the provisional 2007 dates in a letter recently. The final 2007 event calendar is only issued by FOM at the end of the year. 
Cool enigmatic German Marcus Ehning thumped his fists in the air and hugged Sandro Boy when they cleared the last fence of the second round of the third final competition of the FEI World Cup Final in Kuala Lumpur to clinch the 2006 title, his second World Cup wins
World No 1 Marcus Ehning makes it look so easy. He gets Cinderella into a very good rhythm and simply keeps it through their qualifying round. In the jump-off, he just steps up a gear and cuts all the corners.
The fifth visit to Malaysia for the machines of SUPER GT was as exciting as it was hot. Amid tropical temperatures and suffocating humidity that had hovered over the circuit all weekend, 42 of the most highly-developed HAKO racing cars on the planet put on a show that kept the Malaysian audience on their feet, despite the sweltering heat and blazing sunshine.
A joint statement Proton R3 chief Tengku Djan Ley, who is also a driver in the team and Genji Hashimoto, team director and owner of Amprex Motorsports said that steps were being taken to bring in a new engine from Lotus to be in time to participate in tomorrow’s final race session.
Former F1 driver Ralph Firman continued to sizzle on a favourite track of his, setting a new course record en route to winning pole position for Team Arta NSX in the third round of the Japan Super GT (Grand Touring) Championships at Sepang Circuit today. 
Ralph Firman recorded the fastest time in free practice at Round 3 of the Super GT Series as the 2005 Japan GT Championship Malaysia gets underway at Sepang Circuit today.
Secretary General of the Japan GT Association (JGTA) , Jiro Kaji said today that Proton’s debut in Round 3 in the Sepang F1 Circuit June 25-26 was significant as it was an important milestone in the development of the seven-round series into a major international motor racing event.
Perhaps Japan’s most distinguished racing driver, Toranosuke Takagi had raced on all of the world’s best racing circuits. But, come Sunday at the 2005 Japan GT Championship Malaysia, the former Formula One driver would be racing at Sepang F1 Circuit for the very first time. 
After nine days on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean and a swift clearance at Port Klang yesterday, the fifty-five 40-footer containers carrying 43 Super GT machines and loads of other racing equipments today entered Sepang Circuit, which was a hive of activities today as it prepares for the 2005 Japan GT Championship Malaysia next weekend.

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