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Karting Singapore Thunderkart Racing Series 2013 - Event #1

DATE: July 21, 2013

On reclaimed land in the vicinity of Changi is an area which hosts Singapore’s Aviation Airshow every 2 years.

In May this year, the area turned home to the Changi Karting Circuit; Singapore’s 2nd and newest karting track. At  just under 1.1km in length with over 12 turns, the track is a different beast from Singapore’s other track; Kartright Speedway and provides residents in Singapore an opportunity to race at more than a single circuit throughout the year.

With its last community race at Malacca in 2012, the Karting Singapore community returned to the race track on the 13 July 2013. Not everyone who wanted to be there could attend as the Karting Singapore community had to postpone the original event date of 22 June due to the worst haze to affect Singapore in the last 16 years.

Fortunately, clear skies prevailed on event day and at 5.00pm with darkness fast approaching, the event began proper. After registration, participants were sent to the briefing room to sit for the safety video and the track briefing. The format for the day for everyone was a 10 minutes practice followed by 12 laps of racing around CKC’s full length track configuration.

The 32 that showed up were a diverse group of participants from all walks of life - but all were united in the interest of racing. In summary there were about 20 competing in the Under 70kg class and 12 competing in the Over 70kg class. Whilst over half had previously attended previous Karting Singapore events, we had a sizeable number of new members joining the community as well. After all the admin had been done, the participants took to the track for the real business of the day. In the first practice session, Riku Alatalo, one of the top sim racing drivers in the world, took pole with a 1.00.356 followed by a regular polesitter, Ron Tay on 1.00.501 and local motorsports writer, Jonathan Lim on 1.00.655. The karts were reassembled on to the grid and the field of 32 drivers were split into 2 segments of 16 names based on their fastest qualifying time.

Finals 2 saw an upset victory when Calum Kozma the race winner in 12.34.831 mins was given a 20 second penalty by CKC’s supervising race officials for a race position of 7th. Having finished less than a second behind Calum Kozma, the Winner of Consolation Finals 2 award went to Low Fai Ming.

Finals 1 saw the fastest 16 drivers in qualifying take to the grid. With 16 karts on the grid, there were battles all through the field with karts running 3-4 karts abreast on the rear straights and into the sharp hairpin. Even with the tight field, 6 drivers produced fastest laps under 1.01 minutes (Riku Alatalo 1.00138, Ron Tay 1.00.174, David Lau 1.00.374, Jonathan Lim 1.00.539, Kevin Pang 1.00.736 & Shawn Hahnmann 1.00.781). The win for the day belonged to Ron Tay who finished the race in 12.17.203 mins with Riku Alatalo finishing only 9 hundreds of a second behind. 3rd and 4th were equally hard fought with David Lau finishing 3 hundreds of a second ahead of Jonathan Lim. Shawn Hahnemann, the first of the Over 70kg class, Kevin Pang and Jeffrey Sim were the next few finishers in queue for the battle of 3rd place.

The official results and medal awards for the day were:

Clubman (Under 70KG Class)

1st - Ron Tay
2nd - Riku Alatalo
3rd - David Lau
4th - Jonathan Lim
5th - Kevin Pang

Clubman (Over 70KG Class)

1st - Shawn Hahnmann
2nd - Pravin Laure
3rd - Andrew Loke
4th - Mark Lange
5th - Charles Theseira

Winner of Consolation Finals 2 - Low Fai Ming

Quotes from Winners:

Ron Tay, winner (Under 70kg)
3 Years ago, i joined Karting Singapore for my 1st race at Kartright. Time flies and this time round, I have the chance to once again take part in a Rental Kart Race with my karting friends at the new Changi Karting Circuit. I think to most of us, it was not just a race but it was also a good catch up session for most us. There were a few new guys who were very quick and fast around the track too making my win this time to be a closed one. I enjoyed myself very much and I’m definitely looking forward to the next event. Thank you Mark and guys at Karting Singapore for everything.

Shawn Hahnmann, winner (Over 70kg)
A beautiful sport that gives u an adrenaline rush like no other.. and the thunderkart event gives u that adrenaline.. It’s thrilling, exciting n most importantly fun !!! Great big thanks to Mark Lange for making such a beautiful sport enjoyable but also dirt cheap for all to enjoy. In summary, Karting Singapore’s community day out at CKC was great fun and the track management went out of their way to make the event an enjoyable one for everyone.

With prizes given out to the podium winners at the end of the event, Karting Singapore’s Mark Lange also handed out the long overdue 2012 championship series awards to the following drivers:

Thunderkart 2012 Series (Clubman Under 70KG Class)

1st - Ron Tay
2nd - Kevin Pang
3rd - David Lau

Thunderkart 2012 Series (Clubman Over 70KG Class)

1st - Hamizan Ali
2nd - Mark Lange
3rd - Charles Theseira

Quotes from Winners:

Ron Tay, Series winner (Under 70kg)
I’m happy and thrilled to have won the 2012 Driver Series. Having joined Karting Singapore 3 years ago from being a newbie to a ’semi-amateur’ with the guidance of the other experience Karters. :) This win is considered as a motivation for me to going in Karting. This season proves to be challenging as 2 out of 4 races were held over at Malacca Track instead of our usual familiar Kartright. With the end of this season race, I’m already looking forward to next year race season with opportunity to maybe race in even more tracks. Thank u to Mark and all Mods in Karting Singapore for all the events that you all have organized.

Hamizan Ali, Series winner (Over 70kg)
“It’s nice to finally achieve a good overall result after 4 years of being in KartingSingapore. It has been exciting to have been able to race with familiar and new faces alike. I’m happy to have been a part of every race this year, despite the ultra-short sprint races @ KartRight :P  That said, I have to admit that luck was on my side considerably more often this year compared to previous years. After all, it’s all rental karts so there’s always bound to be a time where each of us would occasionally draw a lemon kart. So getting a lemon kart less often this year definitely helped me in terms of championship points. I would like to thank Mark and the organising co for making KS events possible, managing the transport aspect (for overseas tracks) and of course, always trying to keep the costs down.”

Karting Singapore Thunderkart Racing Series 2012 - Race 3

DATE: September 9, 2012

Having been postponed from a month earlier, Race 3 of the 2012 series was held on the evening of 8 Sep 2012. Back it was then to Kartright Speedway in Singapore for more racing action.

Race 3 saw many new faces among the 30 drivers racing for position across 2 categories with the majority of drivers in the hotly contested Under 70kg Class. The action was fast and furious - moreso because the evening’s proceedings had to be completed within an hour of time. This meant that the 2 Heat events would require to be held to 6 laps each. With a mixed grid created based on the electronic equivalent of drawing lots, the Pre-Finals set the tone for the evening with intense racing as the fast drivers gridded towards the rear had to battle their way to the front within the short 6 lap window.

The Finals were made up of 3 separate sessions; dividing drivers based off their Total Time taken to complete the PreFinal of 6 laps. Drivers in both classes were mixed throughout the 3 sessions with the bulk of the Over 70KG Class in the 2nd split. Once again, racing action was intense - drivers learnt about their kart characteristics only upon entering the first corner - this made it extra exciting as the drivers who accustomed themselves to their kart faster, gained an advantage. The lead grouping finished their 6 laps between times of 4.49 - 5.05 mins, the middle grouping in 4.50 - 5.10 mins and the final grouping in 4.59 - 5.35. The fastest lap of the Finals went to Jonathan Lim who drove a 46.27

The podium winners in the 2 classes went to:

Over 70KG
1st - Charles Theseira
2nd - Hamizan Ali
3rd - Mark Lange

Under 70KG
1st - David Lau
2nd - Ricky Leong
3rd - Kevin Pang

Karting Singapore Thunderkart Racing Series 2012 - Race 2

DATE: May 27, 2012

The Karting Singapore community travelled to Malaysia for the second round of the Thunderkart Racing Series 2012.

This year’s series would account for the cummulative results of 4 races - the first one held in Kartright, the current Malacca event and followed by the last 2 races at Kartright and either Malacca or Plentong.

Hosted as a club outing at an overseas venue, over 30 participants made their way to the Malacca International Motorsports Circuit (MIMC) in the pre-dawn hours of 5 May 2012 to beat the Vesak Day Causeway crowd. Fortunately every driver made the starting time cut-off, even Ricky Leung, who missed the bus pick-up in Singapore but managed to grab a taxi to the Malacca track albeit a costly taxi fare.

The one-off format arranged for the day’s proceedings was 7 laps of Practice-cum-Qualifying, 9 laps of a Heat Race and 11 laps of a reverse grid Heat Race. With great weather for the day and lots of racing for everyone, it had to be said that everyone enjoyed themselves enormously on a track that was significantly fun to drive. Hats off to the new management that took over the circuit sometime ago - they were extremely helpful with our requests and even allocated 2 spare karts, both were ultimately used due to breakdowns and crashes of other karts.

The only difficult choices to coming back was the journey time - about 3-4 hours each way by coach. And so, those on the bus reached Marsiling station after 9.00pm - that said, in all, it was a great experience and we are likely to count Malacca track as one of the circuits to include in our future events.

The podium winners in the 2 classes went to:

Over 70KG
1st - Andre Tan
2nd - Hamizan Ali
3rd - Chris Wong

Under 70KG
1st - Daniel Ting
2nd - Ron Tay
3rd - Ricky Leong

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

DATE: October 24, 2011

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

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