Sepang readying for second round

After the season opener at Albert Park in Melbourne, the Sepang circuit in Malaysia will host the second round of the championship, where work is under way to smarten the circuit up ready to welcome Formula One. The track itself is ready but ...

After the season opener at Albert Park in Melbourne, the Sepang circuit in Malaysia will host the second round of the championship, where work is under way to smarten the circuit up ready to welcome Formula One. The track itself is ready but cosmetic work such as painting, advertising logos and grooming gravel traps is to be done.

"The bulk of the unfinished job is the painting works," said circuit press officer Azhar Ghazali. "We have to repaint the kerbs and some areas at the pit building. Then, there is also task to put up advertisement boards and the signage boards around the track and ploughing of the gravel beds. Otherwise, the track is all ready for the race."

Aside from the Grand Prix, support races will include the Porsche Carrera Cup and Formula BMW: "The additional support races means that there are more work for us," said Azhar. "But, most important, it makes the 2003 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix more interesting and more value for money for the ticket buyers."

The circuit will be closed after tyre testing at the track today but activities such as marshal and medical training will continue, along with general preparations for the GP. Attendance by spectators for the race is expected to be in the area of 100,000 people.

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