A broken right collarbone took Singapore kart-racer Andrew Tang out of the race – and for the rest of the season – in an on-track incident during the heats at last month’s Philippines leg of the Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC).
Despite failing to make it to the grid of the pre-final and final at that round, and being unable to race in the fifth and final round in Macau last weekend, Tang still managed to finish overall champion in the Formula 125 Senior Open category.
Said the 17-year-old, who still made the trip to Macau to support his friends as well as collect his trophy: “I feel quite lucky as I wasn’t expecting to win the championship, not after missing two rounds.
“My broken right collarbone means about three months on the bench for me, but I can’t wait to get back into a kart soon enough.”
Other than the AKOC, Tang races extensively in Europe at the World Series Karting (WSK) Euro and Master Series.
There were 10 drivers representing Singapore across the various categories at the final round of the AKOC at Kartodromo de Coloane in Macau last weekend.
Mohammad Nasri Naufal started in pole position for the final of the Formula 125 Senior Open, but lost his lead and had to be contented with second place in Macau.
He said: “I just turned 23 years old on Dec 8, and wanted to give myself a birthday gift by winning this race. I almost won it and it was a very close race, but I was facing a tyre disadvantage – due to some miscommunication I ran the race on used tyres while everyone else was on new tyres.
“I first raced in Macau in 2006, also in the AKOC, and I won that race. Last year, I raced in Round Five of the AKOC in Macau too, coming in fourth. This weekend, I had a feeling of winning and I was aiming to, but that’s racing.”
Another Singaporean that collected a prize that weekend is Daim Hishammudin, in the Formula 125 Junior Open category, in which he came in third.
*This was first published in My Paper.