With Malaysia set to stop hosting the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix from 2018 onwards, the Sepang International Circuit could play host to the Australia Supercars Championship (also known as V8 Supercars) next year.

According to a post on race series’ official website, Sepang International Circuit CEO, Razlan Razali has been in discussions with Supercars for a potential race in 2018. “We need to ensure whatever event we take on after Formula 1 has to be a win-win situation between us as a circuit and the right holders,” he said.

“We need to ensure it has a necessary awareness and pull to get the crowds, because the Sepang circuit is a huge facility with 100,000 people capacity. In fact we are talking to V8 Supercars to see if an event can happen in 2018,” he continued. The race series had previously put on a demonstration race dubbed the V8 Supercars Street Challenge, fielding a small number of cars during the inaugural KL City Grand Prix. A follow up race was supposed to take place in 2016, although that was eventually cancelled.

Razali also said discussions for a Malaysian to join the Supercars field have also been held, a move which could attract the crowds. “What’s important is that we must have a program to have awareness to Malaysians, so that 60% of the capacity will be Malaysians themselves. What we’re discussing is potentially a car with Malaysian drivers. We have ex-F1 drivers, ex-F1 test drivers, young drivers who could represent Malaysia in V8s. That would be exciting,” he explained.

“We’ve discussed with James Warburton (Supercars CEO) somewhere between the April-May-June periods. We are fine to accommodate them in any time period they wish, it’s just the logistics to work out,” he noted.

On the race series itself, Razali said, “the size of the cars, the looks are completely different to GT cars, like Lamborghini and Ferrari. They’re massive, they’re loud, there’s fire coming out the exhaust. I think it’s a real spectacle and it’s important that both do it right the first time to have a multi-year agreement in place.”

“The off-track activities we won’t have problems discussing with the V8s. They’re happy to do all kinds of stuff to engage with fans. The engaging and activation with racing fans, drivers and teams isn’t a problem. I think the real challenge of racing in Malaysia is the heat and rain. But that creates a whole bunch of excitement. It’s unpredictable. It can be really hot the first half and rain the second half. Motor racing is always more exciting when you don’t know who is going to win,” he furthered.