KUALA TERENGGANU: After pushing activities such as cycling, water sports and hockey, Terengganu is now looking at grooming motorcycle track racers.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said the state was now ready to offer youths the opportunity to try their hand at track racing with the newly-built Terengganu International Drag Track in Gong Badak, Kuala Nerus.
The track, adjacent to the state sports complex, which encompasses an indoor stadium and the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin outdoor stadium, is now gearing up for the Terengganu International Drag Battle that will take place from April 28 to May 1.
It is learnt that the track, built at RM12.6 million, features a 1.35km cub prix circuit and a 950m stretch meant for sprint tests. It will also have seating for spectators as well as a viewing tower.
“We hope that with the track, youths will not take to the streets to race illegally, thus endangering themselves and other road users, or be involved in other negative activities.
“The youths can now take part in weekly races organised by the authorities. It can be used to unearth talent for bigger things to come for them,” he said after hosting participants of the ‘Terengganu Bike Week 2017’ to a dinner at the sports complex’s indoor stadium.
‘Terengganu Bike Week 2017’ saw the participation of 3,000 superbikers from all over the country, Thailand, Singapore and Brunei.
Razif added that the track would allow youths to perform sprint tests and various motorcycle manoeuvres. Motorsports industry players can only hold events and exhibitions here as well.
“Youths can now opt to choose to be a professional rider or delve in the motorsports industry by trying their hand as entrepreneurs, service and maintenance crew, or the sales and marketing of motorsports products.
“This will generate new jobs and business opportunities for many,” he said.