Young, Fast & Furious

POSTED ON: 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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