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March 13, 2020

PUTRAJAYA, 9 MARCH 2020 SUPER GT RACING RETURNS TO MALAYSIA IN JULY WITH A BANG! • Malaysia in gear to host historic first ever night race of the SUPER GT Series & World’s first GT night race • Malaysian team to race as a wildcard entry at SUPER GT Malaysia Festival 2020 • After race […]

PUTRAJAYA, 9 MARCH 2020


SUPER GT RACING RETURNS TO MALAYSIA IN JULY WITH A BANG!


• Malaysia in gear to host historic first ever night race of the SUPER GT Series & World’s first GT night race
• Malaysian team to race as a wildcard entry at SUPER GT Malaysia Festival 2020
• After race party & concert with local, regional and international artistes; outdoor Auto Expo; circuit safari; pit & grid walk including kids pit walk; GT Club Paddock Hospitality; Exclusive Track Experience Packages
• Toyota GR Supra to be won!
• Tickets from as low as RM80 for early birds


After a six-year absence, SUPER GT racing makes an explosive return to Malaysia from 16-19 July 2020 at Sepang Circuit, setting the stage for the Series and world’s first ever GT night race, and the debut of an-all Malaysian team for the very first time. SUPER GT Malaysia Festival 2020 is one of two races outside of Japan and will be round 5 of the 2020 Autobacs SUPER GT Series.
A major event in the Visit Malaysia 2020 calendar and expected to give a significant boost to inbound tourism, the SUPER GT Malaysia Festival 2020 was today officially launched by Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia Secretary-General Dato’ Dr. Noor Zari Bin Hamat.

“SUPER GT racing continues to be a huge crowd puller worldwide and especially in Malaysia. We thought long and hard about how to make it better and realized that a night race would present teams and drivers with a unique challenge, in addition to racing under extreme heat and unpredictable weather conditions,” said Haro Sports & Entertainment Managing Partner Fahrizal Hasan.


Haro Sports & Entertainment is the rights holder and promoter for SUPER GT Malaysia Festival 2020 and has also been appointed by GT Association Ltd (GTA) as the rights holders for SUPER GT content for all countries outside of Japan and Thailand.


“With the GTA fully in agreement, Malaysia now has what is essentially the world’s only GT night race. Motorsports fans and gear heads now have something to look forward to every year, and we are bringing the race back with a bang!”


Malaysia had hosted the first overseas race of the All-Japan Grand Touring Championship with two exhibition races in 2000 and 2001, before Malaysia was officially included as a full-fledged championship round in 2002. Malaysia continued to play host to the Series’ overseas rounds until 2013.


“SUPER GT Malaysia Festival 2020 also gave us an opportunity to put together a more wholesome event package catering to fans and families. It is so much more than just racing, it is a lifestyle! It is also a major event for Visit Malaysia 2020, and we are targeting approximately 80,000 spectators over the four-day race weekend.”


Unlike the many restrictions in other international motor-racing events, SUPER GT serves up a carnival-like atmosphere allowing fans to get right up close and personal with their favourite drivers, teams and cars. A popular attraction that denotes the event are the SUPER GT Race Queens who bring not only immense colour and character to the event, but provide a vital connection between teams and the fans, particularly during the open pit sessions, pit walk, grid walk, circuit safari and activity stage at the mall area. SUPER GT Malaysia Festival 2020 will also feature a Kids Pit Walk session on Thursday, open to school children aged 5 to 12 years and to
all ticket holders that bring at least one kid between the age group.


“With all this in place, I would say SUPER GT will return to Malaysia in 2020 with a more complete package than ever before.”

Fahrizal also announced that two Malaysian drivers, Jazeman Jaafar and Dato’ Adrian da Silva, will pair up in a Porsche GT3 R to compete in the GT300 Class as one of two Malaysian wildcard entries at SUPER GT Malaysia Festival 2020.
Coinciding with Visit Malaysia Year 2020, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia Secretary-General Dato’ Dr. Noor Zari Bin Hamat said international sporting events such as SUPER GT Malaysia Festival 2020 will definitely help boost the campaign to attract 30 million tourist arrivals.


“The first time a SUPER GT event was held in Malaysia was 20 years ago in June 2000. I am sure motorsports fans in their thousands from Malaysia as well as from neighbouring countries will be at the race in full support of what is the very first and historic night race in the Series,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of GTA Ltd. Masaaki Bandoh who was also present at the launch, paid tribute to the more than 50,000 fans who attend every round of its race, saying the SUPER GT Series has evolved from being solely a motorsports event to one that now gives back to society via various educational activities, charity, environmental and community projects, as well as motorsports culture programmes.


“We have missed the heat of Malaysia. Malaysia offers a unique challenge of higher temperatures and conditions than what the competing teams are normally accustomed to in the other rounds held predominantly in Japan,” said Bandoh.


“This is something that not only test the drivers, but the heat and, sometimes, torrential rains put the cars, their engines, the tyres and the crew involved through one of the toughest challenges available in circuit racing.”

The 2020 Autobacs SUPER GT Series starts in April at the Okayama International Circuit, before moving to Fuji Speedway and Suzuka Circuit in May. The Series’ two overseas legs will be held in July at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand and Malaysia, at Sepang
International Circuit, before teams return to Japan for the sixth round at Sportsland Sugo in September; Round 7 at Autopolis International Racing Course in October; and the season-finale at Twin Ring Montegi in November.


The Autobacs SUPER GT Series runs a two-driver endurance format with race distances ranging from 300km to 1,000km, featuring two classes of racing – the GT500 main class effectively exclusive to works teams, and the GT300 class which run far less down force than their GT500 counterparts.

The GT500 main class features a clash of titans among the big three Japanese manufacturers Toyota, Nissan and Honda spread among the 15 teams, with four participating tyre manufacturers that include Bridgestone, Yokohama, Dunlop and Michelin.


The GT300 class meanwhile, features 30 competing team representing a wider array of manufacturers in Mercedes Benz-AMG, Toyota, BMW, Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini, Nissan, Bentley, Honda, Lotus and Subaru, competing on Bridgestone, Yokohama and Dunlop tyres.


On track, the action promises to be every bit world class, with the Series attracting ex-Formula 1 drivers such as Heiki Kovalainen together with celebrated team directors such as Satoru Nakajima, Aguri Suzuki and Ukyo Katayama.

Free practice sessions at SUPER GT Malaysia Festival 2020 begin on Thursday, 16 July 2020, followed by official qualifying on Friday, 17 July 2020, with the race held on Saturday night, 18 July 2020.


Tickets are priced from RM100 (K1 Grandstand), RM250 (Main Grandstand) and RM2,000 (GT Club) and are available for purchase online via www.supergtmalaysia.com. Tickets are now however, being offered at RM80 (K1 Grandstand) and RM200 (Main Grandstand) for early bird purchasers.


Also available are three exclusive Dream, Ultimate and Experience packages. The Dream Package and Ultimate packaged includes GT Club paddock hospitality, a taxi ride, grid walk, pit walk and circuit safari; while the Experience Package offers GT Club paddock hospitality, a taxi ride, pit walk and circuit safari. All these packages can be purchased in the official website too.

Fans from Asia and Europe can also take advantage of special flight and premium hotel accommodation packages to attend the SUPER GT Malaysia Festival 2020 courtesy of the event’s Official Airlines, Malaysia Airlines. Offers and bookings can be made via the MH holidays website at https://holidays.malaysiaairlines.com and Enrich members also enjoy ticket discount benefits when they purchase SUPER GT Malaysia Festival 2020 tickets.


In partnership with UMW Toyota Motor Malaysia, organizer of the well-established Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival street race, all SUPER GT Malaysia Festival 2020 ticket holders will also have the chance of winning and driving home a brand-new Toyota GR Supra in a Predict and Win Competition.


Meanwhile, in partnership with Art of Speed, SUPER GT Malaysia Festival 2020 will treat motorsports fans to an outdoor Auto Expo at the open Mall Area leading up to the Main Grandstand with a wide range of displays by car manufacturers, automotive brands, after market specialists, lifestyle products, car clubs and enthusiasts.


At the launch today, SUPER GT Malaysia Festival 2020 also unveiled a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus which will be used to promote the race in downtown Kuala Lumpur, and ferry motorsports fans on a circuit safari around as the SUPER GT cars blaze around the Sepang Circuit during the race weekend.


For more information or enquiries, visit the website at www.supergtmalaysia.com.

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September 10, 2019

SOURCE: http://www.bernama.com/state-news/beritabm.php?id=1762819 PEKAN, 30 Ogos — Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) bakal menjadi institusi pengajian tinggi pertama di negara ini memiliki dan menjadi pengeluar utama model kenderaan sukan permotoran bagi Formula Comet. Formula Comet ialah satu kepakaran dalam teknologi perlumbaan yang melebihi satu peringkat daripada Formula Karting menggantikan Formula Vee dan Formula Ford yang kini agak […]

SOURCE: http://www.bernama.com/state-news/beritabm.php?id=1762819

PEKAN, 30 Ogos — Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) bakal menjadi institusi pengajian tinggi pertama di negara ini memiliki dan menjadi pengeluar utama model kenderaan sukan permotoran bagi Formula Comet.

Formula Comet ialah satu kepakaran dalam teknologi perlumbaan yang melebihi satu peringkat daripada Formula Karting menggantikan Formula Vee dan Formula Ford yang kini agak ketinggalan.

Ahli Lembaga Pengarah UMP, Datuk Dr Rosli Mohd Yunus berkata usaha berkenaan direalisasikan melalui jalinan kerjasama antara Pusat Kejuruteraan Automotif UMP dengan Haro Sports and Entertainment Sdn Bhd.

“Jaringan kerjasama ini akan membuka peluang kepada UMP menyediakan tenaga mahir dalam aspek permotoran berteknologi tinggi dan pengurusan program perlumbaan di bawah bimbingan pakar oleh pihak Haro.

“Formula Comet dilihat sangat berpotensi besar untuk berjaya berikutan terdapat keperluan dan permintaan yang tinggi bagi membangunkan satu peringkat sukan permotoran.” katanya kepada pemberita selepas majlis menandatangani memorandum persefahaman (MoU) antara UMP dan Haro Sports and Entertainment Sdn Bhd di universiti itu di sini, hari ini. 

Yang turut hadir Pengurus Besar Haro Sports and Entertainment Sdn Bhd Fahrizal Hasan dan Pengarah Urusannya Mohamad Yamin Ahmad Shafie.

Rosli berkata, pasaran terhadap kejohanan Formula Comet juga dilihat semakin meluas khususnya di negara rantau Asia Tenggara, Pasifik dan Asia Timur. 

Beliau menyifatkan perkembangan itu selaras dengan Jaringan Universiti Teknikal Malaysia (MTUN) dalam memperkasa latihan kemahiran Pendidikan Teknikal dan Latihan Vokasional (TVET) aras tinggi dalam negara.

“Ini memberi peluang kepada pelajar lepasan diploma kemahiran dan vokasional untuk menyambung pengajian di UMP dalam bidang automotif dan lain-lain.

“Penyediaan peluang kerjaya dan latihan industri dalam bidang permotoran dan perlumbaan secara global menjamin pendapatan tinggi kepada bakal graduan UMP yang seterusnya meningkatkan kebolehpasaran mereka,” katanya.

— BERNAMA

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September 10, 2019

SOURCE: https://www.sinarharian.com.my/article/47024/EDISI/Pahang/UMP-bakal-miliki-pakar-pembuatan-kenderaan-sukan-permotoran PEKAN – Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) bakal muncul sebagai institusi pengajian tinggi pertama di negara ini memiliki kepakaran dalam pembuatan kenderaan sukan permotoran Formula Comet hasil kerjasama dengan Haro Sports and Entertainment Sdn Bhd (Haro Sports). Ahli Lembaga Pengarah UMP, Datuk Dr Rosli Mohd Yunus berkata, usaha tersebut membabitkan penyelidikan dan pemindahan teknologi […]

SOURCE: https://www.sinarharian.com.my/article/47024/EDISI/Pahang/UMP-bakal-miliki-pakar-pembuatan-kenderaan-sukan-permotoran

PEKAN – Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) bakal muncul sebagai institusi pengajian tinggi pertama di negara ini memiliki kepakaran dalam pembuatan kenderaan sukan permotoran Formula Comet hasil kerjasama dengan Haro Sports and Entertainment Sdn Bhd (Haro Sports).

Ahli Lembaga Pengarah UMP, Datuk Dr Rosli Mohd Yunus berkata, usaha tersebut membabitkan penyelidikan dan pemindahan teknologi permotoran serta perlumbaan kepada penuntut dan staf universiti itu.

Menurutnya, kerjasama itu juga membuka peluang kepada penuntut UMP menceburkan diri dan meningkatkan kemahiran dalam pembangunan dan penyelidikan kenderaan sukan permotoran Formula Comet serta pengurusan program dan acara perlumbaan.

“Ia selaras dengan agenda memasyarakatkan teknologi universiti ini dan menggalakkan kerjasama dua hala dengan pihak industri bagi memperkasa Pendidikan Teknikal dan Vokasional (TVET) negara,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas majlis menandatangani memorandum persefahaman (MoU) antara UMP dan Haro Sport di Dewan Bankuet Canseleri Tun Abdul Razak, UMP Kampus Pekan di sini kelmarin.

UMP diwakili beliau dan Dekan Inovasi Industri, Prof Madya Dr Abdul Adam Abdullah manakala Haro Sports diwakili Pengarah Urusannya, Fahrizal Hasan dan Pengurus Besar, Mohamad Yamin Ahmad Shafie.

Rosli berkata, UMP berbangga dengan inisiatif Pusat Kejuruteraan Automotif (AEC) dalam kalaborasi dengan Haro Sports bagi meningkatkan pertukaran teknologi dalam bidang pembuatan kenderaan sukan permotoran.

“Sukan bermotor perlu dilihat sebagai satu ekosistem yang melibatkan pembangunannya sebagai satu industri.

“Pembangunan bukan hanya untuk kenderaan, pemandu atau penunggang tetapi juga individu yang terlibat di belakang tabir. Mereka inilah ‘unsung hero’ yang menjadi tulang belakang pasukan,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Fahrizal berkata, Formula Comet dilihat berpotensi besar untuk berjaya memandangkan terdapat keperluan dan permintaan yang tinggi bagi membangunkan satu peringkat sukan permotoran.

Menurutnya, ia berpotensi dalam mengembangkan pasaran terhadap kejohanan sukan permotoran Formula Comet yang dikenal pasti mampu berkembang lebih meluas dengan sasaran kepada negara di rantau Asia Tenggara, Pasifik dan Asia Timur.

“Hasil daripada usaha ini seterusnya dapat menyediakan peluang kerjaya dan latihan industri dalam bidang permotoran dan perlumbaan secara global yang menjamin pendapatan yang tinggi kepada bakal graduan UMP, seterusnya dapat meningkatkan kebolehpasaran dan melahirkan graduan yang berkualiti.

“Selain itu, kerjasama ini juga membuka jaringan prospek yang lebih luas terutamanya dengan rakan-rakan antarabangsa yang berkredibiliti lagi berpotensi,” katanya

Pada majlis itu turut menyaksikan penyerahan kenderaan lumba Toyota 86 oleh Haro Sports kepada pihak UMP.

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November 10, 2018

HARO SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT SDN. BHD.(HARO) and the promotor of SUPER GT series GTA Co., Ltd have reached an agreement to work together to bring Malaysia SUPER GT at Sepang International Circuit in 2020. The race in 2020 will be the first ever night race for SUPER GT. HARO is a sports, entertainment and marketing […]

HARO SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT SDN. BHD.(HARO) and the promotor of SUPER GT series GTA Co., Ltd have reached an agreement to work together to bring Malaysia SUPER GT at Sepang International Circuit in 2020. The race in 2020 will be the first ever night race for SUPER GT.

HARO is a sports, entertainment and marketing firm established in 2016, with a core business that revolves around football, golf, e-sports in Malaysia. HARO has played an integral part in the successful acquisition of partners and in the development of its commercial properties for the Pahang Football Association (Pahang FA), a Malaysian professional football club. HARO has also been at the forefront of connecting gamers from around the world to the virtual arena in e-sports taking center stage. In Golf, HARO co-founded a golf scholarship project with the aim of making young Malaysian golfers professional that will represent Malaysia in the international scene. Haro takes steps toward SUPER GT filled with an experienced team in motorsports.

If returning SUPER GT to Sepang happens in 2020, it will be the first Malaysia Round after 7 years absence. SUPER GT in Sepang International Circuit started back in 2000 with exhibition race, have been held 13 times until 2013.

Fahrizal Hasan, managing partner of Haro, said, “Japan is synonymous with innovation, and at HARO, we are all about reinventing the wheel. The return of SUPER GT to Malaysia will be history in the making. It will be the first ever SUPER GT night race in the world.”

“We hope that not only the drivers, teams and car manufacturers but also everyone involved in SUPER GT will work together with HARO and the local staff involved in operations at Sepang to help the people of Malaysia share in the enjoyment of motor sports and create a race event based on a shared understanding of automobile culture. At the same time, I hope that through SUPER GT we can contribute to promoting exchange that builds friendship between Malaysia and Japan” said GTA’s Chairman Masaaki Bandoh.

“HARO is an organization that runs a professional football club in Malaysia and is also highly respected for its expertise in sport branding. As an organization that seeks to promote the globalization of motor sports, we at GTA feel very fortunate to have established this partnership with such an accomplished promoter as HARO, and it is our sincere wish that we can work together to build recognition for SUPER GT in Malaysia” add the GTA’s Chairman Masaaki Bandoh.

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April 23, 2018

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Over the last year, few measures related to the legalization of sports betting have received as much attention or garnered more controversy than a so-called integrity fee proposed by several pro sports leagues, particularly the NBA.

Introduced by NBA senior vice president Dan Spillane at a New York Senate hearing in January, the league’s proposal would require gaming operators to pay the league 1% of their total handle on legal wagers involving NBA teams in a given jurisdiction. The fee, which NBA commissioner Adam Silver later dubbed a royalty, would essentially compensate the league for the intellectual property of its official data, as well as added enforcement and compliance expenses brought about by an expansion in sports gambling.

Without softening his stance on integrity fees, Silver indicated this month that the league could explore commercial relationships with a host of Nevada-based gaming establishments, home to some of the largest sports books in the world. Ironically, Silver delivered the comments from a ballroom inside the Wynn Hotel and Casino less than four miles from the site of the 2018 NBA Summer League. At the start of the 12-day showcase, Silver held amicable discussions in Las Vegas with Jim Murren, the chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International.

For the second consecutive summer, MGM Resorts served as the title sponsor of the NBA Summer League, an event that drew appearances from LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Jerry West, among others. In December, the NBA and the WNBA approved the company’s purchase and relocation of the San Antonio Stars to Las Vegas. Then, on Saturday, the WNBA announced that the new franchise, the Las Vegas Aces, would host the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Given the NBA’s extensive partnerships with MGM on multiple fronts, Silver’s willingness to broaden its relationship with gaming operators seems logical. At the Wynn, the NBA’s Board of Governors heard a presentation on the legal developments surrounding the expansion of sports gambling along with another on the potential commercial opportunities that could ensue in the years to come. In entertaining such options, Silver is mindful of the delicate balance the league must strike if gambling regularly becomes integrated into NBA broadcasts — in many cases before teenage and family audiences.

“It’s more of us saying as an ownership group, let’s step back and really study these issues and try to understand them and see what the best ultimate consumer experience can be, and at the same time balanced against protecting the integrity of the league,” Silver said.

Over the course of the event, the summer league set a new record for attendance of 139,972 spectators, accounting for approximately 27,000 hotel rooms night in Las Vegas, Silver said.

Although Silver emphasized that the NBA has achieved a modicum of success in ironing out complicated issues pertaining to the league’s official data, he admitted there has been less progress on developments regarding integrity fees. At present, there are several roadblocks impeding its efforts. On Capitol Hill, legislators have yet to formally propose a federal framework for sports gambling. With nearly one-third of the U.S. Senate up for re-election in November, any meaningful legislation focused on sports betting will likely remain on hold until after the midterm election. On the state level, an early rush by legislators to capitalize on the Court’s decision has slowed noticeably during the summer recess period.

Four states, including New York, are considering proposals that would provide various pro sports league with royalties of 0.2 percent to 1 percent of the total handle on legalized wagers from their contests.

During Silver’s appearance in Las Vegas, he noted that the topic of jersey sponsorship deals with casinos was not brought up when he met with several gaming operators. A keen observer of global trends among major international leagues, Silver has kept a close eye on the prevalence of jersey deals between clubs in the English Premier League and betting shops in the U.K. At this point, though, the NBA may be hesitant to strike a deal with a gaming establishment when sports betting remains illegal in the majority of U.S. states.

“I think it’s inevitable that it’s a business that we’ll be in one day, but I don’t think it’s mature enough yet to be there,” Silver said.

Silver also made a distinction between major international corporations such as MGM that are diversified across numerous industries and smaller companies that concentrate solely on sports gambling.

“As we think about the right way to proceed, there may be differences between a larger entertainment company and a brand that is specifically focused on sports betting,” he said.