It was a hot weekend at Sepang as the first Asia GT Festival in Malaysia brought together fans of motorsports for an event meant for the whole family. The Festival is a result of the collaboration between Country Heights Holdings Bhd and China GT which brings the Championship to its first international expansion in Malaysia as part of its racing calendar.
Credit: Malaysia Speed Festival
While the main event of AGTF is the GT3 and GT4 series race, the weekend also included support races joined by local racing drivers from the Malaysia Speed Festival (MSF) series. With two races across all categories over Saturday and Sunday, Asia GT Festival was officiated by Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
NIO EP9 team briefing Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir on the fastest electric car in the world. Credit: China GT
The highlights of the opening ceremony showcased Malaysian racer Jazeman Jaafar taking Tun Mahathir for a hot lap around Sepang Circuit in the Nio EP9, one of the fastest electric hypercars in the world before flagging off the Prime Minister’s Saga Cup race.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir flagging off the Malaysia Speed Festival’s Saga Cup, which saw over 70 first generation Proton Sagas race. Credit: China GT
The flag off is seen as a tribute to the evergreen Proton Saga that is Malaysia’s first national car and also Tun Mahathir’s brandchild from the 1980s.
Credit: China GT
As for the results of the Saga Cup Race 1 and 2, Tan Chaw Wei from Seng Motorsports proved to be a strong contender with first and second placement respectively for each race. On the main China GT championship for round 1 in the GT3 category, Nick Yelloly and teammate Junsan Chen for Fist-Team AAI in the BMW M6 GT3 placed first, ahead of Malaysian Jazeman Jaafar and Frank Yu in the Craft Bamboo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3.
GT4 race of the Asia GT Festival lights out. Credit: China GT
For round 2 on Sunday, Alessio Picariello and Jeffery Lee for Craft Bamboo Racing crossed the chequered flag ahead of Chris van der Drift and Li Chao in the Team JRM Porsche 911 GT3 R. Despite Saturday’s winner Nick and Junsan from Fist-Team AAI would only come third, the pair still secured a podium finish in round two.
Asia GT Festival officiation. Credit: China GT
“We are excited about the success of the inaugural Asia GT Festival as it is a milestone for us in bringing back the lifestyle automotive industry back to Malaysia,” said Matahari Lee, Executive Director of Country Heights.
Country Heights Holdings Berhad Executive Chairman Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew escorting Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on the Asia GT Festival grid in Sepang International Circuit. Credit: Malaysia Speed Festival
As for the happenings of the weekend, visitors were open to visit pop-up stores by local celebrities such as Joe Flizzow, Elly Raja Lawak, Linora Low and more at the Celebrity Bazaar, as well as the marketplace of brands such as Toyota, Touch n Go, Bufori, Proton, Tom Stickers and more.
Saga Cup in action. Credit: Malaysia Speed Festival
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