Shah Alam Circuit

Shah Alam Circuit or Batu Tiga Speedway Circuit was a racing circuit in Malaysia. The circuit was 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.

Shah Alam Circuit
Shah Alam Circuit.svg
LocationShah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Time zoneGMT +8
Coordinates03°04′34″N 101°32′38″E / 3.07611°N 101.54389°E / 3.07611; 101.54389
Opened1968
Closed2003
ArchitectJohn Hugenholtz
Major eventsMalaysian Grand Prix
Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix, SBK,1998 Commonwealth Games
Length3.69 km (2.29 mi)
Turns14

HistoryEdit

The circuit was opened in 1968. The 1968 Malaysian Grand Prix was held there on 8 September as a Formula Libre race and was won by Indonesian Hengkie Irawan driving an Elfin 600 Ford.[1] The circuit was the venue for the Malaysian Grand Prix until 1982, with the starting field consisting 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 Brabham 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.[2] In 1985 the track was lengthened from 3.38 km to 3.693 km with the addition of the curve 11.[3] In the same year, the first international racing event was held. Titled as the 1985 800 km of Selangor, the race was the tenth and final round of the 1985 World Endurance Championship, and was won by Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass 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.

DetailsEdit

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 cultureEdit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Derek Fulluck, Elfin takes Malaysian GP, Autosport, September 27 1968.
  2. ^ Shah Alam Track info
  3. ^ Tracks: Shah Alam, Batu Tiga