Abandoned buildings of Malaysia
Johor Racing Circuit, Pasir Gudang, Johor
Visit date(s) : 2015 - 2020
Year of build : 1986
Current status : Mothballed

Located in Pasir Gudang is Johor’s sole purpose built racing circuit. The Johor circuit was first built in 1986 and has been the centre piece for motorsport events in the state having held local, regional as well as world championship race events over the years. In 1998 the worlds eyes were on Johor when it held the 1998 Malaysian round of the Grand Prix motorcycle championship, where Mick Doohan went on to take the main race win.

In 1999, when Sepang F1 circuit came into existence, Johor circuit’s hey day as a prime venue was already on the decline, its facilities by then were already getting old and worn out.
The brand new Sepang F1 track was now snagging all the limelight, holding high profile racing events and leaving Johor by the wayside.
By 2010, Johor was catering to more grass root events such as driver training programs, test days and track days. There was even a couple of successful Singapore organised bicycle races held at the circuit!

In 2015, to the shock of many, Johor circuit’s gates closed. The official announcement given was that the facility was to undergo a major revamp and upgrading works. Unfortunately up until today, the circuits gates have remained closed. The only major new development occurring in February 2020, when the paddock buildings and grandstand structures were demolished, leaving only the circuits tall viewing tower and main track intact.

The Johor circuit in my opinion is arguably one of the finest technical circuits in the country, if not the region and harks back to traditional European circuits of old. But be under no illusions, tracks like this are inherently dangerous and Johor was known for being uncompromising, lacking adequate gravel traps and run off areas at key sections.

For myself, having gone and seen many race events in the 1980's and 1990’s, as well as having driven trackdays there, the Johor circuit holds a special place with me and no doubt many other motorsport loving Malaysian’s out there.

Hopefully one day the old circuit will reopen its doors again afresh, allowing the old and new generation of motorsports fans to experience a truly classic racetrack.

In the news

Let's not lose the Johor Circuit - New Straits Times

Johor Circuit proves home away from home for Singapore roadies (Cycling event)

From my personal archive :
26th October 1992 – FIM Endurance World Championship – 6 hour race - Johor Circuit

Carl Fogarty with his Kawasaki France ZXR-7 takes the race win after completing 227 laps together with his team mate Terry Rymer. Fogarty and Rymer with Team Kawasaki France, would go on to take the overall championship win and claim the 1992 FIM Endurance World Championship crown.

Select work : 2015 - 2021

Side gate access to paddock and trackside facilities.

Track marshalls hut with paddock and grandstand buildings in the far distance.

Crash barrier

Viewing tower at the main VIP section and grandstand areas.

Start lights along the start finish line on the main straight.