Saturday, March 24, 2007

125,000 Spectators expected for Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

WITH up to 125,000 spectators expected for the Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix on April 8, race promoter Sepang International Circuit (SIC) strongly advises racing fans to use public transportation to come for the race.

SIC general manager Datuk Azmi Murad said the circuit was anticipating a huge turnout of fans with its targeted 125,000 spectators likely to be met given the current excitement of the world championship and the pull of the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 programme.

“While I have nothing against people driving to the circuit, it makes plenty of sense for one to choose public transporting for the F1 race especially making full use of the ERL F1 package,” he said at the official launch of the KLIA Transit Formula One Transfer Package.

With an offer rate of RM100 for the entire three days of travelling, Azmi said the package was not just economical for the fans, it would also guarantee comfort and convenience so that they can enjoy the race.

Noting that traffic flow has always been the main complaint of the fans, Azmi, who is also the Senior General Manager (Operations) of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, said SIC would be doing its very best to ensure smooth traffic flow during the race weekend.

“While we agree that the traffic management could be further improved for the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, I must stressed that Malaysia has one of the best systems with the after-race traffic cleared in less than an hour.

“This year, we aimed to cut the period even further. But, to do that, we desperately need the help of all the spectators coming for the race,” he said, adding that to do that SIC would need full cooperation from the public.

He also said fans should buy their tickets and parking passes early and avoid buying tickets at the last selling point at the KLIA Limousine Terminal on the way to the circuit.

“Secondly, do not park at the side of the roads. Park at spaces allocated by us so that your cars do not block the other vehicles. Thirdly, follow all instructions given by the police and lastly, try to use public transportation,” he added.

Priced as low as RM50, tickets for the event can be purchased via the Internet at

Alternatively, call the TICKET HOTLINE at 03-8778 2222.

Source : STAR
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