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Singapore Grand Prix Track | © chensiyuan
Singapore Grand Prix Track | © chensiyuan

Experience The Thrill Of The Singapore Grand Prix, Asia's Only Night Race

Picture of Prianka Ghosh
Updated: 3 September 2016
This year’s 2016 Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix will feature even more exciting races than previous years. When Formula One was first organized on the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore in 2008, it was the first and only night race, as well as being the first street circuit in Asia. The rationale for holding the event after dark is not just the novelty of the night circuit, but to mitigate the effects of the equatorial temperatures on the temperature of the cockpit which even still can reach a scorching 60 °C. Singapore’s Grand Prix will be supported by the Ferrari Challenge, touring car championship the TCR International Series and the Porsche Carrera Cup.

Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific

In this challenge, drivers will be in the Ferrari 458 Challenge EVOs which reach a top speed of 320 kilometers per hour (199 miles per hour). Alongside last year’s winner, Steve Wyatt, this year’s challenge will also feature homegrown talent Gregory Tro in the Trofeo Pirelli AM class. All of the Ferrari events will be held during daylight hours.

2016 Ferrari Challenge | Courtesy of Singapore Grand Prix

2016 Ferrari Challenge | Courtesy of Singapore Grand Prix

TCR International Series

The Touring Car international Series returns for its second consecutive year. Featuring cars from everyday manufacturers, competitors will be racing in cars such as the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Opel Astra, and Volkswagen Golf GTI but with 2.0-liter supercharged engines, this race has proven to be a true crowd-pleaser. Furthermore, these cars don’t have the high-tech features common in racing, with no driver aids or telemetric data this is all about the driver and their relationship with their vehicle. Fan favorite and reigning champion Stefano Comini will once again be competing in a Volkswagen Golf.

TCR International | Courtesy of Singapore Grand Prix

TCR International | Courtesy of Singapore Grand Prix19.09.2015- Race 1, Start

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia features drivers in the Porsche 911 GT3 with a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine which maxes out at 315 kilometers per hour (195 miles per hour). Much of the Singapore audience will be cheering for local driver Andrew Tang, recently selected and supported by Porsche China. Yuey Tan is another homegrown and highly accomplished talent who will be competing in the privateer Class B.

Porsche Carrera Cup | Courtesy of Singapore Grand Prix

Porsche Carrera Cup | Courtesy of Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore Grand Prix

The marquis event is guaranteed to be the most exciting Singapore Grand Prix yet, with event organizers determined to make this the premier highlight of Singapore’s annual calendar of events. The 2015 event drew a staggering 85,000-strong crowd on each of the three days of the event, and this one promises to be even larger. The 5.065 kilometer track features a Formula One record-high 23 turns and with one of the longest pit lanes of the season, audiences can expect fewer pit stops and more racing action compared to other Formula One Events. This year, the cars are expected to be even louder than before thanks to changes made to the exhaust system. The Singapore crew works tirelessly over five months to set up the 800,000-square-meter Circuit Park so that the event runs smoothly and has the least impact possible on the city’s bustling downtown traffic come the Monday morning after the event.

Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore | © Steven Tee/LAT Photographic | Courtesy of Singapore Grand Prix

Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore | © Steven Tee/LAT Photographic | Courtesy of Singapore Grand Prix

 

Marina Bay Street Circuit Map | Courtesy of Singapore Grand Prix

Marina Bay Street Circuit Map | Courtesy of Singapore Grand Prix