The Sepang International Circuit (SIC) and the TOC Automotive College have officially announced their partnership to develop SIC as the Motorsports Hub of Asia. The long-term partnership aims to not only identify and nurture future generations of local motorsports athletes and engineers but also accelerate the development and awareness of the motorsports industry in Malaysia and throughout Asia.
The partnership will see both parties adopt a multi-level approach to promote the local motorsports scene by way of educational courses, practical training, as well as local and international exposure. This will include setting up joint programmes, activities and projects to develop local talents who will support the motorsports discipline, such as race engineers and athletes.
“SIC’s Motorsports Development Division programme aims in developing young talents for world championship racing, be it as a racer or engineers. Our role is to nurture these young individuals who want to make a name for their country in their respective motorsports career path. It will reflect in the industry’s sustainability especially within the aspects of Malaysian motorsports as a whole. Our vision is to enable more Malaysians to be part of a Malaysian race team in a World Championship Race,” said Dato’ Razlan Razali, Chief Executive Officer of SIC.
“TOC is extremely proud to kick-start this collaboration with Sepang International Circuit. Malaysians have a strong history of interest in the fields of motorsports and automotive technology. By developing local talents in these fields, we believe there will be an increased number of local automotive professionals who will positively contribute to making SIC the premium Motorsports Hub not just in Malaysia, but in the region,” said Adelaine Foo, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of TOC.
Among the proposed plans to promote motorsports interest at the grassroots level in the country will include motorsports teams to ‘adopt-a-school’ across secondary schools around Malaysia. SIC and TOC aim to conduct school tours at the racing venue where key experts of the industry will provide insights on motorsports racing. Aside from that, it also aims to give youths a first-hand experience in motorsports.