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Singapore GP sets up task force to review security at Marina Bay circuit after lapse

Singapore GP, race promoter of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix, has set up an internal task force to review security at the Marina Bay street circuit after a spectator entered the race track during Sunday's Grand Prix event.

On September 20 at about 9.15pm, British national Yogvitam Pravin Dhokia made an unauthorised entry through a safety Egress Point (EP) in what is the first track security breach the Singapore Grand Prix has seen so far.

Mr Dhokia was charged in court in Singapore on Tuesday with committing a rash act.

SGP said that in line with Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) rules, EPs are intentionally left open and unlocked for access from the Marshal Zone in the event of an incident.

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"This allows a driver to quickly escape the track following a crash or mechanical failure, or for a marshal to access the track to retrieve debris or vehicles," SGP said.

In accordance with FIA regulation, the Marina Bay circuit provides around 174 trackside access points - including EPs -, all protected by a secondary barrier. About half of the EPs located within Marshal Zones around the circuit are manned by race officials while the rest have security personnel patrolling the areas and or crowd control fences.