Sepang circuit to close for upgrading work

The home of the Malaysian Formula 1 and MotoGP races will close between 15 February and 8 May 2016 to enable resurfacing and upgrading work to be completed.

In order to maintain its FIA Grade 1 and FIM Grade A ratings, the whole of the 5.54km Sepang International Circuit will be resurfaced in order to continue to meet international standards, although the actual layout will remain the same.

The drainage system around the track will be repaired and upgraded, as well as the kerbing and run-off area tarmac, while the gravel beds at turns one and fifteen will also be rebuilt.

“The last 5 years have seen an average 98% usage of the track’s availability throughout the year, from large international events all the way to private bookings,” revealed the Chief Executive Officer of the Sepang International Circuit Dato’ Razlan Razali.

“These events have taken the circuit to a whole new level of recognition, and in tandem with this, it is a must for SIC to continue providing the best experience and top levels of safety for all track users.

Additionally, our efforts to develop motorsports in Malaysia further underline the need to maintain a top international class circuit in the country.

“We regret causing disappointment and inconvenience due to the closure of the circuit, and we thank all track users for their understanding. Like all facilities and especially circuits, maintenance works is a priority, and the resurfacing and upgrading works is necessary to ensure the continued availability of a track of the highest quality in Malaysia.”