The chequered flag was taken by all 12 teams who competed in the Grand Final of the OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge and the i-Resource teams’ consistency saw them take a 1-2 finish. Aston Martin Singapore Drakar Racing barely made it into third place with CTMC2! PDB Maddox Singapore Racing right on their heels.
But that’s not the end of the awards.
While I was processing my photos from the race yesterday, I thought of creating my own list of subsidiary awards! Enjoy:)
Note: This is purely in the name of humour so please do not take any offence.
Fastest Time of the Day (FTD) –
Jon Wu (CTMC2! PDB Maddox Singapore Racing)
Jon clocked the fastest time of 44.064 seconds – this is not only the fastest time of the Grand Final, but also the fastest for the entire OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge 2011 (ie.including its three earlier elimination rounds).
Most Presentable Team
- Bar Bar Black Sheep Racing
It doesn’t matter where they finish in the race, as long as they get the most attention off the track, in nothing less than style. Bringing in three race queens during their elimination round in August, Bar Bar Black Sheep Racing doubled the hot factor by bringing in SIX race queens this time.
Best Helmet Design
- Lawrence Lee (CTMC2! PDB Maddox Singapore Racing)
He had a mission to be the fastest man on the track – and also to do that in his best dressed effort. Although he failed to clock the fastest time, his S$5,000 Stand21 full carbon helmet and its spanking ‘bling’ chrome design couldn’t get more noticed along with his fully customised Stand21 suit and shoes.
- Desmond Yip (CTMC2! PDB Maddox Singapore Racing)
When rival driver Chew Hock Ngee of i-Resource KS Rage Bull Racing returned from his stint with a cramp in his leg, Desmond kindly used his Salonpas on Hock Ngee, even helping him to take off the racing suit. My apologies if this photo looks a little ‘wrong’.
Most LOL (Laugh Out Loud) Driving Expression
- Eye2Eye Burners
The team from IT company Eye2Eye Communications Pte Ltd has some really cute drivers who drive with their tongues out. Thumbs up for comic relief on track!
Most Candid Driver
- Jansen Tan (Team Stamford Tyres)
Each time he drove past me, Jansen would either wave or do a thumbs-up. Initially I thought he was signalling to his team-mate; then I realised there wasn’t anyone standing next to me and the pit is kinda far away. Every time I’m standing at that spot taking photos and he is driving, he was sure to ‘pose’ for the camera. Every single lap – unless he was busy fighting for position.
Most Creative Team Name
- Unilever Formula None, i-Resource KS Farrari Racing, i-Resource KS Rage Bull Racing
This was a tough fight and instead of choosing one I decided to just make it a three-way win. Formula ‘None‘, ‘Farrari‘ Racing and ‘Rage‘ Bull Racing – Innovation beyond speech.
- Ron Tay (i-Resource KS Farrari Racing) and Ng Sier Han (Bar Bar Black Sheep Racing)
I’m afraid this award only applied to those who DID NOT have tinted visors as I could not see their expressions. There were quite a lot of ‘stressed’ looking drivers and the best frown was a two-way tie between Ron and Sier Han. Check out the knitted eyebrows man! That’s called FOCUS.
Most Pitiful Look
- Propnex Powerhouse
Unfortunately I do not know the name of this driver from Propnex Powerhouse but his really sad face caught my attention. Cheer up buddy! It’s just a race;)
Coolest Acknowledgement Sign
- Peng Malakul (Bar Bar Black Sheep Racing)
Team-mates flash all sorts of signboards and cards to ‘signal’ for their drivers on track to come into the pits. To show that they have seen the board, some nod their heads, some wave or give a thumbs up. Peng gives the coolest three-fingered hand sign…
Most Relaxed Driver
- Eugene (Aston Martin Singapore Drakar Racing)
This shot was taken after qualifying, while waiting for the race to start. Eugene carried this relaxed attitude throughout the entire race – there was an occasion where he was driving by the pit lane exit and Lawrence Lee of CTMC2! PDB Maddox Singapore Racing was just exiting. Lawrence had an agenda to go all out and fight for position but Eugene waved at him and said hi (they are friends). After the race, Eugene said to Lawrence, “I said hi to you and wanted to talk to you, why didn’t you talk to me?” Lawrence’s reply: “I didn’t have time to talk to you lah! I had to go and fight!”
Most Classic Moment of the Race
- Felix Lim (Team Stamford Tyres)
Desmond Yip of CTMC2! PDB Maddox Singapore Racing and Felix bumped asses when Desmond made an overtaking move on Felix. Desmond raised his hand in apology and everything was quickly forgotten with no hard feelings. However, CTMC2! PDB Maddox Singapore Racing paid dearly for this incident later in the race – After this little brush, Desmond’s engine died and he rolled into the pit lane. After the marshals restarted the kart for him, he decided to go in and do a driver change. As a result of his unplanned shortened stint, the team had to make a last driver change in the last 10 minutes of the race – dropping them from 2nd to eventually finish 4th.
- Gerald Tan (CTMC2! PDB Maddox Singapore Racing)
Check out the curves in his tight tight spandex! :p
- i-Resource KS Farrari Racing
When your team-mate makes a mistake, just point. When you’re not sure what’s happening, just point.
Sorry I couldn’t come up with enough awards to make everyone a winner. But hey for making it to the Grand Final you are already a winner – pat on the back!
I wish I was racing too but don’t get me started…