Another race that should go away.. Sepang: Night race could rejuvenate GP Friday, 25 February 2011 11:59 The boss of the Malaysian Grand Prix reckons the circuit should aim to host a night race before its current Formula 1 contract expires in 2015 in a bid to rejuvenate the event amid falling local interest and increasingly run-down facilities. The first Malaysian GP in 1999 heralded the start of F1s expansion into new markets into the Far, and Middle, East and at the time the Sepang circuit was considered state-of-the-art. But little more than a month ahead of the countrys 13th grand prix, Sepang chief Razlan Razali has admitted the event has lost its lustre and in urgent need of a boost. Just 97,000 people attended the three-day grand prix event in 2010 and Razlan thinks the competition being posed by the already hugely successful night race in nearby Singapore, and the ease with which the Malaysian event can be watched on television amid tropical April conditions, have had detrimental affects. It has lost its lustre," Razlan told AFP when asked about the state of Malaysias race. "Having Singapore next to us for F1 does not help and our biggest competitor is the television as many people prefer to watch the race from the comfort of their homes." Since a record high of 140,000 spectators through the gates in 2006, attendances for the event have continued to fall despite organisers slashing ticket prices. Razlan admits attempts to entice a bigger crowd have been compromised by a lack of maintenance on the circuits infrastructure, with the main grandstands iconic roof needing to be replaced and leaking canopy repaired. "When it rains, it leaks. People are not happy, he explained. The circuit was built in a record time but unfortunately there were shortcuts and poor maintenance," he said. Although stressing the continued importance of the race to Malaysias national tourism interests, Razlan reckons a one-off night race could provide the boost the race requires. "We should do one night race before we extend the 2015 contract, he suggested. Maybe this will attract a bigger crowd as the weather at night will be cool. Malaysia race has run as a twilight event over the past two seasons so that it can be broadcast at a more convenient time for European TV viewers, and when the country signed an extended deal with Formula One Management in 2007 it was agreed that Sepang would hold a night race at any time upon notification from FOM.