With an official launching by Youth and Sports (KBS) minister Khairy Jamaluddin, the Tangkak Racing Track, located in the town of Gerisik, Johor saw the opening round of the 2018 Malaysian Cub Prix Championship. The circuit measures 1.2 km in length and was constructed for KBS by the Public Works department (JKR) at a cost of RM14.4 million.

Designed for race use by go-karts and underbone motorcycles, the circuit is located behind an industrial area, and access to the North-South highway is approximately 12 km away. Tangkak circuit was developed under the aegis of KBS under its National Motorsports Development programme, meant to develop the local motorsports industry and identify racing talent at the grassroots.

During his opening speech, Khairy mentioned there are plans to develop racing circuits in every state in Malaysia, and said, “any state that does not have a racing circuit, come and see me.” KBS racing circuit development plans are part of the ministry’s five- to 10-year plan.

Facilities at the Tangkak circuit include a grandstand and a 290 meter long back straight, paddock area, hospitality and promotion areas, ticketing booth and food and beverage stalls. Construction on the circuit was completed in October 2017, and handed over to KBS in January this year.

Meanwhile, Khairy announced that construction will soon be completed on a RM40 million racing circuit in Jengka, Pahang. The Pahang circuit will measure 2.24 km when completed later this year and have a spectator capacity of 2,000 people.