Super GT to hold first night race in Malaysia in 2020

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Super GT to hold first night race in Malaysia in 2020
Jamie Klein
By: Jamie Klein
Nov 10, 2018, 4:08 AM

Malaysia's Sepang International Circuit will return to the Super GT calendar in 2020 after agreeing a deal to host a night race.

Sepang was previously a regular fixture of Japan's premier racing series, having first hosted a non-championship event in 2000 - when Super GT was known as the All-Japan GT Championship - and joining the calendar proper in 2002.

It dropped off the schedule after the 2013 season (pictured above), when the newly-constructed Buriram track in Thailand took its place.

However, Sepang will return in 2020 after finalising an agreement with Super GT ahead of this weekend's Motegi season finale to host a night race - which would be the first in the championship's history.

Fahrizal Hasan, Managing Partner of the Haro Sports & Entertainment Group that will promote the event, said both qualifying and the race would take place at 8pm local time, with an exact race distance still to be determined.

A precise date for the race weekend has also yet to be agreed.

It's possible the Sepang night race could co-exist with a Buriram round on the Super GT schedule, but the Thai venue's contract expires at the end of 2019.

Masaaki Bandoh, Chairman of the GTA organisation that runs Super GT, indicated that talks are ongoing about the future of the Buriram fixture.

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Bandoh also said that owing to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the August Fuji race will not take place that year and that the Toyota-owned track will only play host to one race during the traditional Golden Week holiday in May.

Additional reporting by Tomohiro Yoshita

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