Penang May Be Getting A New Motorsports Circuit
Penang wants a new motorsport circuit. and will serve as a permanent space for people to race legally without endangering others on public roads
Penang’s youth and sports committee chairman, Soon Lip Chee, stated that a 2.8ha plot had been earmarked to the east of the main stadium, beside Sungai Jawi. Prior to this, a number of motorsports events have already been held on the grounds of the stadium; namely the Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Challenge as well as various open drift days.
“The state intends to build a conducive racing circuit to unearth new motorsports talents. It’s among the projects listed in the state Pakatan Harapan manifesto during the 14th General Election and will serve as a component to turn the area into a ‘Sports City,’” said Soon.
“The state via Penang Stadium and Open Space Corporation called for proposals for the project last month,” he added.
In fact, the request for proposals was opened on 17 May 2021 and closed last Tuesday (8 June 2021) but the state has expressed a possibility of extending the deadline for more private sector companies to toss their hat into the ring.
Requirements for the circuit include the usual array of grandstands and spectator areas, dedicated parking and administrative offices. He added that all proposals submitted must meet all criteria necessitated by the Motorsports Association of Malaysia.
The circuit should be able to cater events and competitions at a national and international grade.
Soon went on to explain that a lack of proper infrastructure has been a hurdle for budding motorsports enthusiasts in the state to further develop their talents.
“This track will serve as a permanent space for people to race legally without endangering others on public roads. Races can be held for motorcycles and probably other motor vehicles as well, depending on the track design,” he enthused.
The timeline for the circuit is three years with funding completely from the private sector.