It’s been announced that the NiO EP9, the all-wheel drive 1,341 hp electric hypercar and the holder of the EV lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a time of 6 minutes 45.9 seconds, will be making an appearance at the Asia GT Festival this weekend. It will be taking prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for a hot lap on the morning of March 17 before he flags off the Malaysia Speed Festival (MSF) Saga Cup race, which pays tribute to his brainchild from the 1980s, the evergreen Proton Saga.

“MSF is the race that the main media have never heard of before,” said Adian Yein, founder and principal of Malaysia Speed Festival. “That will change with the Asia GT Festival, where you will see how exciting this national racing series is, with over 210 cars participating and racing flat out door-to-door!”

It was also announced that Malaysian racing drivers Jazeman Jaafar and Dominic Ang will be among the driver line-up that will be racing in Round 1 of the China GT Championship that weekend in Sepang Circuit. Dominic is entering his third year in the China GT season, while Jazeman makes his debut driving with Frank Yu in the Bamboo Craft AMG GT, after a successful series of drives at in the Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07 LMP2 car at Le Mans, Spa and Suzuka in the World Endurance Championship last year.

“I’m truly excited and honoured to be racing with one of Asia’s leading GT teams, Craft-Bamboo Racing. I’ll be partnering with team owner Frank Yu, who has a large amount of experience in sports car racing. I’m looking forward to meeting and gelling with the team and cross-referencing into each other’s working methods racing at this level, and I’m looking forward to my home race!” said Jazeman.

The China GT race will see a lineup of 35 GT cars racing round the Sepang International Circuit track. This grid will be the largest single-series GT lineup in Southeast Asia to date, and will feature famous racing carmakers such as Mercedes-AMG, Audi, Ferrari, Bentley, McLaren, Porsche, BMW and more.

Asia GT Festival will also be hosting the inaugural Celebrity Bazaar, which will be among the highlights visitors can look forward to during the race weekend. The Celebrity Bazaar will feature a series of pop-up stores and marketplace by local celebrities such as Joe Flizzow, Elly Raja Lawak, Linora Low, KTown Clan, and 47 others.

“The Asia GT Festival offers unique lifestyle experiences for visitors of all ages to enjoy such as the Celebrity Bazaar,” said Matahari Lee, Executive Director of Country Heights Holdings Berhad, who is the co-organiser of this event. “The Celebrity Bazaar aims to provide a platform for local creators and artists to showcase their masterpieces for visitors to indulge.”

“We are excited to co-organise this one-stop marketplace where visitors can find exclusive items from our local artists and possibly for them to meet their idols too,” said Sara Nattaya, founder and president of Mbits Digital Sdn Bhd which is the joint organiser of the Celebrity Bazaar.

For music fans, there will be a mini concert by Malaysian renowned artist Joe Flizzow and seven members of the 16 Baris band at 6:30pm on March 17. Visitors planning to head over to Sepang International Circuit during race weekend can also expect fun family-friendly activities such as rock climbing, flying fox, food truck culinary experiences and more.

This racing festival has something for everyone to experience and enjoy during the weekend, on top of fast cars and edge-of-your-seat wheel-to-wheel racing action.

You can catch all this action at the Asia GT Festival which will be held from March 15 to 17, 2019 at the Sepang International Circuit. Grandstand tickets start at RM20 and available online or at the gates, whilst access to the MSF paddock is RM35.