The Malaysia Speed Festival (MSF) will kick off its second season next weekend at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC). Round 1 of the racing series, previously known as Saturday Night Fever (SNF) will take place on Sunday, February 26.

The close racing series proved to be a hit in its inaugural year, with nearly 300 drivers participating last year behind the wheel of 149 different race cars, and the organiser expects these numbers to be maintained in 2017.

There’s plenty of racing variety to be found in the MSF, including Special Kei, Super 1,500 NA, Proton 1,800 NA, Street Tuned and Street Tuned 1,600, Super Street and 1,600 and 1,800 Race Car races. There’s also the Race Car Open category, which features cars that have been professionally prepared and tuned for maximum performance, pairing professional racers with top racing tuners across Malaysia.

A highlight of the series is the Saga Cup category, a revival of the Proton Saga Championship of the 1990s, which became a stepping stone for many of Malaysia’s racing legends. The new championship is split into two categories, Expert and Novice – with the former being the stamping ground of the country’s top racers as well as its racing legends from the ’80s and ’90s, who will fight tooth and nail for the win.

Proton R3 will be in the mix this season, supporting up to eight of its R3 Customer Racing Programme (R3CRP) customers, who will be deploying cars in the 1600 Race Car class and the Saga Cup class.

The R3CRP, which began last year, offers both racing and rallying to interested parties, with teams or individuals able to gain access to the outfit’s race-winning machinery for both racing disciplines.

For something like the Saga Cup, it’ll cost something like RM25k for R3 to do up a full race-prepped Saga. This is on top of the purchase price of a base car, which the customer has to source out himself. There’s also the option to have R3 supplying a race crew and hospitality services, at additional cost.

Tickets for Round 1 of the MSF are priced at RM20 before 11 am on February 26, and RM35 after. For more information, visit MSF Racing’s official website or its Facebook page.

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