The History of the Malaysian Grand Prix and the Sepang International Circuit – Racing Above the Straits of Malacca

Racing in this part of the world dates back to the time where Singapore was a constituent of the Malaysian Federation and promoted racing on the Thomas Road Circuit.

In Retrospect
During the tenure of office of Mahatir Mohammed, there were numerous projects and programmes to transform Malaysia in to a modern and stable economy as well as tourist hub. Thus, the Sepang International Circuit came in to being just before the new millennium. Many a Sepang hotel sprang up in its vicinity and close to the shore of the Malacca Straits to cater to the growing numbers.

The Straights and the Bends
Designed by Herman Tilke, a German who went on to carve a name for himself as a result of this project and several others in Shanghai, Marina Bay and Austin, the Sepang Circuit is not the conventional track one is accustomed to.

The Mega Events
Malaysia is no stranger to mega malls, mega hotels or mega events. With the likes of AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort not too far away, the Sepang Circuit was naturally well positioned to host the Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race and the local Motor Cycle Grand Prix.

A Spectator’s Delight
Almost throughout the event, the spectators can witness what is going on as the venue is built in the form of a valley.

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The Legendary Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia

When it comes to the world of motorsport, nothing captivates and attracts a following quite like Formula 1. Featuring the fastest course racing cars in the world, that has the capability of taking turns at speeds in excess of two hundred kilometers per hour; it is a sport that is truly exciting. The Formula 1 has a global audience in excess of four hundred and fifty million people, and most of its fans follow the event with a zealous conviction and infantile enthusiasm. When it comes to Asia, the circuits that house these prestigious events are limited, and the one that is most reputed is the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia.
The Sepang International Circuit is a very short distance away from the Kuala Lampur airport, and is located in close proximity to many reputed places of accommodation. If you’re looking for a Sepang resort where you can indulge in comfort while quenching your thirst for adrenaline-fueled Formula 1 action, then AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort is just the place for you. The circuit was designed by famous German designer Herman Tilke, whose passion for formula one and the circuit design is well known across the globe. Tilke has designed some of the most famous circuits all over the world from Abu Dhabi, to Shanghai to the United States. The circuit was inaugurated by Malaysia’s Prime Minister and began operation in 1999. In addition to multiple Formula 1 events, the Sepang International Circuit has hosted various other events such as MotoGP superbike racing.

The circuit contains many facilities to entertain its visitors, such as go-karts and paintball. Designed by Tilke, using the same tarmac as the main track, the special go-kart circuit gives a truly top-notch racing experience. The circuit’s unique offering of paintball allows players in two teams of 5 to compete in either in elimination or capture the flag style face-offs. All these facilities combined make the Sepang International Circuit, one of the must-see locales in Malaysia.