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No matter how packed his schedule is, karting champion Jon Lee always has time to enjoy a good breakfast every day
By Cheryl Tay
High speeds and G-forces are not what a typical 12-year-old encounters, but this passion for racing has helped Jon Lee achieve outstanding results both on the track and in the classroom.
Influenced by his father who is a karting champion himself, Jon took up go-karting at the age of seven and his first race was the 2009 PLUS Rotax Max Challenge (Micromax category) in Malaysia.
Since then, Jon has never looked back and he went on to participate in the MicroMax category of the Red White Sangari Invitational Kart Prix in Malaysia again the same year. He was the third of 33 competitors from all over the world to cross the finishing line.
The Primary 6 Ngee Ann Primary student won the Cadet (under-12) category at the inaugural Singapore Karting Championship (SKC) last year. He finished either first or second in all five rounds of the SKC, clearly dominating the entire season, with no one coming in close enough to challenge him for the title.
2010 had been a very hectic year for Jon as it marked the most number of races – 11 in all – that he had completed in a year.
This year, he is out to prove his mettle at SKC again and currently tops the leaderboard for the Cadet category.
While managing a hectic racing schedule locally and overseas, Jon handles his studies equally well and received the Edusave Scholarship last year for his excellent academic results.
He is also one of the top five students in school as he prepares for his Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) this year.
What Jon banks on to give him a good start to each day is a nutritious breakfast and he trusts his mother Jennifer Han to ensure that.
“I always make sure that Jon gets ample time to have his breakfast at home before he sets off for his activities,” she says. “And that means he should wake up 20 minutes before leaving the house, whether it is to go to school on weekdays, karting practice on Saturdays or for tuition on Sundays.”
Jon adds: “I enjoy a bowl of Nestle cereal with milk the most and I look forward to having Koko Krunch! When I have karting training, my mummy makes sure that I arrive at the track at least half an hour earlier so I can have a proper meal too.
“Sometimes I only get home at 10pm because of tuition classes on weekdays which have to be postponed due to races on weekends. Knowing that I’m exhausted, she always has my favourite Nestle Koko Krunch on hand for me or she will make Japanese jelly!”
*This was first published in The Straits Times.