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Mokhzani (right) with SIC CEO Datuk Razlan Razali

Sepang International Circuit (SIC) and the ministry of finance have announced that Tan Sri Mokhzani Mahathir has resigned from his post as chairman, with effect from October 10. The son of former prime minister Tun Mahathir Mohamed has been at the helm of the circuit’s management since 2003.

Replacing him will be Tan Sri Mohamed Azman Yahya, who has been contracted for a period of three years. A winner of the Malaysian Super Series and the Merdeka Millennium Endurance race, as well as the Driver of the Year award by the Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) in 2004, Azman has been on the SIC’s board of directors since 2010.

“It is a great honour to be appointed to this role and I am pleased to have the opportunity to carry on the valuable work of my predecessors Tan Sri Mokhzani Mahathir and Allahyarham Tan Sri Basir Ismail, as chairman of Sepang International Circuit,” Azman said. “I hope to further contribute to the development and growth of motorsports in Malaysia, a field very close to my heart.”

Mokhzani said that it had been an honour and privilege to be part of the SIC team. “I have seen events evolve from amateur races to professional world class events, and I’m proud to have witnessed Malaysians rise to the occasion to give the international talents a fight for their money. I have seen SIC catalysing change in Malaysian and regional motorsports culture, creating a new culture of professionalism and safety,” he said.