Despite being held as national-level race championships since 2001, the Malaysia Championship Series (MSC) for cars and Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSBK) have not been profitable, and Sepang International Circuit (SIC) has been given a three-year deadline to make the two series financially self-sustaining. SIC chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali was quoted in a New Straits Times report.

“The (SIC) board wanted to scrap these events as they have been loss making since (introduction in) 2001 but I insisted on maintaining them as they are our national championships and are part of our nation building and talent development efforts,” said Razlan. ““The government, however, does not want these two series to depend on public funding forever and we have been given three years to break even,” he continued.

The two races are in the SIC national championships calendar for motorsports and are running based on funding from the government. However, Razlan mentioned funding became available due to the removal of Formula 1 from SIC in 2017.

“It is easier for MCS as events such as TCR Asia and Asian GT3 are run together with MCS and they pay us a slot fee. It is harder for two-wheels (MSBK),” Razlan added. Razlan said he hopes to be able to have the races turning a profit with increased online viewership of both races to attract sponsors, among others.

Both MCS and MSBK have five rounds each in 2018, and begin on March 30 and April 12, respectively. SIC is also organising an e-MCS series, riding on the rise of eSports (video game competition) to run alongside the regular MCS, with the winner earning a seat as a full season driver in MCS next year.