Finally, after four rounds of washout, the RaceWorks Elite Racing Series got to run an entire day of uninterrupted racing in sunny weather. Compared to previous rounds, the atmosphere felt a lot different as competitors furiously worked on their cars between the races, with some trying to resolve issues with their cars.
There were only nine drivers for the Elite Racing Series this round, as Wee EC of Team Xray Singapore had work commitments and a replacement was not found. With a new track layout and two months since the last round, drivers had their work cut out for them.
A friend of mine brought this 2007 article on BBC to my attention, about Thai police in Bangkok using Hello Kitty to punish their officers who break the rules.
Basically, the punishment is to wear this bright and eye-catching pink Hello Kitty armband, complete with hearts!
Simple offences like being late, parking in the wrong place and other minor transgressions will result in officers having to wear the Hello Kitty armband for several days, as a way to shame them.
They are also not to disclose the offences that they have committed, to keep the others guessing.
Further offences would then be dealt with a more traditional disciplinary panel.
Thankfully, the haze has been cleared and the RaceWorks Elite Racing Series can resume its fifth round at Bottle Tree Park this Sunday. This week, we focus the spotlight on Team Xray Singapore, the closest competitor to championship leader Team Tamiya SG.
Team Xray Singapore’s drivers James Tang (affectionately referred to as PY Tang), 39-year-old real estate salesperson, and Wee Yi Xi (Wee EC), 28-year-old financial analyst, are doing well in the series – PY is currently second in the drivers’ standings, just 1.75 points away from leader Alvin Koh. EC is lying in fifth place. They had an unfortunate time in Round 3 when they faced problems with the car and couldn’t make it to the start line, costing them valuable points championship points.
With just three more rounds to go, Team Xray Singapore will keep on fighting.
In the lead-up to the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix 2013, race promoter Singapore GP has a slew of activities as part of the ‘Rev Up Singapore!’ campaign to share the Formula 1 spirit throughout our sunny (recently a bit hazy) island.
One of the initiatives is the Singapore GP School Visit programme – it was introduced last year and after receiving good response, they are expanding it this year.
Singapore GP will be bringing Formula 1 to 15 secondary schools. There will be simulators, interactive game stations and an educational talk… presented by me!
Yes, I’m really excited to be the one giving the talks!
Last year I had the opportunity to give talks for F1 in Schools events and I’m always happy to promote motorsports to youths.
I gave the first one at Ngee Ann Secondary School on Tuesday morning, in front of about 1,600 students and they took some time to warm up (it was 8am in the morning on the second day back at school after the month-long June holidays) but they were really interactive during the Q&A session.. to the point where we had to cut the session
Four students will be getting the chance to go for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Formula 1 paddock two weeks before the Grand Prix and I got to pick one (basically the one whom I think asked the best question). He asked a question about Ayrton Senna and how he would fare against today’s drivers if he was still around. This student obviously knows his stuff!
Anyway, here are the list of schools I will be giving talks to:
1) Ngee Ann Secondary
2) Woodlands Secondary
3) Coral Secondary
4) Ping Yi Secondary
5) CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh)
6) Boon Lay Secondary
7) North View Secondary
8) Outram Secondary
9) Yuhua Secondary
10) Dunman Secondary
11) Pei Hwa Secondary
12) Montfort Secondary
13) Crescent Girls’ Secondary
14) Northbrooks Secondary
15) Bedok Town Secondary
Is your school on the list? If it isn’t, don’t be disheartened! There’s always next year ))
Meanwhile, I was really happy to speak with the student journalists of Ngee Ann Secondary after the talk. They prepared the questions and recorded down the interview – so pro!
It was a special weekend for one of my best girlfriends Silver Ang, as she made her theatrical debut with local play ‘Fourlies’.
Presented by Avant Theatre, ‘Fourlies’ revolves around the author Natasha (played by Silver) and how she faces key issues like historical revisionism, creative freedom and character autonomy in a literary work.