Until recent years, Sepang was little more than a small city located to the south of Kuala Lumpur, but it has since blossomed into one of Malaysia’s major event hubs thanks to the development of the Sepang International Circuit (SIC).
Since the Formula One (F1) race first came to town in 1999, the track has become one of the most popular among drivers and fans alike, thanks in part to the unique atmosphere generated by the doubled-fronted grandstand.
A total of 30,000 fans can be seated in the main stand, making it a cauldron of noise throughout qualifying and race day, while another 100,000 petrolheads can squeeze into the circuit’s numerous natural stands.
The motor racing circuit is one of the most advanced and challenging in the world, and now hosts the annual Malaysian Grand Prix.The 5.5 km SIC features 15 turns and eight straights, on which the cars reach speeds of more than 300 km/h. Unlike some circuits on the F1 calendar, Sepang boasts ample opportunities for drivers to overtake, making for a frequently thrilling spectacle.
F1 isn’t the only major motorsport to call at Sepang, however. The circuit also stages an event from the MotoGP championship, as well as hosting the Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race, the Malaysian Super Series, the Sepang 1,000 km Endurance Race and the high-octane Sepang Drag Battle.
What’s more, with the city located only 85km from Kuala Lumpur city centre, it’s also easy to make a trip to the Malaysian capital for a spot of sightseeing during your visit.