Singapore, 4 July 2011 – After four gruelling hours of battling the sun, the heat and the other drivers on the track, Team i-Resource GOC KS 1 of i-Resource Group of Companies made no mistakes and emerged tops for Round 2 of the OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge 2011 with 305 laps. Starting from pole position, Team CTMC2! PDB Maddox Singapore Racing of Cheryl Tay Pte Ltd held the lead for most of the race, but lost first spot due to four-lap penalties, eventually finishing with 302 laps.
Rounding up the top four teams that will return for the Grand Finalin October are Team Propnex Powerhouse of P&N Holdings Pte Ltd and Team Unilever Formula None of Unilever Asia Pte Ltd in third and fourth respectively. Hosted by Kartright Speedway – Singapore’s premier and only karting facility – this is the second of three elimination rounds to determine the next four slots in the Grand Final.
“We’re extremely pleased with the result that our four drivers have achieved and we look forward to the Grand Final later this year. We attained this win with consistent driving and lots of preparation,” said Mark Lange, team captain of Team i-Resource GOC KS 1. His four drivers are regulars of the KartingSingapore.com community and are actively involved in grassroots karting in Singapore. The fastest time of the entire race was clocked by Yap Zhan Hao, an 18-year-old student, at 44.659 seconds on the 750-metre long track.
Looking good with pole position, Team CTMC2! PDB Maddox Singapore Racing had a strong start when they took the lead, but eventually had to settle for second place when two two-lap penalties incurred and an accidental pit drive-through was undertaken. “It wasn’t a perfect race and we made some mistakes that cost us the win. But what matters most is that the kart remained in good condition throughout and we made it to the Grand Final. We will be mindful to learn from our experiences and continue to constantly improve ourselves,” said Desmond Yip, team manager of Team CTMC2! PDB Maddox Singapore Racing.
“It was yet another successful round at the inaugural OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge. Senior management from OCBC Bank was here to compete and it is very encouraging to see companies from various industries gather at the track to compete. The next round will see the last four teams make it to the Grand Final and then we are in for a good show at the end of the year,” said Dato’ Jude Benny, director of Kartright (Pte) Ltd.
With a brand new fleet of karts to be used purely for the series, each team consists of six drivers (four main drivers and two reserves) and to rotate driving duties amongst its drivers over the course of the four-hour race. The winning team is the one that completes the most number of laps within the stipulated time period.
Opening its doors to the public on 1 October 2009, Kartright has established itself as Singapore’s premier karting destination in its first year of operations. Over 20,000 visitors have come to the track for the myriad of activities available, resulting in a never-ending hive of activity with exciting races, rental karts, kart storage, corporate events and now Singapore’s first corporate karting challenge.