Race for tickets to October's Malaysian Grand Prix
TICKETS have been selling like hot cakes since the Petronas Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix was rescheduled from March to October.
The event is one of the few races that have been moved to new dates in the International Automobile Federation calendar shake-up for this year.
The Malaysian leg, often the second race of the year, has been moved for the first time since 2001 - from March to Sept 30-Oct 2.
It is now the 16th in the 21-race calendar.
It is now sandwiched between the Singapore (Sept 18) and Japanese (Oct 9) outings.
"This year's race falls within a very unique time frame - just two weeks after the Singapore Grand Prix and less than a month before Malaysia host the MotoGP," said Sepang International Circuit chief executive Razlan Razali at the Malaysian Grand Prix launch on Tuesday.
The surge in demand for tickets has led him to believe that the organisers can achieve their overall spectator target of 85,000 over three days.
This will be a 5 per cent increase from last year's total when the race was in March.
"There's a surge in agent sales in the top 10 countries - Australia, United Kingdom, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Japan, Thailand, United States, Sweden and Finland... which our international spectators are mostly from," he said.
"To date, we have hit a 272 per cent increase in sales from the top 10 countries compared to last year.
"This will undoubtedly be a boon for tourism... and can contribute to the Ministry of Tourism's target of 30.5 million tourist arrivals."
ASIA NEWS NETWORK