REMEMBERING BATU TIGA CIRCUIT 1968-2003

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REMEMBERING BATU TIGA CIRCUIT 1968-2003

Long before Sepang International Circuit came into existence in 1999, most of Malaysia’s motorsport events took place at Batu Tiga Speedway Circuit also know as Batu Tiga Motorsport Paradise (SAMP) which was in Shah Alam , the capital city of Selangor.
The circuit was opened in 1968. The first Malaysian Grand Prix was held there on 8 September 1968.

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A Brief History
Batu Tiga Speedway Circuit – also known as Shah Alam Circuit – was designed by John Hugenholtz and opened in 1968, with the first venue of the Malaysian Grand Prix until 1982. The last Malaysian Grand Prix held in Shah Alam was held in 1995 for Formula Holden.

Over the years, it had seen a lot of races ranging from open wheeled racing like Formula Atlantic, Formula Pacific, Formula 2, Formula Holden to endurance racing. Most notably was in 1985 Malaysia 800 Selangor World Sportscar Championship, won by Jacky Ickx, who drove a Porsche 962C.

It was the place for Malaysian petrolheads and 2T heads, including me, where I had my first race on a Kawasaki Ninja 100 (AR100), which I finish 5th, and I had another race on the same day on a Honda Hurricane 110., which i also finish 5th. I had many fond memories of Batu Tiga Circuit, had my first kneedown, first trophy. I spend many of my early racing days training in Batu Tiga and with Petronas Sprinta TVK going to Batu Tiga was like a 5 day in a week affair. I even witness Jackie Chan movie “Thunderbolt” being filmed at the Batu Tiga circuit! I was even in a Shell commercial that was shot in Batu Tiga. Met Valentino Rossi 1995 during Aprilia Team test. Got his signature on a special ordered AGV Helmet Moon and Sun, that time no one really know who was The Doctor Valentino Rossi. At that time I was riding a RS250.

In 1983, the track was lengthened from 3.38 km to 3.693 km with the addition of Curve 11 and called the New Loop.
The famous Rothmans Porsche 962C and the legendry Jacky Ickx was at the Batu Tiga Circuit.

Batu Tiga hosted Superbike World Championship in 1990 and 1991. From 1991 to 1997, the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix with was 500cc, 250cc and 125cc two stroke era. Mick Doohan won 4 times at Batu Tiga. Only once the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix moved to Johor Circuit in 1998, before Sepang International Circuit (SIC), which still continued to this day. So the World Motorcycle Championships and now MotoGP has been held in Malaysia for 28 years.

Batu Tiga hosted Superbike World Championship in 1990 and 1991. From 1991 to 1997, the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix with was 500cc, 250cc and 125cc two stroke era. Mick Doohan won 4 times at Batu Tiga. Only once the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix moved to Johor Circuit in 1998, before Sepang International Circuit (SIC), which still continued to this day. So the World Motorcycle Championships and now MotoGP has been held in Malaysia for 28 years.

In 2003, the circuit was sold by Selangor state government to a property developer, which then developed the area into a luxury housing area called D’Kayangan. Only the Shell Batu Tiga remain, but sadly Batu Tiga Circuit is no longer there.
With the Sepang International Circuit came into existence in 1999, Batu Tiga Circuit has became outdated. As major races were held in Sepang which has much better facility and a better track.
It is really a shame that Batu Tiga gone, and not even a single trace of it is left only left in the minds and hearts of those whose been there, those whose watched the races and raced there.
Track length: 3.38km (1968-1983) 3.69km (1983-2003)
No. of Pits: 57 Pits.
Spectator capacity: Covered grandstand – 8000, Uncovered grandstand – 18,000 (Total 26,000)
No. of Turns: 14. 4 Left 4 and 10 Right
Straights: 3. The longest straight was 600 meters.

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