Archive for August, 2010

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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