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Karting Singapore Rental Kart 2010 Series - Race 1

DATE: May 2, 2010

The first event on the 2010 Karting Singapore rental kart series calendar saw 30 participants  take to the track on Sunday evening.


The event was held at the Kartright track and was the first of five race events that were planned for the year.


On a month which saw significant rainfall during the evenings, it was a blessing to find an absence of rain.


Having experimented with several formats during the previous year, the event format for 2010 took the form of a quick warm-up session followed by three Heats sessions of 10 laps each which determined the race positions for the Finals for which all participants raced for honours, medals and championship points. As a prelude to the event, the grids for the Heats were determined by a qualification session cum Time Attack that was held during the preceding weeks before the event.


Coming into race day, Charles Teo took Qualifying Pole with a Time Attack lap time of 46.842 secs.

At the end of the day, the winner of the event was Yap Zhan Hao, followed by Charles Teo and Gerald Tan. Taking fourth place was Fuji Sartono and rounding off the podium places was Bong Andres with fifth place.


Medals (and additional championship points) also went out to the winners of Finals 3 and Finals 2 which were Hamizan Ali and Lee Wee Leong respectively.

Detailed results can be found at http://www.mylaps.com/results/showevent.jsp?id=517858 .

The championship points total after Event One are as follows:

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Singapore Nationals 2010 - Race 1

DATE: April 20, 2010

The inaugural Nescafe National Championships took place from the 16 - 18 April 2010 during which many of the local karters took to the tracks to battle for supremacy in their respective classes.

The results of the event are as follows:

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1st - Jon Lee Xuan Hao
2nd - Daim Bin Hishammudin
3rd - Glenn Chiam

Juniors
1st - Mohammad Nasri Naufal
2nd - Lim Zi Yang Ivan
3rd - Julien Fong

Masters
1st - Sheridan Thomas
2nd - Lee Kok Khiang
3rd - Benjamin Goh

Veterans

1st - Yip Ngai Meng Kenny
2nd - Richard Wee Keng Kwok
3rd - Premkumar Pillay

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Singapore Racing Teams Tackle The Malaysian RMC

DATE: March 15, 2010

It is race season once again …

This is not hard to tell as its all hustle and bustle in the weeks preceding the opening race of the season.

For a race team - there is much to do, so many things to organise, so little time to do so.

For team managers Jonathan Tay and Guy Ermer, life is constantly in a flux leading to race day. This year, two teams, BlackDog Racing and Drakar Racing carry the Singapore flag across the Causeway to do battle against the other teams and one another at the Sepang circuit near Kuala Lumpur. For both teams, this is the second season of team racing into Malaysia, although this will be the first year for Drakar members to race under their own team outfit.

Much is planned for 2010, which is a watershed year in which the teams will be racing for honours at events and tracks across Malaysia as well as the Team Enduro and Singapore Nationals events to be held in their host country.

With the teams planning to partake in several of the year’s events, the inaugural race for the Rotax Max Challenge Malaysia 2010 Championship held last weekend on the 13th and 14th of March is proving pivotal to the teams and drivers preparations for the rest of the year’s event. Thus far, the results of the March event for both teams has proved quite positive for drivers from both teams as several took podium honours or met their personal and team targets for the events.


We leave you with several photos from the RMC event held at Sepang as well as the PreFinal and Final results for the different events.

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Karting Singapore Rental Kart Series 2009 - Race 3

DATE: January 17, 2010

So we finally come to the end of the 2009 Rental Kart Championship in which we saw drivers battling across several experimental formats.

Going into the final race, the outcome of the championship was finally determined in the 24 kart finals.

And the Champion of the 2009 series, through consistent point scoring across all 3 events is Charles Teo.

Congratulations to Charles and all our day’s medalist as well as to all the participants who have graced the three events of the series.

We hope you join us for the 2010 series!

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The Morning After: An Email Interview Of The 4 Hour Endurance Race

DATE: January 13, 2010

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Saturday, 9th of January. Today marked the official opening of Kartright Speedway, Singapore’s newest karting track that opened its doors to business in October last year.

The festive occasion began with activities in the morning cumulating with a 4 hour endurance race held in the late afternoon. At the stroke of 6pm, a total of eight teams took to the grid, and began proceedings to the 4 hour physical ordeal. Perhaps it was appropriate that in a vaguely familiar way, drivers in the barest of open-wheel motorsport racing could share a parallel to their esteemed colleagues of the F1 circuit in experiencing a race set through a period of dwindling sunlight into twilight and the bright glare of floodlights in the night.

When the dust had settled and all had been said and done, the podium finishers were:
(1st) Team Kartmaster II
(2nd) Team Drakar
(3rd) Team Arrow

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In KartingSingapore’s first email interview, we took the opportunity to communicate with 3 of our fellow drivers a day after their marathon event.

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JONATHAN TAY
TEAM DRAKAR

[KS] Its a day after a gruelling 4 hour 125cc endurance race held at Kartright track. How is your body feeling after the workout yesterday?
[JT] I don’t think that it is listening to me anymore. Really tired. We had a two months break from our last season race and after all the Christmas and New Year bashes, this is really a major challenge.

[KS] I saw over a hundred spectators and participants spread across the entire area for the event. Did you notice how many people were around and what were your thoughts just before the start?
[JT] Not really bothered. I like crowd. The more the merrier.

[KS] What was the strategy of the team going into this race? Did the team change strategy throughout the race?
[JT] We did a minor change during the race when one of our driver sprained his back. So three other drivers have to do most of the races and Opai is tasked with completing most of it. Well, we did burst the clutch of one of our kart and have to complete the last 40min on 1 kart.

[KS] During the course of the race, did you have any notable 1-on-1 battles with any driver in particular?
[JT] I caught up with Hafiz Koh at some point of the race. Our karts are pretty much sticking to each other for more than ten laps. I was pressurizing him like crazy and he defended really well.

[KS] Which other team were you all battling against for position through the course of the race? Was there any objective in mind before the race i.e. aiming for a podium position?
[JT] We were very confident with a podium placing as we really have a great mechanic team and our pro driver Opai has been in super form. We were setting our karts for the last two days and were really happy with their performance. We were aiming for first position but the other team is really strong too and with many young drivers.

[KS] What karts and engines did the team run? How did the engines compare to the KFs being run by the other teams?
[JT] We were using all CRG karts with rear brakes only and Rotax Max engine. Well, we do race mainly on the rotax engine. So far it is still doing well for us at kartright against the KFs.

[KS] After the middle and towards the end of the race, what was the state of the tires and engine?
[JT] Tires were still good but the engine is not taking it very well after 3 hours. I think that 4 hours is pretty much max for these engine.

[KS] How exhausting was the race? Did you encounter physical challenges as the race wore on?
[JT] Definitely. We were not as well prepared physically for this race. We are focusing mainly for the main Series in Singapore, AMC and RMC.

[KS] Did you enjoy the format of a day-into-twilight-into-night format? Were there any challenges as the sky darkened? Did the drivers wear clear visors throughout the race?
[JT] Clear visor should be a must. Day to night seems to work well. With our climate, it will be crazy for us and the engine to be on endurance in a hot afternoon.

[KS] Would you do another 4 hour marathon 125cc race again?
[JT] Certainly.

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DARREN OOI
TEAM ARROW

More than happy to oblige. i guess i speak on behalf of the team too. first n foremost we must thank our pit support guys lionel and ricky for doing such an excellent job of making sure that our karts stayed reliable, keeping our driver timings and of course valuable advice on how to prepare for the race. Of the 4 drivers that we have in our team team, 3 would be 1st timers in a race. not too bad for our 1st outing i must say. oki back to ur questions….

[KS] Its a day after a gruelling 4 hour 125cc endurance race held at Kartright track. How is your body feeling after the workout yesterday?
[DO] it was indeed a gruelling outing for us all with arms n neck a little sore the morning after.

[KS] I saw over a hundred spectators and participants spread across the entire area for the event. Did you notice how many people were around and what were your thoughts just before the start?
[DO] yes we did see a lot of ppl ard during the event , family , friends , curious spectators and of course some “fans” of certain drivers holding it up banners of ‘daddy’ their favorite driver.

[KS] What was the strategy of the team going into this race? Did the team change strategy throughout the race?
[DO] b4 the race, all drivers agreed to just go out there n have a agr8 time n gain some experience. take no unnecessary chances and just stay consistent. half way thru the race it was all abt having fun and keeping pace with the team in forth place making sure we maintain the gap between us as well making sure we last to the checkered flag.

[KS] What karts and engines did the team run? How did the engines compare to the KFs being run by the other teams?
[DO] we were running the arrows x1 chasis with rotax max engines. they were both very realiable and i must say an excellent drive. tires were only abt half worn at the end of the race. it was exhausting for the drivers but we agreed to pace ourselves n all agreed to save the best for last.

[KS] How exhausting was the race? Did you encounter physical challenges as the race wore on?
[DO] as usual, neck, arms n ribs took the usual beating.

[KS] Did you enjoy the format of a day-into-twilight-into-night format? Were there any challenges as the sky darkened? Did the drivers wear clear visors throughout the race?
[DO] tot the format was good as we did not have to worry too much abt the heat. n we all wore clear visors for the race.

[KS] Would you do another 4 hour marathon 125cc race again?
[DO] see u at the next race !!!!!!!

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ERIC HO
TEAM ARROW

[KS] Its a day after a gruelling 4 hour 125cc endurance race held at Kartright track. How is your body feeling after the workout yesterday?
[EH] Frankly, think my body is too old for this as it’s aching everywhere especially my neck. It was a workout indeed and I had the confirmation that I’m old when I saw the other faces at the podium being half my age.

[KS] I saw over a hundred spectators and participants spread across the entire area for the event. Did you notice how many people were around and what were your thoughts just before the start?
[EH] Yes, I think there were hundreds easily as spectators come and go and there were eight teams in total with mechanics and drivers already making up almost half a hundred. Didn’t have much to think about before the start of the race as I was so tired after coming back from China only the evening before and I wanted to have a short nap in my car which I didn’t manage to. At the start of the race, my concern was the drivers starting with me in the starting line up as I was the first driver in my team and knowing the characters of each of them starting with me was crucial to the start of the race if I wanted to have a clean start avoiding incidents yet maintaining a certain pace.

[KS] What was the strategy of the team going into this race? Did the team change strategy throughout the race?
[EH] The team strategy was to be on the conversative end of things as it’s a 4 hour event and we went for reliability and consistency over power. We chose the Rotax and used conservative jet settings as well, not going for speed but consistency and reliability were what we were sticking to from start to finish you can say. The truth is if you make a simple calculation, each driver would need to drive more than 30 laps at one go and if we are to push from start to finish, we could very well been too exhausted after just 15laps. Although we chose to be conservative for the race, we adjusted slightly during the course of the race when needed to when it comes to race management.

[KS] During the course of the race, did you have any notable 1-on-1 battles with any driver in particular?
[EH] I wouldnt really call it 1 on 1 battles but there were drivers which I wanted to over-take during the start of the race as during the second half of the race, things were pretty much more on managing the race when there’s a bigger gap between most teams. At the start of the race, there was a driver infront of me which I wanted to over take and it was not easy as he had good straight line speed. I kept pilling pressure on him and make him know of my existense right at his bumper for quite a few laps until he oversteered into turn 3 down the slope at the far end where I over-took him without risking too much contact as there were still 3 drivers who have yet to drive.

[KS] Which other team were you all battling against for position through the course of the race? Was there any objective in mind before the race i.e. aiming for a podium position?
[EH] From the start, it was hard to make a call as positions kept switching and it was too early to tell. It’s only about approaching the half way mark of the 4 hour race where we were clearer on who we were competing against. At that point, we kept switching between 2nd and 3rd positions depending on who’s going into the pit stops and we need to maintain our gap against one of the two Kartmaster team with Hafiz Koh running 4th (until they got DQ for weight issues at the end) chasing behind us. In short, we need to watch our backs as well as keep our pace to maintain the podium position. From the beginning, our objective was to finish the race and if podium finish was possible, we would push for it. Frankly, if you look at the years of experience and age of the other teams participating, we are not on the younger side of things and also 3 out of our 4 karters never participated in any karting competitions before this. It was their first for all 3 drivers and one of our karters only had 3 months karting experience although he was an experienced car park rally driver before. The team picked me to start the race as I was the only one with competition experience in karting. In short, we were the rookie team actually.

[KS] What karts and engines did the team run? How did the engines compare to the KFs being run by the other teams?
[EH] We were running on the Arrow karts and thus Team Arrow was the name of the team. Rotax was our choice although I have the TM KF2 engine with me being a choice, like I said we chose reliability over power for the endurance race. The KFs were fast but we ran at our own pace and managed along the way as it’s 4 hours, not 40mins.

[KS] After the middle and towards the end of the race, what was the state of the tires and engine?
[EH] I would say that the state of the harder compound tires used for the endurance race was pretty much alright (Surprisingly) and the engines were running fine too as we checked water level everytime we came back. The drivers were more worn out than the equipments if you have to make a comparison.

[KS] How exhausting was the race? Did you encounter physical challenges as the race wore on?
[EH] It was exhausting indeed despite the adrenalin pumping and on my last time out which I think it should be my fourth, I couldnt turn my head anymore after the 27th lap out as I was simply struggling to keep my head from swaying side to side. At that point, I knew I have no more energy to go out another round and fortunately it was less than 20 mins to go almost till the end. My lap times also dropped after 27th/28th laps out and couldnt maintain the same pace for the remaining 4-5 laps being 0.5/0.8 seconds off but I needed to hold on to avoid an additional driver change which would cost us more time. Although we had a gap with the team behind us, we wanted to be sure and not throw away the race at the crucial end as anything could happen in motor racing.

[KS] Did you enjoy the format of a day-into-twilight-into-night format? Were there any challenges as the sky darkened? Did the drivers wear clear visors throughout the race?
[EH] On normal practise days, we drove both during the day and in the night so there were no problems for us and it was not much of a challenge on the twilight format. Maybe I have very good eyesight so it was not an issue at all, we all had clear visors and my other team mates had a deflector at the top part of the visor for fear of glare from the lightings at night. However, I chose not to use that and just drove as it is.

[KS] Would you do another 4 hour marathon 125cc race again?
[EH] Well, I wouldn’t say I wouldn’t do another one again but running on 125cc engines for a 4 hours marathon race is really not easy as everyone’s lap times start to drop no matter how fast they could run on 10 laps. As far as I could recall on the timing board, all the fastest timings for all teams were clocked in the first half of the race and it’s really physically demanding. It’s not about who can go fast, it’s about who being able to last.

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CIK-FIA New Engine Homologations & 2009 Stats

DATE: December 23, 2009

Extracted from eKartingNews website ….


January 1, 2010 will mark the beginning of the validity of the new homologations of engines and accessories. In Karting, the homologation of equipment is renewed every three years by turns between chassis, tyres and engines. 2010 corresponds to a three-yearly engine homologation session. As a reminder, the CIK-FIA engine regulations had changed in 2007, with the introduction of 125cc KF engines instead of the 100cc used until then. KF engines have the distinctive feature of being water-cooled 2-stroke 125cc engines with reed box inlet, and fitted in particular with a balance shaft, an ignition with a rev limiter, a clutch and an electric starter.

Ten KF engine makes will be homologated for a 9-year period from January 1, 2010 and have passed the inspection carried out by the CIK-FIA Officials at their headquarters. The minimum production quantity, the means of production and the compliance of the companies concerned with the status of “Manufacturer” as defined in the Homologation Regulations have been checked. The CIK-FIA has subsequently introduced a new procedure for the homologation of these KF engines, adding to the traditional visit of the Manufacturers’ premises a session at the FIA administrative headquarters in Geneva for the complete dismounting of the new engines to be homologated. This operation was conducted to ensure the perfect compliance of the engines produced by the Manufacturers with the detailed identity form published within the framework of the homologation.

The ten makes newly homologated are: BMB, Comer, FIM, Parilla, Lenzokart, Maranello, Maxter, TM, VKR and Vortex.

This homologation session was also the opportunity for the Manufacturers of KZ engines, carburettors, ignitions and inlet silencers to renew their products. Eleven new KZ engines have been homologated, by the following makes: BMB, CRS, De Bei, Lenzokart (2 models), Maranello, Maxter, Parilla, SGM, TM and Vortex.

The makes of the new homologated ignitions are FIM, PVL and Vering; those of the new inlet silencers are Free Line, KG and Righetti Ridolfi. As for carburettors, the new homologated models are by the makes Bolex, HHC, IBEA, JHC and Tryton.

The homologations of engines (KF & KZ), carburettors, ignitions and inlet silencers carried out in 2007 remain valid until 2015.

The full list of the new homologations of engines, carburettors, ignitions and inlet silencers is available on the CIK-FIA Internet site.

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The following driver and manufacturer statistics were released for the 2009 championships.

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Young, Fast & Furious

DATE: December 13, 2009
Motorsports is attracting greater attention from government sectors via projects such as the Sports Hub and the Changi track site. The race is on for several private sector firms seeking first movers advantage in positioning themselves to leverage on these new developments. All this is good for the motorsport industry as a whole - as enthusiasts, retailers and sports organisations realise that they exist in a symbiotic relationship in which working together can lead to growth in the enthusiast community.

Today’s article is not just about the resurgence of karting as a hobby sport in Singapore. In fact, it has more in common with the Law of Averages - i.e. the belief that a rare occurrence will happen given enough time.Today’s article  is about the emergence of future champions of motorsport who start their racing career with a foundation in kart racing. Hindsight as they say is 20:20 and so whilst we do not claim to see the future, we can share insight to a few of our young individuals making waves in the local karting scene.

Jon Lee
Jon is the son of James Lee, a three time winner of the yearly Rotax Max Challenge series in Malaysia. Jon is presently racing the MicroMax category and in the recent RedWhite Sangari international invitational event at the Sepang track in Malaysia, he took a final placing of 3rd placing in the MicroMax category. SingaporeSingapore.sg had an article about Jon which can be read at the following link:


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Thaddeus Lee
Thaddeus races the Junior’s category and is one of the up & coming drivers in the local scene. In addition to being one of the fastest (and importantly, one of the most consistent) drivers whilst competing in the open category of local tracks, Thaddeus had the opportunity to compete with Formula One drivers Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari in taking turns to set the fastest lap times in a time trial held at the soft launch of the Kartright track. Whilst  Buemi and Alguersuari clocked times of 36.693s and 36.862s respectively, Thaddeus finished the fastest of the local drivers, clocking a time of 36.966s.

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Jack Mcgregor
Jack is Singapore’s first ever representative at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Egypt, which is presently being held this week. With the announcement that Singapore was allocated a Senior’s seat for the Grand Finals, Jack was awarded the seat which he earned as the highest finishing Singapore-registered driver of the Senior class at the 2009 Rotax Max Challenge Malaysia series.  You can read more about Jack via the link:


The latest update on Jack’s progress came on Friday with a forum broadcast at KartingAsia “Jack had a great drive in heat 3 to get 15th place and made the 2nd chance comfortably. Like the other 1st timers he’s had a lot of fun and learnt a lot.”

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F1 Stars Keep Themselves Busy

DATE: December 10, 2009
Its the end of the Formula One season but the drivers have been keeping busy.

Michael Schumacher, Nelson Piquet Jr, Sebastian Buemi took part in the Supernational’s event held at LasVegas - the national event is exceedingly participated by increasing numbers of Europeans who seek to compete against their American counterparts, with this year’s event being graced by several F1 stars.

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Then there was the International Challenge of the Stars, a charity event held yearly in Brazil. Schmacher, Barichello, Piquet, Liuzzi and even Felipe Massa (back from his eye injury) took part in this event with the results as follows:

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If you are wondering why F1 stars are seeking their thrills outside of their superpowered cars in karts, a postcast interview from ex-F1 driver, Anthony Davidson might interest you.

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Karting Singapore Rental Kart Series - Race 2

DATE: December 6, 2009
The second event in the 2009 Karting Singapore rental kart series saw 29 participants (one absence) take to the track on Saturday morning. The event was held at the Kartright track and was the second of three race events that were planned to mark the end of the race calendar in 2009 - with the final race to be held at Plentong Track in late December.

We were pleasantly surprised to begin immediately reaching capacity on the increased participant list as soon as the event registration was opened. Participant numbers had been increased from 20 (1st round) to 30 (2nd round). A double blessing was the absence of rain till the early afternoon - it has been a wet November and December and there was legitimate concern that rain could postpone or disrupt the proceedings.

And so, at 6.50am, on a Saturday morning when most of Singapore were still in their beds, enthusiastic souls made their way to the track for an endurance race. The race format scheduled was a Familiarisation & Qualifying session for all thereafter the grouping into teams and followed by a 45 minute endurance race.

On a still wet but drying track, Charles Teo headed Qualifying with a lap time of 49.358 secs.

Going to the race proper, teams spent the next 45 minutes scheduling their own pit stops, driver change-overs as part of their race strategy. Spins, tire punctures, pit lane time penalties and the tight track all played its part in team position changes taking place every few laps.

At the end of the day, the winning team of Amran Mohamed and Shaun Yee finshed the event a little over 10 seconds ahead of the 2nd team of  Charles Teo, Kiean Khoo and Solomon Anthony. The third place team was Aqilah Diyanah, Fuji Sartono and Lim Zijie.

The fastest lap of the day went to Amran Mohamed, who drove a 48.33 secs lap towards the end of the race to secure the Speed Demon award (which was tentatively in the grasp of Ruben Yap with 48.88 secs) and its respective medal, which goes to the driver with the fastest lap of the day.

The full race results (and points total) are as follows:

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* a 30 sec time penalty was awarded to the team of Amran and Shaun to represent additional pit time in lieu of the 3rd driver.
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KartingSingapore is grateful to budding karting enthusiat Lionel Ng,who captured a large number of  photos which can be viewed at http://kartingisfuninsingapore.blogspot.com/

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More photos captured at the race and the medal ceremony-cum-driver’s meeting by Julian Lee are as follows:

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Plentong Open Nov’09

DATE: November 9, 2009
16 drivers took part in the November segment of the Plentong Open Championships series in a mixture of Aixro, DD2, KF2, Iame and Rotax engines.

A 30 minute qualifying would be followed by 2 heats of 15 laps on track configuration C, comprising of Plentong’s longest straight followed by the tricky dog leg and slippery hairpin on the other extended track leg - for a total lap distance of 1.433km

Ang Kok Wee qualified pole in a time of 57.62 secs - 2 hundredth of a second faster than championship leader, James Lee. The pair were closely followed by Leo Lim (57.77) and Kelvin Choo (58.14).

The first Heat of 15 laps was held at 12.30pm in the sizzling heat of the Malaysian day. The weather held even though there was a fine sheet of drizzle on the track surface less than an hour earlier. Heat 1 was eventually won by Kelvin Choo, followed by Ang Kok Wee and James Lee.

Heat 2 was won by James Lee followed by Ang Kok Wee and Gary Koh.

The fastest lap of the day went to Ang Kok Wee who lapped a 57.54 secs on the 4th lap of Heat 1.

Excerpts of the final results are as follows:

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