Excitement builds as fans flock to KL street race
Fans eagerly taking pictures of the high-powered cars racing in the KL City Grand Prix. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Raymund Wong, August 8, 2015.Excitement is buzzing all around at the Kuala Lumpur Grand Prix (KLGP) as the deafening roar of the race car engines fills the city centre.
Eager to catch fleeting glimpses of these high performance vehicles, locals and tourists have flocked to the city with many bringing their children along.
A spectator, who wanted to be known only as Nizam, arrived at the circuit at 7am to make sure he did not miss any of the action.
“I wanted to be early. I love cars, I am an enthusiast and I was excited when I first heard about the KLGP,” he said.
Another spectator, Lee, 41, said he felt the race was well organised.
“I drove here with my 2-year-old son, and traffic wasn’t bad. I think the organisers have done a great job,” he said.
Rob Ireland, 47, who stays near the circuit said he didn’t mind the road closures or the noise.
“Overall I think it was organised well. The last couple of weeks were a bit of a hassle, but it’s been great. It’s good that they have decided to have it in the city,” said the Australian.
Ireland, who brought along his 9-year-old son, said the organisers made the right move in allowing the track to be easily accessible for the public to watch.
“You don’t need tickets, because you can still see the race, and my son is really excited to see the cars,” he said.
Ireland’s son William said his favourite car was the Lamborghini.
“Its really loud, and its really fast,” he said.
Supported by Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Sepang International Circuti (SIC), Tourism Malaysia and Ministry of Youth and Sports, the inaugural KL City Grand Prix features the KL City GT Cup as the main event and the Lamborghini Trofeo Series Asia, the Formula Masters China and the V8 demonstration race as the support races.
After the initial hiccups from yesterday’s rain-hit practice session, the KLGP has been running smoothly so far today with the practice session continuing this morning.
Race marshalls have been efficient in clearing cars that had broken down on the circuit during the practice and qualifying rounds.
Today will feature qualifying and the opening races for the support races with tomorrow showcasing the main race as well as Race 2 and 3 of the support races.
The organiser, GT Global Race, said the practice sessions, which began after 2pm, had to be delayed following the heavy rain as some stretches of the 3.2km circuit were flooded.
Five major roads in the federal capital will be closed to traffic during the KL City Grand Prix which continues till tomorrow.
Traffic flow was smooth this morning with the traffic police, Kuala Lumpur City Hall officers and Volunteer Corps (Rela) on standby to direct motorists.
The roads will be closed from 6am to 6pm for the event.
For race details, go to http://www.gtcitygrandprix.com. – August 8, 2015.
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