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Singapore track blessed ahead of annual F1 night race

Leaders representing Singapore's 10 religions bless the Marina Bay street circuit on Sept 12, 2013, ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix which begins on Sept 20, 2013. Photo: Wee Teck Hian
Leaders representing Singapore's 10 religions bless the Marina Bay street circuit on Sept 12, 2013, ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix which begins on Sept 20, 2013. Photo: Wee Teck Hian
Published: September 12, 5:34 PM

SINGAPORE – Ahead of next week’s 2013 Formula One Singtel Singapore Grand Prix (Sept 20–23), the Marina Bay Circuit was blessed this afternoon in a ceremony presided by representatives from the Republic’s 10 religious faiths.

According to Colin Syn, Deputy Chairman of Singapore Grand Prix, no other race circuits in the world has such a public practice and on such an elaborate scale.

“Safety is paramount and we want to pray for the security of all involved in the race, and also for good weather for sure,” said Syn, who started the practice for the local circuit since the inaugural race in 2008.

Religious figures from Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Taosim, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism, Baha’i faith, Jainism, and Zoroastrianism came together to pray for the safety of all the competing drivers and crew who will be arriving for the sixth edition of Formula 1’s iconic night race in the Lion City.