2007 Malaysian Formula One Race on April 8

9th August, Kuala Lumpur - The ninth edition of the Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang will be staged from 6th to 8th April next year.

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.

The Malaysian round, however, will remain as the second round of the world championship with the opening race of the 2007 season to be held in Melbourne, Australia from 15th to 18th March. Bahrain will stage Round 3 a week after the Malaysian round from 13th to 15th April 2007.

Commenting on the 2007 dates, Sepang International Circuit General Manager Datuk Ahmad Mustafa said Sepang International Circuit was happy that with the three-week gap between the Australian and Malaysian rounds, adding that it would give a longer period for its promotional drive.

In promoting the event, Ahmad said Sepang International Circuit would continue to emphasise on the regional market of Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, the Phillipines and India as its key markets apart from the traditional European sectors of Britain, Germany, Italy and Finland as well as venturing into South Africa.

The 2007 Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix will be the ninth edition of Sepang’s F1 race, which traced back to 1999 when it was staged as the penultimate round in October.

In the following year, the Malaysian race was staged as the final round before it was shifted as Round 2 in 2001 where it had permanently remained as the second round of the Formula One World Championship.

2007 will see Sepang International Circuit adding a new international event in its calendar with the hosting of the inaugural 24-Hour K4 Grand Prix Endurance, which is organised by prominent event management company Mad House of Japan from 10th and 11th February.

Other major events would include the Japan GT Championship Malaysia in June, the Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race in August, the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in October and the Malaysian A1 Grand Prix of Nations in November.

With 2007 being the Visit Malaysia Year and the Government’s new emphasis on sports tourism, the Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix and the other international motor racing events are set to be the country’s strongest tool to woo in the foreign tourists.

With a race attendance of more than 107,000 spectators for the F1 race this year, Sepang International Circuit declared itself ready to accomplish its magical target of 120,000 spectators for the 2007 Formula One race.

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