The second weekend of August 2015 was definitely one of the most memorable weekends for KLites in particular, where KL’s first ever street race was held in the vicinity of the golden triangle.
Consisting of Formula Masters China Series, Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, V8 Supercars, and KL City GT Cup, the KL City Grand Prix provided motorsports enthusiasts with plenty of action over the weekend, and it was reported that more than 200,000 spectators thronged the sidewalks to witness the historical event. Most of them were thrilled to be so close to the action as the cars zoomed past at speeds we can only dream of achieving on these streets.
Spread across three days from 7th to 9th of August, the Friday practice session was cut short due to final checks on the 3.2 km city circuit. The remaining two days went by quite smoothly but it was also not short on drama. On Saturday, our local hero Fairuz Fauzy crashed his Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3 into a wall during qualifying for KL City GT Cup, while more crashes on Sunday race proved that the circuit can be quite unforgiving to the drivers.
One of the V8 Supercars drivers, Chaz Mostert from Prodrive Racing Australia mentioned that the track wass quite bumpy and very tight in sections, but despite that he really enjoyed the street circuit, and in fact he went on to win the race on Sunday. The crowd also seemed to enjoy the V8 Supercars series, even though it was only a five-car preview of a full-blown 26 cars currently running in the championship.
Apart from some rather obvious setbacks, the weekend was regarded as a success. Event organiser GT Global Race Sdn Bhd and the local authorities are said to have already started to review last weekend’s race, so let’s wish them the very best for a better organised KL City Grand Prix next year. Meanwhile, enjoy our picture gallery below.