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Singapore Nationals 2011 - Race 1

DATE: May 11, 2011


The Singapore Karting Championship returned for a second season with Round 1 races held over the April 23rd and 24th weekend. Organised by McElrea Racing Pte. Ltd, karters will compete for the top place over 5 race weekends from April to November 2011 at Kartright Speedway in Jurong.

Sanctioned by the Singapore Motor Sports Association (SMSA), officiated by Singapore GP, and supported by the Singapore Sports Council, karters compete over a 750-metre-long technically-challenging circuit, where the results of each race are combined to determine the overall winners for the championship.

Luxury automobile broker AutoIncSports has come in as the title sponsor for this year’s championship, and new sponsors that have also come onboard to support the championship include Xinya Media, Kartright Speedway, Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, Wimobilize Singapore Pte Ltd and Eurohaus, and prizes include trophies to the top 3 drivers of each category for each round, as well as cash prizes for the overall AutoInc SKC 2011 champions.

As a competitive sport, the AutoInc Singapore Karting Championship is still at its infancy stage compared to other more established series in Asia, but the turnout for competition days at Singapore’s only National Motorsport Championship proved to be very encouraging where paddocks were abuzz with family and friends rooting for their favourite teams and drivers. The races were made even more exciting with live commentary by Singapore’s motorsport personalities: Yuey Tan, the championship’s ambassador and a professional racing driver competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Series, Arj Kulasegaram, Porsche Club Singapore team boss & Porsche Carrera Cup Singapore GP Commentator, and Benjamin Potter, another popular GP Commentator.

The 2011 season started off on a high note with many familiar faces like veteran karting champion Kenny Yip, super-speed racer Vincent Nathan, and last year’s Cadet champion Jon Lee.
With 38 racers participating in 5 different racing classes: Cadet (8 to 12 years), Junior (13 to 15 years), Senior (15 to 35 years), Senior Master (30 to 45 years) and Senior Veteran (45 years and up), the national level karters displayed impressive driving skills.

Despite having fewer participants this year, competition was even more intense with drivers more familiarized with the race track. Reigning “Cadet” Champion Jon Lee kept his number one status by coming in with a complete score of 5/5. His closest competitor, Javier Chng, also managed to retain 2nd place despite having dropped from P2 to P6 during the qualifying rounds and getting a 10-second penalty for a jump starting in Heat 2. Lee’s younger brother, Josh Lee, clinched the third spot on the podium on his racing debut.

Standing out from the rest of the competitors in “Junior” class was 12 year old Gabriella Teo. Teo’s participation in the SKC makes her one of the two female athletes to race competitively in the championships this year. In the opening race of Heat 1, Teo manage to get ahead of the rest of everyone with Amin Noorzilan, the reigning junior champion close behind.

However, her anxiety to maintain pole resulted in a three-kart crash in her first lap. Race marshals halted the race and sent it a medical team and surprisingly, the resilient Teo was back for Heat 2 later in the day.

Second day proved to be trickier for Teo where the experienced Noorzilan showed his skill on the track during the final and managed to overtake Teo who was ahead of him, and went on to keep his title as “Junior” Champion for the 1st round. Yeo Hong Yang came in third place after Teo who placed second.

In the ‘Senior’ class races, the fastest karter for the championship to date, Vincent Nathan held pole positions for both Heat 1 and Heat 2, with Saravanan Rajukumar and Ted Linn coming close behind. However, Nathan was unable to maintain his lead in the final and at the end of Round 1, Rajukumar, Linn and Jack McGregor finished on the podium in first, second and third place respectively.

For “Masters” class, Eric Ho managed to maintain his lead throughout the two days. His consistency helped him replace Ben Goh as the reigning champion in his class. Despite an unfortunate collision with Yap Kheng Weng in the pre-final, both Goh and Yap managed to come in second and third respectively in the final.

For “Veteran” class, reigning champion Kenny Yip, displayed his consistency and maintained his position ahead of other racers, and placed first on the podium for Round 1, with Anthony Seow placing second and Leon Khoo in third.

The championship will be broadcast worldwide on Xinya TV and is available in Singapore on SingTel mio TV Channel 72. There will also be an SKC IPTV Video-On-Demand Channel featuring full races at the official website www.skc.sg.

Round 2 of AutoInc Singapore Karting Championship 2011 will be held on Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th.

Mykart 300 Lap Enduro

DATE: December 11, 2010

Today, over 20 Singapore residents, representing Karting Singapore, travelled up to KL to take the competition over to our compatriots in My-Kart, our sister organisation in Malaysia.

We had but one practise session to learn the track but thereafter with some ups and downs that we will treasure as experiences, the Singapore contingent finished a respectable 5th, 8th and 9th out of 12 teams. Given that it was our first attempt and the missing personnel we encountered in Teams 1 and Team 2, it was a fair result for the day and we were grateful that we took the battle to our friends across the Causeway.

Our JB friends Rizal, Kenyi and Mun Keat who formed one of the teams in Vertical Speed did well and finished as one of the top teams.

Here is a copy of the results and a couple of the photos. We sure did have fun as a whole and look forward to going back and improving next year.

Singapore Nationals 2010 - Race 5

DATE: November 29, 2010

Singapore’s racing season drew to a close with Round 5 of the Nescafe Karting Championships. Intended for the 30-31 October, the dates were rescheduled to 13-14 November to facilitate the younger drivers who were schooling and would be in the midst of their examinations. As with the preceding events of the series, Round 5 was held at Kartright Speedway circuit.

Saturday, 13 November was a particular good day for karting. Sunny skies throughout the entire day keep the program firmly on schedule. In Qualifying, several drivers across the classes earned themselves time penalties of +3 seconds, for crossing the pit exit blend line. Given the number of penalties awarded and in some cases, repeatedly to the same driver, the grid positioning for the Heat race were a mixed bag of surprises. At the end of qualifying, Anderson Martono, from the Junior’s class was the person to set the standard, clocking in Saturday’s fastest qualifying time of 33.509. In the Heat races, there were not too many surprises as the class favourites began to establish themselves and any significant effects of the qualifying penalties were unwound.

Sunday 14 November. One could say that the prefinals, held in the morning for the various classes played according to a script. Apart from several DNFs and James Pull received a post-race +10 seconds penalty for jump starting, there were no significant surprises in the driver finishing positions. It was perhaps fateful that nature added a little additional drama to proceedings when in Singapore’s typical tropical fashion, the skies opened during the lunch time interval and soaked the track, leaving a greasy layer of rubber.

This was unfortunate news to the Cadets who were therefore the first class to race their Finals on the slippery track. In the treacherous conditions, the track claimed Ethan Wei, Glenn Chiam and James Pull who all failed to finish. To the credit of the driver-mechanic combination of John Lee and his father, James Lee that led to a determined drive through the race in which Lee finished 20 seconds ahead of second place, Tan De Shuen. Jordan Tay, a Drakar teamate to Jon Lee, finished third after being awarded a 10 seconds penalty for a jump start. The win also gave Lee the Overall Cadet Champion title for 2010.

In the Juniors finals, Saravanan Rajakumar, picked the timing for his first race win to perfection, and took first place honours in his class with a confident drive in the wet and the right chassis setup by his mechanic team from William’s Racing. Class favourites, Anderson Martono, fell to the wet conditions when his kart slowed down just 4 laps from the chequered flag and whilst in first place. Martono’s kart stalled just in front of the pits, with a fouled spark plug whilst Thaddeus Lee, who took second, was unable to hold back a charging Rajakumar. Amin Noorzilan, drove a safe race and finished in third place, a position which was enough to ensure that he took the Overall Junior Champion title.

Nasri Naufal, better known locally as “Opai” secured his Overall Senior Champion title in style by winning the Seniors Finals in commanding fashion. In wet weather mastery, Naufal lapped every other competitor in 24 laps of racing. Sean Hudspeth took second in the class followed by Ivan Lim in third. Alan Habin, who showed flashes of speed throughout the weekend ended a dismal weekend with a DNF in the Finals.

The Finals for the Masters and Veterans class involved a merging of both classes running in the same race. The Veterans showed that age was never a factor, by finishing in the top few positions of the merged class race. Benjamin Goh won the Master’s class followed by Danial Walker and in third was Lim Keong Liam. Paul Lee who finished outside of the podium, still won the Overall Master’s Champion title when his nearest title rival, Sheridan Thomas, did not compete in the final round of the SKC. In the Veteran’s class, Kenny Yip secured his Overall Veteran’s Champion title by beating everyone to the finish line. Finishing second in the race was Jerry Ibara followed in third by Richard Wee.

Plentong Open Oct & Nov’10

DATE: November 28, 2010

The tenth and the penultimate rounds of the Johor Open Karting Championships were held on the 17 October and 21 November respectively.

The improvements to the track over the last few months, in the form of better corner curbing, extended run off areas and a proper viewing grandstand have yielded results in the form of both lower lap times and better client satisfaction. Coming into the track over the last 2 months, it is noticeable that all the team pits have been taken up or are in the process of being occupied. Not all new customers are prepared to join the club races as yet and as such, both the October and November event saw a smaller field of 12-14 karts coming from the absence of a few club regulars. Fortunately, this was offset with new blood to be found as a few  Johor residents took up the sport in Plentong in addition to the  arrival of several karters who moved their karting activities from Kartright.

With the October event raced on Track H and the November event raced on Track E, both track configurations pushed the kart engines to their extremes of max horsepower - this was apparent hearing several engines leaning out and misfiring towards the end of the straights.

Racing was intense as the new club members sought to establish themselves in the driver rankings whilst the existing club members sought to secure the necessary points tally coming into the last 3 rounds of the 2010 season. This was best represented by the racing action taking place on the track (and perhaps once can say that the competitiveness extended off the track as well).

In the dry, drivers fought hard for their positions, driving to the limit of grip - in the wet, drivers pushed to their comfort limits all the while, fighting to keep the kart on the track.

In the end, the racing action took the form of the following results.

Plentong Open Oct 2010 trophy winners

1st - Allan Lange
2nd - Graeme Dowsett
3rd - Gary Koh
4th - Alan Smith
5th - Cydric Chang
6th - Jonathan Lai

Plentong Open Nov 2010 trophy winners

1st - Allan Lange
2nd - Dave Bondi
3rd - Gary Koh
Joint 4th - Ang Kok Wee & Alan Smith
Joint 6th - Louis Liew & Chang Sin Wei

Here are a few photos from the October event of the Johor Open Karting Championships.

Karting Singapore Rental Kart 2010 Series - Race 4

DATE: October 8, 2010

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The fourth Karting Singapore rental kart championship event was held on 3 October 2010.

This was to be the last race for the championship series of 2010 following an announcement to competitors on race day that Event 5 would be cancelled in view of the Mykart Endurance race that several of the members would be participating in.

Coming into the event, the 2010 championship had been closely challenged by Cheng You Zhi and Gerald Tan who were both tied on points for 1st place. However, with Gerald Tan not competing in Event 4, the route to a championship win for You Zhi seemed a high possibility. Given that crashing out on either of the two 10 lap races could easily devastate his chances of winning, it was up to You Zhi to ensure that he had to take the battle to the track against the other title challengers.

Sunday evening … at 7.30pm, a clear night sky blessed the event. The event started on time after the preliminary driver briefing in which a new penalty system was introduced to ensure safe but fair competition. In addition, participants also took the time to take turns and handle yellow flag duties at 2 blind corners around the Kartright circuit.

Heat times from most of the participants were very competitive – mostly everyone covered their 10 laps with the 8.00 – 8.30 minute mark. Those who were unlucky enough to spin would find themselves designated towards the rear of the field, for the Finals.

In summary, Event 4 saw the end of You Zhi’s two-race win streak when Ricky Leung crossed the line 3 seconds ahead of You Zhi. Whilst great to see Ricky winning his first race, it is a credit to the statistic that made the win. – (1) second race with KartingSingapore, first podium and first win (2) his fastest lap in Finals of 46.652 was the fastest of the day and of qualifying (3) was actually the lucky 10th person to be in Finals 1 as he had finished 4th in his Heat race (4) due to his grid position, Ricky had to overtake several people in order to win and we know how difficult it is to overtake at Kartright (5) completed race in a record 7 min 58 sec, the first ever to go under 8 mins for a standing start 10 lap race.

Completing the medal tally were Jeffrey Sim in 3rd place, Amran Mohamed in 4th place, Ron Tay in 5th place, Fuji Sartono as Winner of Finals 2 and Kenneth Wong as Winner of Finals 3.

At the championship level, You Zhi did enough to ensure that he took the 2010 KS rental kart championship title with 219 points. Yap Zhan Hao was next with 187 points and in third was Amran Mohamed with 184 points. Charles Teo, the defending champion of 2009, completed his defence in fourth with 164 points.

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Singapore Nationals 2010 - Race 4

DATE: August 30, 2010


Round 4 of the Nescafe Singapore Karting Championship was once again held in treacherous weather conditions at the Kartright Speedway circuit. Sporadic rain showers and the afternoon heat left the track semi-wet and kept competitors guessing as to whether to race on slicks or wets.

At least 3 of 5 categories were closely contested with less than 10 points differences between the series leaders and the rest of the field.

In the Cadet class, Glenn Chiam capitalized on the absence of his championship rival, Maximillan Fewtrell as he stormed to his maiden pole position, beating Jon Lee Xuan Hao and Jordan Tay in qualifying. However, consistent driving in the wet garnered Jon Lee Xuan Hao the win in the finals, with Glenn Chiam coming second and Jordan Tay finishing third to round up the podium.

The Junior class proved to be a disaster for pole sitter Yeo Hong Yang as he spun out of the lead in the pre-finals. Amin Noorzilan made most of the situation as he won the finals putting him into championship contention against series leader, Anderson Martono, who missed this round due to other race commitments abroad. Joining Amin on the podium is Thaddeus Lee in second and Saravanan Rajakumar in third.

Seniors was an exciting battle between Andrew Tang and Mohammad Nasri Naufal. The day started with Mohammad Nasri Naufal dominating in the heats and pre finals. But in the finals, Andrew Tang won the race but was later penalized for technical infringement on the track, thus relegating him to second place, with Mohammad Nasri Naufal taking the lead, and Julien Fong rounding up the podium with third.

Jonathan Tay, principal of Drakar Racing which had strong representation in the youth classes said “It is impossible for any motorsport team to have an ideal result in every race. Having said that, this weekend was definitely ideal. Our Senior, Junior and Cadet drivers all won their respective classes with our Cadet drivers came in first, second and third. This has proven that Drakar Racing is moving in the right direction for our youth development. We are leading in the championship points for this category too. The next race (and the final race of the season) is really big for us and a rebirth for motorsports in Singapore.”

In the most competitive class of the series, the Masters, Lee Kok Kiang held a 4 points advantage over Sheridan Thomas coming into the race. It was an even battle between the two drivers who traded fastest times almost every lap. Ultimately, the win went to Lee Kok Kiang, followed by Sheridan Thomas with Ben Goh, coming in third. Lee Kok Kiang now has 14 point advantage over Sheridan Thomas going into the final round in October. “Drive like a champ, win like a man. We won because we have a very good marriage between Vortex engine and Tonykart chassis.” said Ben Goh, principal of Benz Motorsports.

In the Veteran class, it was Kenny Yip who dominated this class from start to finish. Jerry Ibara was left to pick up the spoils, together with Leon Khoo Beng Koon who came in third.

In concluding the weekend, William Hong of Williams Racing who had the largest contingent of drivers said “We got second (Sheridan Thomas), fifth (Lim Keong Liam), seventh (Danial Walker), eighth (Yann Cheyrou) ninth (Ganshof Geoffroy) and tenth (Steven Chen) for Masters, with second (Jerry Ibara) for Veteran. In the Juniors we had third (Saravana Rajakumar) with the IAME X30 powering the first to fifth place finishers in the Junior Category. Overall we did ok but not the result we wanted, compared to rounds one and three.”

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Karting Singapore Rental Kart 2010 Series - Race 3

DATE: August 9, 2010

Its race day again for the Karting Singapore contingent of drivers.

On the eve of National Day, You Zhi once again seized pole position in qualifying and completed the day as winner of Event 3.

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Singapore Nationals 2010 - Race 3

DATE: July 19, 2010

Rain was the challenge confronting drivers in Round 3 of the 2010 Nescafe Singapore Karting Championships. Although practice and qualifying on Saturday were relatively dry affairs, the sky opened late on Sunday morning, leaving drivers and their crew to scurry around with adjustments for their wet weather setups.

In the Cadet class, a wet track kept drivers very cautious over the first couple of laps. However, it was Maximilian Fewtrell, who salvaged a dismal performance in qualifying by coming from behind to win the Cadet class by a margin of 2.077 seconds from Jon Lee Xuan Hao who had started on pole in the finals. Through sheer determination, Maximilian Fewtrell hunted down the leader who had broken away from the chasing pack and overtook him with four laps to go. Glenn Chiam rounded off the podium in third place. “I was very happy to have qualified in pole position and I tried my best to pull away as much as I can from the pack in the final. The track was wet from the rain and it was a new experience for us to race under such conditions. It was a pity that I lost my lead, but I will continue to work hard,” said Lee.

In the Junior class, championship leader Anderson Martono jumped Chen Sze Ming and took the lead into the first turn. However, a win was not to be as a spin left him to rue the weather as Chen Sze Ming drove to victory followed by Andersen Martono and Amin Noorzilan. We leave a footnote for Thaddeus Lee who could not fight for the win this weekend as he had a disaster, when on pole during the prefinal, he stalled his engine on the warm-up lap.

In the Senior class, Mohammed Nasri Naufal provided a clinical display of dominance as he raced across the finish line 26.4 seconds ahead of Sean Hudspeth and Julien Fong. However, during post race scrutineering, both Mohammed Nasri Naufal and Sean Hudspeth karts were deemed to have infringed technical regulations and the pair were disqualified, leading to Julien Fong and Lim Zi Yang Ivan taking the first and runner-up places on the podium. “It is most regrettable that this had to happen but nonetheless, they are still winners in my heart. Opai [Nasri Naufal] displayed a fantastic result and he finished way ahead of everyone else. This is part of racing and we will ensure such things will not happen again,” said Jonathan Tay, team principal of Drakar Racing.

It was a slightly drier track when the Master’s class final was run. Round 1 winner, Sheridan Thomas, was eager to reestablish his winning form and he did so, comfortably taking a win from his championship rival Lee Kok Khiang. Lim Keong Liam, ever a consistent performer, took third place. Run in the same race, the Rotax Max sub-category, was won by Kenneth John Smith, followed by Rashid Bin Ramli and Raymond Low.

The Veteran class for drivers above 45 years old seemed to provide all the excitement for the day in both the prefinal and final races. Jerry Ibara, had an eye-catching flip on the first corner of lap one during the prefinal race. “I slotted into fourth behind Leon Khoo at the start. Going into turn 1, I saw that Pascal Delmotte was going around and I took an outside line into the corner to avoid. I thought I gave plenty of room but assume Pascal’s momentum caused his kart to roll backwards towards the outside of the turn. Whether he was stationary or still rolling I can’t confirm, but I hit his right rear wheel with my right front and side pod.” said Ibara.

However, the excitement was not to end there. As the last race of the day, and in semi wet-dry condition, whilst the majority of the grid took to the track on wet weather tires, Richard Wee opted to take a gamble by choosing to come out on slicks. Perhaps fittingly, Lady Luck was smiling on Richard Wee who was the driver that stopped to help Jerry Ibara from under his kart in the prefinal. Kenny Yip, the pole-sitter led the first half of the race, but as the track began to dry very quickly in the afternoon sun and track conditions improved, a dry line allowed Richard Wee to pick his competition off one-by-one for his first race win of the season. Leon Khoo Beng Koon and Pascal Delmotte took runner-up and third place respectively.

It is perhaps best left to William Hong of William Racing, who summed up a long but satisfying weekend for him and his crew of mechanics and support staff – “We had 3 wins out of 5 classes, the other 2 we had no entry. We had first, second, third in the Juniors, all engines sponsored by us. We are first and third for the Masters and first and third for the Veterans.”

Round 4 of the Championship will be held once again at Kartright Speedway on August 28 and 29.

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Karting Singapore Rental Kart 2010 Series - Race 2

DATE: June 8, 2010

Sunday, 6 June 2010. - race day once more for Singapore grassroot karting!

Event 2 kicked off with many familiar faces as well as a couple of new ones.

Fortunately, rain did not spoil the event which kicked off at promptly at 7.30pm.

Racing was competitive across the entire grid. Lot of close overtaking, wheel to wheel contact and daring race maneuvers with the simplest of spins in the Heats relegating drivers back several places for the Finals.

Shortly after 9.00pm, at the close of the event, we had a new event winner, You Zhi, who proudly took 1st place in a commanding drive as well as the honour of setting the fastest qualification timing.

Below is a video and photos of the event.



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Singapore Nationals 2010 - Race 2

DATE: May 15, 2010

It is once again race day in Singapore!

Scarcely a month after the inaugural Nescafe Singapore Karting Championship (SKC) event, local drivers, mechanics and their teams are back at the Kartright Speedway track to compete in the 2nd leg of the 5 leg championship.

The event has already begun to draw interest from other parts of the Asian region. However for 2010, the Singapore Motor Sports Association (SMSA) has decided to classify the SKC as a national championship and to limit participation to Singapore residents (both Singaporeans and foreigners) who will have the chance to hone their skills before the entry of competition-hardened foreign drivers and teams.

As in the April event, the class with the largest participation was the Senior Masters for which 2 separate groupings had to made. The total number in this class was 21 drivers followed by the combined Senior Open / Senior Veteran of 13 drivers and 5 drivers in each of the Junior and Cadet classes.

The Cadet class was won by Maximilian Fewtrell who demonstrated commanding wins in both Heats as well as the Prefinal and Final. 2nd place was strongly contested by Jon Lee and Glen Chiam, both driving for Drakar Racing. At the end of the day, Jon Lee and Glen Chiam took 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

The Junior class was won by Anderson Martono, who initially suffered a DNF in Heat 1 but went on to win the rest of the races to take 1st place. Amin Noorzilan and Yeo Hong Yang took 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

An interesting mix of two classes were combined to a single race category. Nevertheless, drivers from each class were still graded according to the performance of their peers within the same class. As the race weekend wore on, the race data showed an interesting pattern emerging for which the longer the distance of a specific race, the greater the number of the younger Senior Open drivers took the top spots. The final results of the Senior Open class was Andrew Tang in 1st, Ivan Lim in 2nd and Mohammad Nasri Naufal (Opai) in 3rd. Incidentally, on his way to a class win, Andrew also timed one of the fastest laps for the weekend amongst all the drivers with a time of 33.487 set in the Finals when the track was well rubbered in. The final results of the Senior Veteran class was Leon Khoo in 1st, Jerry Ibara in 2nd and Kenny Yip in 3rd.

One change implemented by organisers coming into the 2nd event of the SKC series was to recognise the performance difference of the KF2 to the stock Rotax engine. It was decided that separate podium honours would be awarded to the top 3 Rotax finishers. In order of position, the podium finishers in the Senior Masters Rotax category were Kenneth Smith, Rashid Bin Ramli and Drakar’s principal, Jonathan Tay.

Proving that second time is the charm, Paul Lee improved on his previous runner-up finishing in the April event to win the highly competitive Senior Master’s class in convincing fashion. Rhommell Singh took 2nd place and Darren Ooi took 3rd place.

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