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MAM did not sanction BOTK Drag Race 2022, Gong Badak circuit is only for motorcycle racing

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The Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM) has finally released a statement confirming that it did not sanction the BOTK Drag Race 2022, recently held at the Gong Badak Racing Circuit in Terengganu. The event went viral over the weekend when one of its contestants passed away after a high-speed accident.

The driver is one Muhamad Hafez Jamal Jamaludin, known to his friends as Apeh Jamal. He lost control of his Lancer Evolution IX a few seconds after the start and spun out before hitting a tree near the makeshift drag circuit.

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After a thorough investigation of the incident, MAM, also an affiliate of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), revealed that the race was not approved nor sanctioned by the body.

“MAM is saddened by the news of the passing of Muhamad Hafez Jamal Jamaludin during the BOTK Drag Race 2022 which took place at the Terengganu Gong Badak Racing Circuit. MAM also expresses its condolences to his family,” read the statement.

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“As everyone knows, motorsport is a dangerous sport. Therefore, any party that wishes to participate in motorsports either as an organiser, circuit owner, or racer is obliged to comply with the rules, regulations, and strict protocols that have been set to ensure the highest level of safety, more exciting competition, and lastly to give opportunities to racers and viewers.

“The events that are sanctioned by the MAM are conducted in compliance with the general and technical guidelines that have been set by the FIA and FIM (the global governing body for motorcycle racing), and National Competition Regulation (NCR), which are imposed, monitored, and must be adhered to without compromise.

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“Unfortunately, the BOTK 2022 drag event was not approved and sanctioned by MAM. The Gong Badak Circuit facility only allows 2-wheeled racing events such as the Petronas Malaysian Cub Prix. The MAM has never given any approval for drag racing at the Gong Badak circuit.

In the statement, MAM also stated that they had previously held discussions with the Ministry of Youth and Sports regarding the specification of the drag racing facilities approved by the FIA and FIM.

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Muhamad Hafez Jamal Jamaludin, the driver who died during the event

Among those specifications include cheap and low maintenance facilities as well as safety to enable drag racing to develop and grow in line with the announcement previously made by Prime Minister YAB Dato Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Commenting further, MAM also confirmed that it had invited the Terengganu state government to investigate the incident. They have also invited the government to discuss the further need of improving the circuit’s safety to avoid similar incidents from happening again.

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Cub Prix racing at the Gong Badak circuit

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