Malaysia thinking of night race

By on Saturday, February 26, 2011

The organisers of the Malaysian Grand Prix are hoping to stage a night race at the Sepang Circuit before the contract ends in a few years.

The circuit has seen spectator numbers drop since its first race in 1999 and executives have acknowledged that the facilities need upgrading.

“It has lost its lustre," Sepang International Circuit chief executive Razlan Razali said in an interview with AFP this week.

“Having Singapore next to us for F1 does not help and our biggest competitor is the television as many people prefer to watch the race from the comfort of their homes.

“[Also] when it rains, it [the main grandstand] leaks. People are not happy. The circuit was built in a record time but unfortunately there were shortcuts and poor maintenance.

“We should do one night race before we extend the 2015 contract [with FOM]. Maybe this will attract a bigger crowd as the weather at night will be cool [too],” Razali summed-up.

The Sepang circuit will host the second round of the 2011 championship, which takes place on April 10th.

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