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Malaysian F1 GP on course to drawing 100,000 spectators

Wednesday March 30, 2011

By KNG ZHENG GUAN

The Petronas Malaysia F1 Grand Prix is on course to meet a target of 100,000 spectators for the event scheduled for April 8-10.

The Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chief executive officer, Datuk Ahmad Razlan Ahmad Razali, said yesterday that they had thus far sold more than 60% of the tickets.

“Most of the tickets sold are grandstand tickets and the choice of having Rain perform in an after-race concert does seem to boost the sales,” he said.


Warm greeting: ASP Hambazi Abdul Rahman (left) shaking hands with SIC CEO Datuk Ahmad Razlan Ahmad Razali during a joint press conference at Fahrenheit shopping mall Tuesday. AZHAR MAHFOF / The Star.

The concert is for grandstand ticket holders. Meanwhile, in anticipation of drastic increases in vehicle movement for the F1 race, police will introduce counter flow stretches to accommodate traffic for the LCCT sector.

From 11am, an additional lane will be created for traffic heading towards LCCT, beginning from the roundabout near the KLIA mosque at Km1.4.

The flow would then move back into its normal route at Km7.1, the traffic light junctions after the circuit. And the counter flow will be reversed after 4.30pm to accommodate vehicles leaving after the race. Besides that, Razlan also said that the SIC would abolish the coloured parking zone system used in previous years.

“The parking ticket price will now be at a standard rate of RM50 for three days for all zones and it will be on a first come first served basis,” he said.

However, he added that spectators are encouraged to use public transport and the SIC were working closely with Skybus, ERL and KTM Bhd to provide better services.

This article is a verbatim copy of the original article from The Star.

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