FIVE LADIES NEEDED: CTMC2! RACING TEAM RECRUITS ITS MEMBERS
Singapore, 26 April 2011 – Ladies in Singapore who are keen to take motorsports to another level above recreational now have the opportunity to do so with CTMC2! Racing – a racing initiative by prominent motorsports personality Cheryl Tay and MindCHIC Club! (MC²!), a sports and hobby community platform. Financially supported by MC²! and managed by Cheryl Tay, two teams will be sponsored under the umbrella of CTMC2! Racing – CTMC2! Racing Stars, an all-male team and CTMC2! Racing Angels, an all-female team. Both teams will be racing in the inaugural OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge 2011, a four-hour kart endurance race series to be held at Kartright Speedway.
Featuring familiar names in the karting scene, the drivers of CTMC2! Racing Stars have already been determined. With only one seat taken in CTMC2! Racing Angels by Cheryl Tay, the remaining five seats will be determined through an audition at Kartright Speedway on 28 April 2011, Thursday at 7.00 pm. The audition is only open to previous attendees of Ladies’ Night @Kartright, a female-only karting class created and hosted by Cheryl Tay.
Interested candidates will be interviewed before getting on track for practice, qualifying and a race for the top 10 fastest timings – a similar format of Ladies’ Night that they are already familiar with. Selection will not be based only on driving skills and speed, but also on attitude, ability to commit and knowledge of motorsports, among a comprehensive set of criteria. The five-person judging panel will consist of Cheryl Tay, Richard Chai, Business Development Director for MC²! as well as Singaporean international racing driver Gerald Tan who has been coaching at Ladies’ Night @Kartright.
“We have held four Ladies’ Night @Kartright sessions since February and lots of great talent have been spotted. The objective of Ladies’ Night @Kartright is to provide a female-friendly platform for women to help get them started in motorsports, at the most fundamental of it all, at go-karting,” said Cheryl Tay.
“Now we are offering the chance to go beyond this leisure level, to give them a chance to get out of their comfort zone and into the male-dominated field, to race alongside these aggressive men. This overall all-female initiative is to encourage more women to embrace the testosterone-heavy sport and is targeted at women with drive to step up and blaze the track with their enthusiasm, rather than just watch from the sidelines,” she added.
“While helping Cheryl in her quest to help more ladies develop their interest in motorsports, we hope to see women regularly winning local and foreign races within the next three years. CTMC2! Racing is the first of many beginnings and hopefully it will motivate more people, not just women, to take a deeper interest in motorsports,” said Richard Chai.
Ladies’ Night @Kartright will continue to be held every month at Kartright Speedway, as a platform for new friendships of like-minded passion and a regular dosage of racing fun. Studies have shown that, among other reasons, many people eventually give up on a sport or hobby because of the lack of a support group to discuss tips, share experiences and organise friendly competitions. Hence, Ladies’ Night @Kartright hopes to achieve a closely-bonded community of friendships on and off track, one which appreciates and understands motorsports.
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About MIndCHIC Club! (www.mindchicclub.com)
MindChicClub.com (MC²!) is a niche portal that specialises in introducing and facilitating Sports, Games and Hobbies to working adults to help them achieve a well-balanced career and life. Sports, Games and Hobby experts are provided with a social community platform and business services that result in enhanced profitability and high customer satisfaction.
About Cheryl Tay Pte Ltd (www.cheryl-tay.com)
Cheryl Tay Pte Ltd is a company that specialises in consultant services, public relations and editorial services, with a focus on motorsports but not exclusive to motorsports. Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger, with regular contributions to prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally, having interviewed several Formula 1 drivers and other key motorsports personalities. With hopes to reach out to a greater motoring audience, Cheryl is currently planning to rope more ladies into the drivers’ seat with initiatives such as Ladies’ Night @Kartright, a female-only karting course, and an all-female team for the OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge 2011.