Making national history, the KL City Grand Prix – Malaysia’s first ever street race in the national capital – is all set and ready to go and its promoter and organizer, GT Global Race (M) Sdn Bhd has expressed firm confidence that the inaugural event this weekend will be a resounding success.
“We are truly blessed with the unparalleled support from our partners and sponsors. They have been the inspiration and driving force to us in delivering Malaysia this historical event that will undoubtedly will enhance further the country’s status in the international arena and generating rich dividends for the people and the city of Kuala Lumpur.
“Most of these dividends, however, will be unseen physically as they would be in terms of tourism dollars for the services sector, the jobs generated for the locals plus millions of ringgit in terms of media value and international exposure of Malaysia as a progressive and vibrant capital city,” President and CEO of GT Global Race, M. Arrasu told a media briefing in Kuala Lumpur.
In its study, Price Waterhouse Coopers has estimated over 6,300 jobs to be created by the first event in 2015. Consequently, the national income raised from the resulting economic activities is estimated to be over RM750 million.
Carrying a theme of KL’s First Street Race – Excitement in the City, the KL City Grand Prix officially opens its three-day programme this Friday with the free practice sessions of all its events – the prestigious Lamborghini Trofeo Asia Series, the exciting single-seater Formula China Masters Series, the world renowned V8 Supercars Challenge and the flagship race – the inaugural KL City GT Cup.
Saturday will feature the qualifying sessions and the opening race of all the races plus Race 1 of the support races. Sunday’s programme will start as early as 9.30am and feature two races of Formula Masters China Series, two sessions of the V8 Supercar, Race 2 of the Lamborghini Trofeo Series Asia and the flagship race – the inaugural KL City GT Cup, which will be flagged off at 5pm.
Off-track, the organisers have also lined up an exciting programme including live concerts, cultural shows and a Post-Race concert featuring Dasha Logan, Kayda, Kyata Protocol, DJ Twinkles, Dennis Lau, Micheal Leaner and Radio 3000 as the main performance.
“We have been working very closely with our partners in ensuring an exciting, exhilarating, adrenaline-pumping but safe event with minimal inconvenience as possible to members of the public. We fully understand that other businesses will need to proceed as usual and we have worked out comprehensive mitigation plans with the relevant parties,” Arrasu said.
He stressed that without the support of the partners, the KL City Grand Prix event would remain merely a dream.
“As our key partner, Kuala Lumpur City Hall has been superb in facilitating and assisting us in the logistics especially in setting up of the temporary race track and various structures, drawing up the traffic management plan as well as managing all our stakeholders.
“The Federation Internationale De l’Automobile (FIA), which governs all matters on world motorsports, and AAM has provided us all the necessary inputs and support in ensuring that the race is staged with full compliance on safety of the safety of drivers, crew and members of the public attending the event.
“We also full backing of the Youth and Sports Ministry, Tourism Malaysia and all relevant Government agencies in extending their support and backing.
“Last not least, we have Sepang International Circuit (SIC) as our technical partner and we will draw from their years of experience in organizing the Formula 1, MotoGP and the just-concluded second edition of the World Superbike Championship yesterday to help us in the running of the races,” Arrasu added.
With a number of key streets in Kuala Lumpur needed to be closed to facilitate the event, Arrasu noted that there would be challenges in the mobility of people in the city. The affected routes are Jalan P Ramlee, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Raja Chulan and Jalan Perak, which will be closed for traffic from 6am to 6pm from Friday to Sunday.
“Before we decided on the location of this race, we have made a comprehensive study and had through discussions with our partners. We decided on the race site around the KLCC area because of the excellent public transport rail network within the area.
“This area is splendidly connected by Rapid KL’s underground and elevated LRT and monorail lines, which are unaffected at all by the road closures. The committee have held meetings with Rapid KL representatives and they are committed to support the event including the usage of their monorail stations as pedestrian bridges.
“Their LRT and monorail operations are well monitored by a sophisticated control centre that allows them to monitor crowd at their stations and to swiftly decide on frequency of the LRT and monorail trains to support the event,” he said, adding that Rapid KL rail network is connected with the KTMB and ERL networks which effectively means that fans need not drive to catch the event.
“We at GT Global would like to invite all fans including those outside Klang Valley to come and be part of this historical event. And, we strongly recommend you to use the public transport for a hassle-free traveling experience,” he said, adding the free Go KL bus service and other public bus services will continue to operate for three days but the routes adjusted accordingly to facilitate the event.
Arrasu said for travel advice and traffic management matters, fans can call the event’s Traffic Information Hotline at +6019-3747774 for assistance.
“We have also established a special Affected Properties Access Hotline at +6019-3645888. Alternatively, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We strongly recommend fans to like our Facebook page and follow our twitter for all the latest updates.
“We would also like to record our highest appreciation to our sponsors. They have instrumental to the success of this event. We are indeed very grateful to them as being the first year and still new, it was a little challenging for us in getting the confidence of the corporate companies for their support.
“But, I am very confident that with the success of this weekend’s inaugural race, we would not only secured their continued support for next year and beyond but more importantly, a host of new sponsors as well,” he added.
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