Shah Alam Circuit

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Shah Alam Circuit
Location Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Time zone GMT +8
Opened 1968
Closed 2003
Architect John Hugenholtz
Major events Malaysian Grand Prix
Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix, SBK
Length 3.69 km (2.29 mi)
Turns 14

Shah Alam Circuit or Batu Tiga Speedway Circuit was a racing circuit in Malaysia. The circuit is located in the capital of Selangor in Shah Alam, between the Shah Alam Stadium and Federal Highway. The circuit layout was designed by Dutchman John Hugenholtz.

History[edit]

The circuit was opened in 1968 with the first Grand Prix won by Indonesian Hengkie Iriawan. It became a venue for the Malaysian Grand Prix from 1968 until 1982, whereby the starting field consisted alternately of vehicles from the Formula Atlantic, Formula Pacific or Formula 2. The last Malaysian Grand Prix race held in Shah Alam was held for Formula Holden in 1995.

The circuit was closed in 1977 after an accident that killed six children, although it later reopened after improvements of fences and guard rails around the track were carried out.[1] In 1985 the track was lengthened from 3.38 km to 3.693 km with the addition of the curve 11.[2] In the same year, the first international racing event was held, the World Sportscar Championship, won by Jacky Ickx driving a Porsche 962C.

The circuit hosted rounds of the Superbike World Championship in the 1990 and 1991, and from 1991 to 1997 it hosted the Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix. Mick Doohan is the all-time leader in motorcycle Grand Prix victories at the venue, winning the event four times. The motorcycle Grand Prix was later moved to the Johor Circuit, and later to the Sepang International Circuit.

In 2003 the circuit was sold by Selangor state government to a property developer, which then developed the area into a luxury housing project by the name D'Kayangan.

Details[edit]

The Batu Tiga Speedway Circuit Track Details In Brief:

  • Total Area: 143 acres (0.58 km2)
  • No. of Pits: 57 units, 42 units concrete pit (22' x 17'), 15 units wooden pits (22' x 7')
  • Spectator capacity: Covered grandstand - 8000, Uncovered grandstand - 18,000
  • Track length: 3.38km / 3.69km
  • No. of Turns: 14. Left -4, Right -10
  • Straights: 3. The longest straight was 600 meters.
  • Gate Entrances: 3

In popular culture[edit]

The track was used as one of the shooting locations for Jackie Chan's 1995 film Thunderbolt.

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