Malaysia will play host to the first Asia GT Festival as part of the 2019 China GT Championship, from March 15 to 17 at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC). The first event in the series to be held outside China, the race will see the participation of over 30 GT cars from around the world, all battling for a slice of the championship’s RMB9 million (RM5.45 million) prize money pool.

The inaugural event is a precursor to a five-year deal between series organiser Goldenport Enterprises and Malaysian property developer Country Heights to host the race, with SIC to remain the venue throughout the duration of the partnership.

Visitors can expect the usual purpose-built GT3 and GT4 machinery racing as part of the championship, as well as support races from the Malaysia Speed Festival. The latter will be adding races featuring the Proton Saga Cup (in which China GT racers themselves will participate) and Race Car Open categories to the event, with the winners of the Race Car Open class in particular getting a chance to test for one of the China GT teams – and the possibility of a race seat.

“Through the Asia GT Festival, we want to grow Malaysians’ exposure to a different kind of four-wheeled motorsport racing. Besides that, our other objective of hosting the race is to provide aspiring Malaysian racers the opportunity to be part of an internationally renowned racing event,” said Country Heights executive director Matahari Lee, adding that the event is a step forward for the company and the MINES Car City Centre towards developing the country’s automotive and motorsports industry.

Goldenport Enterprises founder Jim Ye said, “Since last year, we have been planning to broaden the appeal of China GT to the region and Malaysia is the best place to start because there are many passionate motorsports fans here. We are thrilled to be here in Kuala Lumpur which is a city with a rich culture and exciting opportunities. This is an exciting time for us and our partner Country Heights to see Malaysia as the highlight of the China GT racing calendar.”

Tickets for the Asia GT Festival are now available for purchase via either the MotoNation Facebook page or its official website, with prices ranging from RM20 to RM350.