2,500 get chance to walk on F1 pit lane
Visitors enjoy opportunity to catch a glimpse of the cars
For the first time in the history of the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, ordinary folks got to walk on the most famous stretch of the Marina Bay Street Circuit - the pit lane.
Crowds five to six deep thronged outside the Formula One teams' pit garages past 10pm last night, treasuring the rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of the fastest cars on earth.
The Pit Lane experience, which also saw the circuit park host the 2,500 visitors for the first time on a Thursday, gave them a small taste of what happens during the race weekend. In past races, only Paddock Club pass holders - who include heads of states, celebrities and business leaders - get to visit the Pit Lane.
This year, however, race organiser Singapore GP held a ballot from May 28 to Aug 22 via its website, which allowed ordinary folk to also share in the experience, albeit without the actual racing.