KL City Grand Prix: Porsche and Audi R8 LMS to miss inaugural race

The countdown to the inaugural KL City Grand Prix is marked at just a mere 10 days away, and much has happened with respect to that. GT Global Race CEO, Mr M Arrasu commented recently that the proposed Porsche Carrera Cup and Audi R8 LMS Cup races will not be scheduled at the upcoming KL City GP.

Mr Arrasu mentioned that the reason the two race cups series are being dropped from the roster is due to the lack of time. Not just any time, but track time rather, because the city centre cannot be closed a moment longer than required.

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Having covered that, it was also reported by an English daily that the organisers of the race had not formally applied for an event license. The Sports Commissioners Office has yet to issue an Event License to GT Global Race (M) Sdn Bhd who are hosting the KL GP. Failing that may result in them breaching the Sports Development Act 1997 and facing a fine of up to RM5,000 or a jail term or both.

With just 10 days on the clock, it would be a shame to see this inaugural city race be cancelled for the want of an Event License. Aside from that, business owners, hoteliers and residents along the five affected streets have lamented on the lack of preparation on the side of the organiser, as reported by the same daily.

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Let’s not get bogged down by setbacks as such, but rather look forward to the impressive line-up of cars that will be running that weekend. The first ever main feature race of KL GP will see the newest additions to the world of GT racing. The one-make Lamborghini Super Trofeo race series will see a grid full of Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo cars roar around the 3.2km circuit.

The Formula Masters are slated to make an appearance with its state-of-the-art, sub 600kg cars that are powered by 180hp and 200 Nm of torque powerplant. Out of the five teams competing, two of them are home grown. Finally, the thunder from Down Under will be making its debut here with their top five teams putting on an exhibition race. Malaysia is poised to become part of the Australian V8 Supercar race series schedule starting 2016.

The race is thought to attract as much as 100,000 spectators over the weekend. For ticket info, please visit gtcitygrandprix.com/tickets


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