Tickets for the 2009 running of the Singapore Grand Prix have started to go on sale, with a special 'early bird' release giving fans the chance to make significant savings on the purchase price of seats for the second Formula One night race.

All grandstands, except for the Bay Grandstand, were released for sale via selected channels during part one of the ticketing launch. This early release will be followed by part two on 20 April, where the Bay Grandstand and three-day Walkabout tickets will also be released for sale.

In all, a total of 72,000 tickets will be released. The early bird release consists of up to 50 per cent of the available inventory for grandstand and walkabout passes, and once the 'early bird' allotment in each area is taken up, the balance in the respective category will be offered at the regular 2009 rates.

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"For 2009, we have introduced our lowest prices ever, and held or bettered 2008 ticket prices," Mr. Teo Hock Seng, chairman of race promoter Singapore GP Pte Ltd (SGP), said. "We are fully aware of the need to reflect the realities of the current economic situation.

"Our objective has always been to make the race as accessible as possible. Singapore GP remains committed to this, hence we will continue to offer various pricing points."

In the current 'early bird' release, fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for turn one, turn two, Stamford and Pit Grandstands with savings ranging from 7 per cent to 14 per cent when compared with last year. These prices also represent an average of 15 per cent discount on the regular 2009 prices.

Tickets for the three-day Walkabout, Padang, Connaught and Esplanade Waterfront Grandstands have been held at the same price as last year during the early bird release of part one, offering savings of 12 per cent to 29 per cent over the regular 2009 prices.

Currently, only three-day 'season passes' are available for grandstands, but single day grandstand tickets could be released closer to the race weekend, pending the take-up of the season passes.

Tickets are available via the ticketing hotline on +65 6738 6738 or online at http://tickets.singaporegp.sg.