Sepang International Circuit and TOC Automotive College to Promote and Develop Local Motorsports Talents
SEPANG, 27 October 2017 – Sepang International Circuit (SIC) and TOC Automotive College have officially announced their partnership to develop SIC as the Motorsports Hub of Asia yesterday. The move aims to not only scout and nurture generations of local motorsports athletes and engineers, but also accelerate the development and awareness of the motorsports industry in Malaysia and throughout Asia.
The long-term partnership will see both SIC and TOC adopt a multi-level approach to promote the local motorsports scene by way of educational courses, practical trainings, local and international exposures. This will include setting up joint programmes, activities and projects to grow local talents who will support the motorsports discipline, such as race engineers and athletes.
“SIC’s Motorsports Development Division programme aims in developing young talents for world championship racing, be it as a racer or engineers. Our role is to nurture these young individuals who want to make a name for their country in their respective motorsports career path. It will reflect in the industry’s sustainability especially within the aspects of Malaysian motorsports as a whole. Our vision is to enable more Malaysians to be part of a Malaysian race team in a World Championship Race,” said Dato’ Razlan Razali, Chief Executive Officer of Sepang International Circuit.
“TOC is extremely proud to kick-start this collaboration with Sepang International Circuit. Malaysians have a strong history of interest in the fields of motorsports and automotive technology. By developing local talents in these fields, we believe there will be an increased number of local automotive professionals who will positively contribute to making SIC the premium Motorsports Hub not just in Malaysia, but in the region,” said Adelaine Foo, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of TOC.
A Roadmap for the Future
Among the proposed plans to promote motorsports interest at the grassroots level in the country will include motorsports teams to “adopt-a-school” across secondary schools around Malaysia. SIC and TOC aim to conduct school tours at the racing venue where key experts of the industry will provide insights on motorsports racing. Aside from that, it also aims to give youths a first-hand experience in motorsports.
The collaboration between SIC and TOC will provide valuable training sessions and hands-on learning opportunities for all automotive enthusiasts. With this partnership, TOC and SIC aims to inspire other like-minded individuals to gain interest in the automotive industry and to position Malaysia as a thought leader in the motorsports field.
Fueling Up the Motorsports Industry with More Local Talents
Since the launch of TOC in 2004, over 2,000 Malaysian students have entered the local automotive industry. Prior to the introduction of Diploma in Motorsport Technology by TOC in 2012, it is estimated that 10% of TOC’s graduates ventured into the Motorsports industry worldwide, which includes racing venues such as SIC. This will continue to drive TOC to produce more talents for the industry, which is one of the key priorities for TOC as part of the Memorandum of Understanding.
Over the past decade, SIC has served as an excellent platform for TOC graduates to further develop their skills in the motorsports industry. It is also a regular tourist attraction and has hosted international motorsports championships such as the F1 Grand Prix and MotoGP since its inception in 1999.
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About Sepang International Circuit
Sepang International Circuit is more than just a racing circuit. Since 1999, the circuit has shown growth and SIC aims to fully utilise the venue and surrounding areas to create an edutainment hub for Malaysians. Dubbed the ‘hottest venue’ in Kuala Lumpur and best known for high-octane international motorsports events such as the F1 Grand Prix and MotoGP as well as concerts and weddings, the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) ticks all the boxes as a choice venue for events of any calibre. SIC lives and breathes motoring, from adrenaline driven events, to preserving motorsports history, as well as developing talent with its very own SIC Racing Team, which was established in 2014. For more information, visit www.sepangcircuit.com.
About TOC Automotive College
Established in 2004, TOC Automotive College (TOC) is the pioneer in professional automotive education that ensures mobility and employability. TOC’s passion is what drives them to provide the best learning experience in automotive and motorsports. They believe they play an integral part in shaping the fundamentals and the future of the automotive industry.