Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 23:50

The Malaysian round of the championship takes place at the Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpur. It's the first time of the year cars compete on a purpose-built F1 track and the perfect place to find out who's hot and who's not.

It has the cheapest tickets on the calendar and is competitively priced against other grands prix in the region. Accommodation, transport and food costs are relatively low compared to most western countries. KL is also the hub for AirAsia, a leading low cost carrier in the Asia-Pacific region.

Unlike the semi-street circuit of Melbourne, it is possible to see as much as half of the circuit from your seat, and the view from most grandstands is very good. The track features several fast sweeping bends which give the cars a noticeable rhythm that is a pleasure to drive or to watch.

K1 Grandstand - PHOTO : FREDERIC LE FLOC'H / DPPI for Renault Sport F1

As far as the support races are concerned, the GP2 Series no longer features on the program, however, the schedule once again includes the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. There will also be a concert after the race, headlined this year by Calvin Harris.

KL is developing at such an impressive pace that it is probably worth of a yearly visit. The atmosphere during the weekend is festive and charming thanks to its diverse mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures. The city is also making a name for itself as a major shopping destination and has a huge selection of cuisines to choose from. If this is your first time in KL, a trip to KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) to see the grandiose Petronas Twin Towers is almost compulsory.

Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Sunday, 02 February 2014 20:37

Photo: Francois Flamand / DPPI for FIAWEC.COM

There has been a change of date and schedule to the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. The calendar still consists of 8 rounds but the season finale will be in São Paulo, Brazil, rather than Bahrain.

There are still no weekends clashing with F1 races except for the US race which takes place on the same Saturday, albeit much later in the day, as the Singapore GP qualifying.

Although moving the Brazilian round from August to November creates a three month gap between Le Mans and Austin, however it now allows you to plan a super racing holiday in the region. The F1 Brazilian Grand Prix takes place on the 9th November at Interlagos, Formula E is scheduled the following weekend in Rio de Janeiro and two weeks later it's the 6 Hours of São Paulo in Interlagos.


2014 FIA World Endurance Championship calendar:

18-20 April // Great Britain (Silverstone)
02-03 May // Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
11-15 June // France (24 Heures du Mans)
18-20 September // USA (Austin)
10-12 October // Japan (Fuji)
31 October-03 November // China (Shanghai)
13-15 November // Bahrain (Sakhir)
28-30 November // Brazil (São Paulo)

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