Singapore Nationals 2011 - Race 2

POSTED ON: 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.

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