SEPANG, 1 September 2016 – Sepang International Circuit (SIC) has registered a record of 31 cars entering the 2016 Sepang 1000 Kilometre Endurance Race (S1K) today. This is a significant growth in entries since the S1K was introduced four years ago. Last year, there were 22 cars entered, while 2014 saw a 25-car entry list.
SIC Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Razlan Razali noted that there were several contributing factors influencing this growth. “SIC’s track and sporting department has been more aggressive in recruiting participants this year. Besides, the timing of the event in September rather than towards the end of the year in November or December has helped. Additionally, our effort to ensure that the cost of racing at Sepang is more affordable through initiatives such as the appointment of Yokohama as the Official Tyre for the event, which provides savings to all the teams, has also been very beneficial. This year, we are seeing a number of new participants who are participating in the S1K for the first time. We have also increased publicity through online platforms this time around as we see this as a good way to reach out to audiences, especially the younger fans,” he said.
Speaking at the briefing session for the S1K drivers and team managers on Thursday, Dato’ Razlan remarked on the host of leading drivers in the entry list, which added to the excitement and fan appeal of the event. “It is very encouraging to see names like Faidzil Alang, Farique Hairuman, Farriz Fauzi, Keifli Othman, Tengku Djan Ley Tengku Mahaleel and even celebrity Zizan Razak on the entry list this year. The increased interest is very positive for the future of our homegrown events like the S1K here in Sepang. I also encourage all the S1K participants to take part in our MCS championship. An expanded entry list and injection of fresh blood will be beneficial to Malaysian four-wheel racing,” Dato’ Razlan said.
The S1K runs for 181 laps around the 5.543km Formula 1 track in Sepang. It opens on Thursday, 1 September with official practice before the qualifying session on Friday, 2 September. The race will be flagged off at 1230pm on Saturday, 3 September.