Archive for May, 2011

Karting Singapore Thunderkart Racing Series 2011 - Race 1

DATE: May 23, 2011

Its a new racing year for everyone including the grassroot community.

Karting Singapore launched their 1st race of the year at Kartright Speedway as a night race on the evening of 21 May 2011.

In usual fashion, it was great to see that people still enjoyed value-for-money racing at $70/head and all 30 participant slots were snapped up just days after the registration list was opened via the Karting Singapore forum.

Several changes were implemented this year following feedback over the 2010 races. These were:

# classification of Karting Singapore grassroot rental kart racing as the “Thunderkart Racing” series.

# the creation of 2 classes for the “Over 70KG Clubman” and the “Under 70KG Clubman” in order to reduce the effects of weight on racing performance.

# rolling laps would be mandatory for all races. this is aimed to move all participants to a higher awareness of race starts at karting’s higher classes

# zero-tolerance for contact - penalties would be dealt out to participants for reckless or over-enthusiastic racing deemed to potentially lead to collisions or accidents
# adopting Kartright’s blend-line ruling - penalising anyone crossing the blend line at the Pit exit as per the rules introduced by SMSA for sanctioned events held at Kartright

Fortunately, with clear skies and a relatively dry track with isolated spots of puddles, racing commenced. The results of which are as follows:

Clubman Over 70KG class
1st - Charles Theseira
2nd - Bong Andres
3rd - Jason Lou

Clubman Under 70KG class
1st - Jonathan Lim
2nd - Tresca Wee
3rd - Jeffrey Sim

Consolation Awards
Race Winner of 2nd Finals for Under 70KG - Lim Zijie
Fastest Lap of Event - Jonathan Lim

Singapore Nationals 2011 - Race 2

DATE: May 22, 2011

For Round 2 of the AutoInc Singapore Karting Championship, there were interesting changes in the racing dynamics due to the rain that poured down on the racetrack on both the Saturday and Sunday mornings. Round 2 took place on the 14 and 15 May weekend where the rain and cooler track conditions benefited drivers better at navigating in the wet. The final results of Round 2 saw new faces on the podium for the Cadet and Senior Class, and new faces in top place for all classes.

Sanctioned by the Singapore Motor Sports Association (SMSA), officiated by Singapore GP, and supported by the Singapore Sports Council, AutoInc Singapore Karting Championship 2011 has been deemed by drivers and motorsports fans as a fantastic competition to engage more Singaporeans to take interest in kart racing and promote motorsports from the grassroot level.

Despite the heavy downpour, the competition days saw large turnouts where the viewing galleries were packed with family members, supporters and fans rooting for their favourite drivers and teams. The weather certainly did not dampen the atmosphere of the race ground.

Instead, the race got Kartright Speedway heated up as the 43 drivers from 5 different racing classes (Cadet, Junior, Senior, Senior Master and Senior Veteran) took their “unfinished business” from Round 1 on to the 750-metre-long technically challenging circuit with 8 technical turns in Jurong.

The atmosphere was livened with commentary by professional motorsports and karting personalities: Benjamin Potter, a popular GP Commentator and Leonard Kong, an ex-employee of Kartright Speedway who is well versed with the track and drivers.

Williams Racing Javier Chng continued to pose a threat to reigning champion Jon Lee of GP racing. Despite losing to Jon Lee in the first round of AutoInc Singapore Karting Championship 2011, Chng had gained an upper hand in the Cadet Class race. Chng played the condition of the racetrack to his advantage and topped the podium, sending Jon Lee into second placing. This race proved to be crucial for Chng in retaining his title hopes. In addition to winning the weekend championship title, Chng was also awarded the Best Presented driver award for Round 2.

Jon was unable to retain his pole position and his younger brother, Josh, lost his third podium placing to Lucas Maistre, a French National. Despite these disappointments, the Lee brothers are expected to make a fierce comeback in Round 3 in July.

In the Junior Class, the racers on the podium remained the same as Round 1, albeit a shuffle. Amin Noorzilan, who won first place in Round 1 dropped to third place where Gabriella Teo managed to get ahead of him during the races to take top position on the podium with Yeo Hong Yang fighting his way into second place, only inches ahead of Noorzilan.

Defeating the title holder of Senior Class Round 1 race, Saravanan Rajakumar, was fifteen-year-old Thaddeus Lee. His victory against Rajakumar had confirmed his credentials as one of Singapore’s most promising go-kart drivers, with him coming out tops in the Senior Class despite a toe injury. Mohammed Nasri Naufal was second in the Senior Class, and managed to clock the “Fastest Lap” for the weekend with the impressive time of 33.552s, beating Thaddeus Lee by a mere 0.044s.

Yap Kheng Weng, Benjamin Goh and Eric Ho had amazing track action as they battled for the top podium positions for Senior Master Class. Yap had a solid performance, climbing from second place in Round 1 to clinch the champion title for Round 2, with Goh and defending champion Ho clinching the first runner-up and second runner-up positions respectively.

In the Senior Veteran Class, it was a race between the BMS Racing Team’s Anthony Seow and YZF’s Kenny Yip. Having gained more understanding and exposure of his opponent’s race strategy in Round 1, Seow’s hard work paid off when he beat Kenny Yip to clinch the first place in the Senior Veteran Class.

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 class for each round, as well as cash prizes for the AutoInc SKC 2011 overall champions.

The championship will be broadcasted 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. The organisers, McElrea Racing believes strongly in media distribution to promote the SKC and has also generated strong presence in the social and networking sites, YouTube and Facebook.

Round 3 of AutoInc Singapore Karting Championship 2011 will be held on Saturday, July 23th and Sunday, July 24th.

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.