Archive for October, 2011

OCBC Corporate 2011 Challenge (Finals)

DATE: October 24, 2011

Leading up to the OCBC Corporate 2011 Challenge Finals, over 30 teams took part in 3 preliminary rounds to compete for 4 places per round, which would secure them a place in the Finals, held on 15 October 2011.

Karting Singapore members, forming two teams of drivers and sponsored by job consultancy firm, I-Resource, secured their entry into the Finals with one team winning their grouping and the other team finishing 4th in their preliminary round.

With the determined efforts of the drivers, the ice-cool decision making of the race engineers and the support of their fellow community members, team managers, volunteers, sponsors and supporters both teams secured the maximum result of taking both the 1st and 2nd positions at the four-hour mark of the race. They did so in style - completing 311 laps and 309 laps respectively, beating the highest total laps record set in the prelim rounds of the competition and securing pole in qualifying. Rounding off the podium was Aston Martin Singapore Drakar Racing, which finished ahead of CTMC2! PDB Maddox Racing. Both the later-mentioned teams were worthy opponents but encountered issues during the race that affected their overall finishing.

Taking the win and the runner-up position meant a lot for the Karting Singapore community - the OCBC event proved that the community in Karting Singapore were a force to be reckoned with. The result was a symbolic affirmation that in rental kart racing at Kartright track - the community had some of the fastest drivers around - no easy feat having beaten teams made up of drivers with established race kart and saloon car racing expertise.

The momentous occasion is perhaps, better captured in a series of photos that can be found in the album

The following are some photos from the album.

Karting Singapore Thunderkart Racing Series 2011 (Race 3 & Season Results)


And so all good things must come to an end.

Karting Singapore held its last race for the 2011 Thunderkart Series on the evening of 1 October 2011. This was the 3rd and final leg of the series, a somewhat shortened season in view of the many other racing events dotting the 2011 calendar.

Once again, the response proved overwhelming and when the automated registration system opened registration, all 30 spots were subscribed under 2 hours.

Race 3 was gifted with good weather and fortunately for all, the track stayed dry for the duration of the event. Format remained generally the same - everyone having a practice-cum-qualifying session followed by a short 10 minute race. It was definitely a pleasure to see many new faces mixed in with the older members for the event. In the races, experience still proved the deciding factor with Jonathan Lim taking the race win for the Under 70kg class, followed by David Lau and Ron Tay. The consolation race in the Under 70kg, was won by Cheng You Zhi. In the Over 70kg class, Hamizan Ali finally took his first race win in Karting Singapore - he was closely followed by Charles Theseira and Jason Lou completing the podium.

With all 3 races completed, the points table was recalculated and Tresca Wee was declared the 2011 Thunderkart series champion for the Under 70kg class and Bong Andres was declared the 2011 Thunderkart series champion for the Over 70kg class. Tresca finished 12 points away from his nearest rival Jonathan Lim who had won 2 out of the 3 races. Bong finished 7 points ahead of Charles Theseira who was one of the 3 race winners of the season in his class.

Race 3 Winner (Over 70kg) - Hamizan Ali

Race 3 Winner (Under 70kg) - Jonathan Lim

2011 Thunderkart Series Champion (Over 70kg) - Bong Andres

2011 Thunderkart Series Champion (Under 70kg) - Tresca Wee

Race 3 Results

2011 Thunderkart Series Points Table