As seen in the three elimination rounds, the first step to winning an endurance race, or any race for that matter, is to make sure you do not incur any penalties.
Bearing this in mind, the 12 teams who qualified for the Grand Final of the inaugural OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge 2011 put in their best efforts to keep their runs clean.
Eventually it was the teams i-Resource KS Rage Bull Racing and i-Resource KS Farrari Racing who crossed the finish line first and second respectively with no penalties over the course of the four-hour kart endurance race.
Winning from pole to flag, i-Resource KS Rage Bull Racing maintained their composure well and proved that speed is not enough to win in an endurance race – strategy as well as consistency are just as important.
Ms. Ivy Chee, managing director and founder of i-Resource Group of Companies, the main sponsor of both teams said, “The teams came from nowhere to somewhere. They worked and trained very hard over the last few months. Regardless of whether they won or not, they were all already champions in my heart. The OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge brought the drivers of local karting community KartingSingapore.com and i-Resource Group of Companies together, building new and strong friendships that are priceless.”
Rounding off the podium was Aston Martin Singapore Drakar Racing who nearly missed the last step of the podium, finishing just 2.604 seconds ahead of CTMC2! PDB Maddox Singapore Racing.
“It was a close fight and the team nearly came in fourth. We were hoping for a win but the team unfortunately incurred a two-lap deduction for crossing the blend line. The team dropped down the order and was running sixth at some point of the race. In the last hour they did a remarkable job to fight back for position,” said Mr. Derek McCully, managing director of Aston Martin Singapore.
Aston Martin Singapore Drakar Racing qualified in second place, just 0.003 seconds off pole-sitter i-Resource KS Rage Bull Racing.
A total of 30 teams competed across the three elimination rounds of the OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge that kicked off in May with the first round. The top four teams from each round then earned a spot in the Grand Final that was held last Saturday.
Companies such as title sponsor OCBC Bank, Singapore Exchange, Borneo Motors (authorised distributor for Japanese car brands Lexus and Toyota), Aston Martin Singapore, Stamford Tyres International, PropNex, Unilever Asia and JTC Corporation are just some of the names who participated in this series.
The rise of go-karting as a corporate event for staff, customers or clients led to the creation of the OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge – the first of its kind in Singapore – which allowed working professionals who genuinely enjoy the sport to include some competitive racing into their busy schedules at reasonable costs without having to invest in the professional level.
The karts used for the Challenge are brand new and of the same type that recreational karters can rent upon walk-in.