The Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM), like many sports associations, welcomed the positive news from the Youth and Sports Ministry on the gradual reopening of the sports and recreational sectors.
In a statement issued by MAM, its president Tan Sri Mokhzani Mahathir lauded the announcement as a timely boost for the motorsport industry in Malaysia that has come to a standstill since the implementation of MCO 2.0.
“We hope that after thorough deliberation and consideration, the National Security Council (NSC) will include motorsports in the category of sports that will be allowed to operate under MCO 2.0.”
“MAM will ensure that the motorsport fraternity would adhere to any new guidelines set out by the Government and will continue this fight to flatten the Covid-19 curve,” said Tan Sri Mokhzani.
He added that the motorsport industry, being an open-space venue, operated a strict standard operation procedure (SOP) during the Recovery MCO (RMCO) period.
The first car racing event of 2021 was scheduled to be the opening round of Season Four of the Toyota Vios Challenge Championship but has been postponed indefinitely due to MCO 2.0.
Back in April 2020, the Sepang race which was the season-ender also got cancelled due to the stricter MCO 1.0.
The opening of Sepang Circuit as a sports and recreation venue will also allow drivers to return to the excitement of driving at organised track day sessions.
The Sepang circuit also organised a few non-motoring events that allowed the public to cycle, jog or simply to stroll along the 5.5-kilometre loop at a minimal fee.
The motoring fraternity managed to get some drives at Sepang despite last year’s disruptive schedule. Here are two videos from our hot laps at Sepang for your viewing pleasure – the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and the Ferrari F8 Tributo.