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Malaysia prepares for night race
Malaysia's Sepang formula one circuit will be ready for night racing next year, according to media reports. Mokhzani Mahathir, chairman of Sepang International Circuit, told the New Straits Times newspaper that discussions were under way to stage night racing at the 5.542-kilometre track on the outskirts of the city.

Singapore is due to host the first formula one night grand prix in September on a street circuit. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone wants Asian circuits to introduce night racing to cater for European fans because of the time difference.

Three Asian venues are holding day races in 2008, Malaysia, Japan and China. The Australian Grand Prix kicks off the season next month. Mokhzani said Sepang would put in place a different system from the one used by Singapore, which is a street circuit. The Singapore set-up is expected to generate 3.2 million watts of power and use 108,423 metres of cable.

The strength of lighting is estimated to be four times brighter than that of the floodlights used in top football stadiums. Malaysia will need similar power. "We have also studied the impact of having lighting technology at the circuit and we have come to the conclusion that it will help generate bigger revenue as the circuit can be rented for night racing," he said. theage.com.au

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