Sepang All Set To Go With Its 9th Formula One Race

16th January, Kuala Lumpur - 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.

Slotted as the second round from April 6 to 8 at the customed-built Fl-circuit, drivers and teams competing at the 2007 Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix would also have for the first time the privilege of comprehensive testing at the track ahead of the actual race.
The new season would open on March 15 at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia where fans over the years had witnessed unpredictable results and teams unable to perform to their true strength and capabilities being the start of the season and limitations of the park circuit.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, SIC chairman Datuk Mokhzani Tun Dr Mahathir anticipated an interesting, fiercely fought race with the teams and drivers performing to their true capabilities as they would be fully prepared as they would be boosted by the precious three-day official test in Sepang.
"2007 marks the ninth edition of the Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix. More importantly, it also marks a new beginning for SIC," he said in reference to the F1 Teams first official test in Sepang from March 27 to 29.

"With this new programme, Formula One teams have now joined their counterparts in MotoGP and Japan's Super GT in making Sepang as their official test circuits," he said, adding that it was an important milestone in SIC's efforts to make Malaysia as the hub of world class motorsports activities in the region.

Sepang first staged the Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix in 1999 that started as massive public relations exercise to uplift Malaysia's image globally and to promote the country as a leading tourism destination as well as to make Malaysia as the new motorsports hub in the region.
Declaring that SIC was all ready to stage the 2007 Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, Mokhzani expressed confidence that they was able to break last year's attendance of 107,634 spectators with the support of the 2007 Visit Malaysia Year programme and the F1 test providing additional promotion ammunition for the event.

"It is perhaps fitting that the inaugural F1 test in Sepang coincides with the 2007 Visit Malaysia Year programme as Malaysia hopes to make as big and strong impact as possible among the international community to woo them to Malaysia and enjoy the Malaysian hospitality.
"Through Formula One, SIC hopes to provide a huge chunk of the 20.1 million international travelers and RM40 billion in foreign exchange from international tourism as targeted by Tourism Malaysia for 2007.

"Officially, we are targeting an attendance of 120,000 spectators for the race on April 8 with at least 48,000 of them being foreign tourists," Mokhzani said, adding that apart from the F1 race, SIC's support to the Visit Malaysia Year programme would also come from the Asian Festival of Speed in May, Japan GT Championship Malaysia in June, the Asian Grand Prix and the Merdeka Millennium Endurance race in August, the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in October and the A1GP Malaysia in November.
Fittingly, the launch of the 2007 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix coincided with the official launch of the Petronas-backed BMW Sauber F1 Team in Valencia, Spain where drivers Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica unveiled the new car for the 2007 season.
The guests at Impiana KLCC - which eincluded Petronas President Tan Sri Hassan Merican, Youth and Sport Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said; Tourism Minister Tengku Datuk Adnan Tengku Mansor; Federal Territories Minister Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique and the new Mayor of Kuala Lumpur Ab Hakim Borhan - were treated to an exclusive screening of the launch; thrilled by the superb performance and speed of the new BMW Sauber F1.07 machine. Sixth in the overall Constructors' Championship with 36 points last year, the BMW Sauber F1 Team scored two podium finishes last year with Heidfeld and Kubica taking third place in the Grand Prix of Hungary and Italy respectively.

At the ceremony, Mokhzani also presented Datuk Abdullah with tickets for the 2007 Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix worthed RM75,000 for the Prime Minister to give away as charity. Tickets for the 2007 Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix are priced as low as RM50. Students are offered a 50 percent discount for purchase of Hillstand C2 covered seats, which are selling at RM1 50.

For ticket information, e-mail to ticket@malaysiangp.com.my or call TICKET HOTLINE at 603-87782222. For more information on the event and SIC, log on to www.malaysiangp.com.my


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