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SUPER GT 2013

Its the time of the year and SUPER GT 2013 is back. Happening on 15th and 16th June 2013, this is the 13th year that that this glamourous series is running in Malaysia. 

While last year was fun, loud and hot with a sizzling race and car display, this year its going to be even better! Sizzling races is of course a definite. But what lies ahead instead of only just a race is the sideline events are planned!

There is the Affin Bank Motorshow, a Japan Town by Sachi, the Biggest Superbike Gathering and a Dash Berlin Rave Party! Its basically 2 straight days of awesome fun for old and young. 

The Affin Bank Motorshow will see the entire mall area with an exhibition space of 7,000 sqm. On display will include the makes by Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda and Subaru as well as European heavy weights the likes of Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini. In fact, car enthusiasts will be able to see in person some of the metal stars that are featured in the Hollywood Hit movie The Fast N' Furious.

JPM Motorsports will be continuing the tradition set in 2011 by having another star attraction in the form of Summernats is Australia’s premier event for street machines, an event gathering local exotic and custom muscle cars as well as other street machines which will take place in Malaysia and co-organised by JPM Motorsport in the later part of the year.

This year, instead of the Biggest Supercar and Performance Car record that was made possible when different car clubs got together, we are in for the Biggest and Noisiest SuperBike Gathering on track in Sepang International Circuit. This will be the first time the track will accommodate so many bikes on the track in a single event.
Japan Town by Sach will be an interesting for many as this set is meant to give you the experience of watching a Japanese Racing event in Japan during Summer. Something awesome as not many of us have had the luxury to witness a race in Japan.

When the sun goes down on Saturday night, event goers, or more specifically party goers will be treated to the Dash Berlin Music is Life World Tour. This tour, touted as one of the most anticipated party event of the year will provide an unforgettable “let your hair down’ party experience for party lovers and race fans alike.
Well, let's not forget the race. Malaysians should raise your flags and stand proud! One hot favouritte this year in Malaysia will be the Malaysian-backed Petronas Toms SC430 Team which had only recently clinched victory at round 2 of the AUTOBACS SUPER GT Series at the Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka, Japan. The team, competing in the GT500 class, is spearheaded by the pair of Kazuki Nakajima and James Rossiter. Nakajima is the 2012 Formula NIPPON Series champion, while Rossiter was formerly a Lotus factory driver and test driver for the Force India Formula One Team.

Race fans are also in for another treat as hybrid cars will be competing in the GT 300 class. The competition is led by the Toyota PRIUS GT which recently secured the first ever victory for a hybrid car in the SUPER GT series at round 2, and joined by a fleet of MUGEN CR-Z GT cars. 

AE86 fans! Check out the high profile list of local personalities and celebrities who will be in the driver's seat to compete in the inaugural RC 86 Celebrity Charity Race at the Sepang International Circuit in an event opener for round 3 of the 2013 AUTOBACS SUPER GT Series. A total of 14 cars will compete in the five-lap race in a fleet of limited edition Toyota FT86 coupes that have been race-prepared to FIA Group N regulations for showroom class cars.

And unique to SUPER GT, fans can meet and greet the drivers and teams during the Pit Walkabout, where the Race Machines and hot race queens will be present. On Saturday, consistent with the SUPER GT tradition, the pit walkabout session is free for children under 12 and their accompanying parents too. So parents...what are you waiting for. Grab your family tickets NOW! 
This year’s event will also witness the very first Asia Cup race organized by Meritus. Off the race tracks, grass root racing activities in the form of the Ultra Racing Gymkhana & Drifting, will encourage enthusiasts to compete.

Tickets for the Malaysian round of the AUTOBACS Super GT Series are priced at RM100, and fans can obtain it online via www.supergt.com.my, or tune in to the entire season’s updates on www.facebook.com.my/supergt.my

For a feel of SUPER GT 2012 and what to expect for 2013 do check out the following albums:

Provisional Schedule for this year (subject to change):
FRIDAY, 14th JUNE 2013
0800 hrs – 0930 hrs Asia Cup Scrutineering
0800 hrs – 0830 hrs Asia Cup Drivers' Briefing
0830 hrs – 0930 hrs Asia Cup Registration
0900 hrs – 1100 hrs Asia Cup Official Testing
1330 hrs – 1400 hrs Asia Cup Free Practice Session
1400 hrs – 1530 hrs Super GT Registration
1400 hrs – 1830 hrs Super GT Preliminary Scrutineering
1400 hrs – 1830 hrs Super GT Tire Marking & Fuel Rig Check
1600 hrs – 1630 hrs Super GT Team Manager's Meeting
1730 hrs – 1800 hrs Asia Cup Qualifying Session
1800 hrs Super GT Track Familiarization (walk)

SATURDAY, 15th JUNE 2013
0930 hrs – 0955 hrs Asia Cup Race 1
0930 hrs – 1100 hrs Super GT Registration (Supplementary)
1010 hrs – 1040 hrs Super GT Team Director's Meeting
1015 hrs – 1115 hrs Super GT Scrutineering
1100 hrs – 1130 hrs Super GT Drivers' Briefing
1145 hrs – 1245 hrs Super GT Pit Walkabout / Kids’ Pit Walkabout
1300 hrs – 1500 hrs Official Practice
GT300/GT500 (100 minutes)
GT300 (10 minutes)
GT500 (10 minutes)
1515 hrs – 1615 hrs Super GT Tire Marking
1530 hrs – 1555 hrs Asia Cup Race 2
1630 hrs – 1700 hrs Super GT Q1
1710 hrs – 1742 hrs Super GT Q2

SUNDAY, 16th JUNE 2013
0830 hrs – 0850 hrs T86 Celebrity Race Drivers Briefing
0900 hrs – 0930 hrs T86 Celebrity Race Qualifying Session
1000 hrs – 1025 hrs Asia Cup Race 3
1100 hrs – 1130 hrs Super GT Free Practice
1140 hrs – 1205 hrs Super GT Circuit Safari
1215 hrs – 1400 hrs Pit Walkabout
1400 hrs – 1430 hrs T86 Celebrity Race Race (5 laps)
1450 Super GT Start Procedure
1600 Super GT Race (54 laps)
1755(approx.) Super GT Finish time
Pic of organisers and yes that's our GT Queens for this year.

I am back from 4 days at sea (quite sun burnt:P) and now I can't wait to experience my 13th hot and sizzling SUPER GT. CYA there and do say hi if you bump into me!

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