SEPANG, March 12: In every racing circuit, the pit is a place where magic begins for racing fans. It is where the world’s fastest cars refuel, get their tires replaced or undergo mechanical adjustments, all within seconds.

Naturally, due to safety reasons, the pit is usually a prohibited area for the members of the public, and only members of the engineering team are allowed to be there. What goes on behind the walls of the garage are trade secrets, worth millions of dollars.

But on April 2, close to 6,000 children will have a unique opportunity to take a closer look at the pit, in conjunction with the 2010 PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix.


The children will get a free access to the pit during a walkabout session organized by the Sepang International Circuit (SIC). The programme is part of SIC’s ongoing “Bringing Motorsports to Schools” campaign.

Any parent or guardian with children will also automatically gain free access to the pit area, where they will be able to view race preparations by teams competing in the 12th Malaysian Grand Prix.

The pitwalk, which is open to members of the public, will be held at 5pm on Friday.

“So long as you’re an adult, and you have a child with you, you can join in the pit walkabout session,” said SIC chief executive officer Razlan Razali, adding that this was just one of the various offers to attract what the organisers expect to be a record crowd for the weekend.

Sepang International  Circuit will have a team of staff to organize the walkabout to ensure the walk will proceed smoothly and orderly, and the children’s safety will be the top priority.

However, parents and guardians are advised to work closely with the staff to ensure their children’s safety and wellbeing by adhering to the regulations set by the organizers.

Those who wish to participate in the children’s pitwalk may contact the SIC public relation department at 03-87782244/2257 and speak to Ahmad or Julie.

This year, the 2010 Formula 1 world championship will be even more interesting with the debut of Malaysia’s own team, Lotus F1 Racing.

With Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen as drivers, as well as Malaysia’s own Fairuz Fauzy as test driver, the “Malaysian” team will hopefully have some home ground advantage in Sepang.

“Fairuz may be driving on April 2, so this is a chance for Malaysians to come and show their support,” said Razlan.

“We are constantly improving and upgrading the event in many areas. Even the food and beverage outlets catering to fans this year will be of quality, ranging from Hard Rock Cafe to kopitiams,” he said.

This year, SIC is upholding its reputation as one of the best entertainment providers during the Formula One race by featuring Wyclef Jean and Fatboy Slim, two world class performers who will be entertaining the crowd at the circuit on April 4.

So get your tickets for the 2010 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix early to catch the excitement at the Sepang International Circuit. Log on to and book your tickets now!.

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