‘Motorsport events can attract tourists’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Vice President of the Brunei Offroad Vehicles Association (PKTLB) yesterday said that the association is planning to hold various motorsport events in the country beginning next year in order to boost local tourism economy and raise the profile of motorsports in Brunei at the same time.

In an interview at a flagging off ceremony for an expedition to Sabah yesterday, Muhd Azmi Milami said that one of the purposes of the expedition of four-wheel drive (4WD) was to learn and gain experience in preparation for hosting their own event next year.

“(We want to) promote extreme motorsports in the country and strengthen ties we have with 4WD enthusiasts from neighbouring countries while also increasing our offroad skills,” he said.

He added, “We also want to bring this event to Brunei and to generate income from the visitors that such an event will be able to attract. So we will go and see how it is done.”

In his speech at yesterday’s event, Muhd Azmi also said that the association is intending to organise a drag and drifting competition “in the future”.

The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof yesterday flagged off 31 vehicles at the start of their expedition to the 26th Borneo Safari International Offroad Challenge 2016 in Kota Kinabalu at the Dermaga Diraja Bandar Seri Begawan.

PKTLB’s vice president said that it was the first time that the association had participated in the annual offroad expedition on a large scale, with several government agencies and private companies involved this year.

Only three of the vehicles will be representing the country in the competition, which also sees participation from Indonesian and Malaysian offroad enthusiasts.

The Brunei Times