In June 1998, Bernie Ecclestone asks Philippe Gurdjian to control the construction of the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia in order to ensure that the circuit would be ready to host a F1 Grand Prix in 1999.
Philippe Gurdjian became the “F1 Executive Consultant” for Malaysian Airports Behrad (MAB), for the preparation and organization of the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang.
From March 1999, a real “race against time” started, to prepare the organization of the Malaysian Grand Prix. PHG had to solve technical, human and cultural problems, in order to be ready for mid-October 1999. This was a hard task, but thanks to his experience and know-how, the First Malaysian Grand Prix was a real success.
First Grand Prix organizer with more than 16 Grand Prix carrying out, Philippe Gurdjian was rewarded in January 2000 during the FIA Awards Ceremony in Monaco, with the “FOCA Best F1 Grand Prix Promoter Trophy” for the 1999 race.
In 2000, Philippe Gurdjian supervised the creation of 30,000 additional covered seats. He also monitored the improvements of safety, reception and main organization.
In January 2001, the Sepang International Circuit received during the Festival Automobile International in Paris an award of the “Most Beautiful Circuit in the World”.
After the second Malaysian Grand Prix, which took place in October 2000, PHG had a very little time to organize next year’s round, which was scheduled at the beginning of March. Once again, PHG leveraged on his experience to make it a very successful event even though he only had 5 months to organize it.