Construction is expected to start next year on a new race track to develop motorsports in Sabah at a cost of RM132 million. The circuit will be developed by KKIP Autocity, a Sabah state government company, at the second phase of the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park.

“The land for building this race circuit has been identified and is in the process of being transferred,” said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau in a Bernama report. Tangau made the announcement during the launch of the KKIP Sabah Drag Battle 2018, last weekend.

According to Tangau, who also holds the Minster of Trade and Industry portfolio for Sabah, the race track will contribute to the development of tourism and recreation in the state whilst opening up opportunities for small and medium businesses in the motorsports and automotive arena. “This will reduce the involvement of youth in illegal racing and encourage them to take up healthy and quality pursuits,” said Tangau.

This news follows a proposal from Selangor Chief Minister Amirudin Shari to build a race track in Gombak. The proposed track with a seating capacity of 1,000 and associated facilities will sit on 20 acres of land and be constructed as a Public-Private partnership.