Published on April 4th, 2017 | by Amirul Mukminin0
MCS Returns for Round 2 with Action-Packed Programme
The 2017 Malaysia Championship Series (MCS) enters its second round at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) this weekend; offering an action packed programme with the inclusion of three prestigious international series in its three-day schedule, featuring top racing drivers, teams and stylish racing machines.
While the Blancpain GT Series Asia, Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia and the China Formula Masters Series will be commencing their 2017 season with their opening rounds at the Malaysian track, the Touring Car Series in Asia (TCSA) is resuming battle for Round 3 and 4 after completing its first two rounds earlier last month at the opening round of the MCS.
“Die-hard fans can expect a feast of motor racing actions this weekend in Sepang. We are bringing in some of the best international series, the top drivers and racing teams from the region as part of our continual initiative to promote motorsports interest in Malaysia. We would like to welcome fans to join us at the circuit to enjoy the event,” SIC Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Razlan Razali said in a media statement today.
Fans can catch all the actions and enjoy the entire three-day event for free from the Main Grandstand as SIC continues its efforts in promoting motorsport among the masses.
“To be closer to the actions, fans can purchase the special Paddock Passes at RM85, which will allow them access to Paddock and to the covered roof-top of our pit building and enjoy an aerial view of the actions,” Dato’ Razlan said, adding that the passes will be sold at the paddock entrance.
“We are also selling season paddock passes as well, which will allow fans to join us at the paddock for all our prestigious national championships which includes the Sepang 1000 Kilometer Endurance Race and the Sepang 12 Hours,” he added.
The 2017 Blancpain GT Series Asia is based on the tried and tested British GT Championship format, recognised as one of the most successful national GT series in the world. It will bring together GT3, GT4 and GTC machinery. To run for six rounds, the series features two drivers to a car and two 60-minute endurance races for each round.
After Sepang, the series moves to Chang International Circuit in Buriram Thailand before proceeding to Suzuka International Circuit and Fuji Speedway in Japan, Shanghai International Circuit in China before closing in Zhejiang Circuit, China in October.
Like the Blancpain GT Series Asia, the five-legged one-make Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo race would also feature two races with Race 1 scheduled on Saturday and Race 2 on Sunday under a similar one-hour endurance format. After Sepang, the series would also move to Buriram, Thailand; to Suzuka and Fuji in Japan before closing in Shanghai in September.
The single-seater Formula Masters Series returns to Sepang after two successful sessions of pre-season testing that it had conducted earlier in February and March at the Malaysian F1 track. The series features aspiring young drivers from the region as they chase dreams to become Formula 1 drivers. To run for five rounds, the series is co-hosted as support races of major motorsport events to maximize exposure for the teams and young drivers.
After an exciting opening two rounds, the TCSA is back in Sepang for its next two rounds; promising another two rounds of thrilling actions. Round 5 and 6 will also be staged in Sepang before the series proceeds to South Korea for the closing rounds – two rounds at Inje Speedium and the final 2 races at the Korea International Circuit.
For the MCS, Round 2 will feature free practice and qualifying sessions on Friday before being followed by a one-hour endurance Race 1 on Saturday and another endurance battle for Race 2 on Sunday.
Fans can also catch the race action via live streaming at SIC Official Facebook. Or better yet, they can enjoy the actions live at the circuit.
RACE PROGRAMME – ROUND 2
Friday, 7 April 2017
0930 hrs – 1000 hrs Formula Masters Series Free Practice (30 min)
1015 hrs – 1115 hrs Lamborghini Super Trofeo Free Practice (1 hour)
1130 hrs – 1200hrs Touring Car Series In Asia Free Practice 1 (30 min)
1215 hrs – 1300 hrs Blancpain GT Series Asia Free Practice (45 min)
1430 hrs – 1500 hrs Malaysia Championship Series Free Practice (30 min)
1515 hrs – 1530 hrs Formula Masters Series Qualifying 1 (15 min)
1535 hrs – 1550 hrs Formula Masters Series Qualifying 2 (15 min)
1605 hrs – 1650 hrs Blancpain GT Series Asia Free Practice 2 (45 min)
1705 hrs – 1735 hrs Touring Car Series In Asia Free Practice 2 (30 min)
1750 hrs – 1805 hrs Lamborghini Super Trofeo Qualifying 1 (15 min)
1815 hrs – 1830 hrs Lamborghini Super Trofeo Qualifying 2 (15min)
1840 hrs – 1910 hrs Malaysia Championship Series Qualifying (30 min)
Saturday, 8 August 2017
0815 hrs – 0845 hrs Blancpain GT Series Asia Free Practice 3 (30 min)
0910 hrs – 0940 hrs Formula Masters Series Race 1 (25 min)
0955 hrs – 1025 hrs Touring Car Series In Asia Qualifying (30 min)
1040 hrs – 1055 hrs Blancpain GT Series Asia Qualifying 1 (15 min)
1105 hrs – 1120 hrs Blancpain GT Series Asia Qualifying 2 (15 min)
1230 hrs – 1325 hrs Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race 1 (50 minutes plus leader)
1415 hrs – 1445 hrs Touring Car Series In Asia Race 1 (10 laps)
1510 hrs – 1615 hrs Blancpain GT Series Asia Race 1 (1 hour plus leader)
1640 hrs – 1710 hrs Formula Masters Series Race 2 (25 min)
1735 hrs – 1840 hrs Malaysia Championship Series Race 1 (1 hour plus leader)
Sunday, 9 April 2017
1000 hrs – 1020 hrs Formula Master China Series Race 3 (15 min)
1050 hrs – 1120 hrs Touring Car Series In Asia Race 2 (10 laps)
1145 hrs – 1250 hrs Blancpain GT Series Asia Race 2 (1 hour plus leader)
1410 hrs – 1505 hrs Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race 2 (50 minutes plus leader)
1530 hrs – 1600 hrs Formula Masters Series Race 4 (25 min)
1625 hrs – 1730 hrs Malaysia Championship Series Race 2 (1 hour plus leader)