Karting Lessons Women
Females may not be as physically strong as our male counterparts, hence facing a bit of a disadvantage when competing against them in the same sport such as kart racing.
However, Carrie Choy feels that this can be overcome with “extra effort to work out in the gym with weight training and cardio exercises to narrow the physical differences”.
One of the few competitive female karters in Singapore, the 36-year-old banker races actively against the males and is the only female on locally-owned Veritas Racing Team.
Last year, she raced in the Singapore Karting Championship, KF1 Karting Challenge and iFast Corporate Karting Challenge.
“I think racing is pretty much an even playing field. There is a general misconception that women are bad drivers. However, since I’ve started karting, I have to say all the guys have been very friendly, helpful and keen to share training tips with me,” says Choy who has invested about $50,000 in her kart racing quest thus far.
Fortunately for her, she has had help from sponsors such as Stinis and Quientessentially Lifestyle.
Choy has been hooked on racing since she was a kid, often playing car racing games on her Playstation.
The former national judoka enjoys the constant quest to improve her technique and timings, and has a compelling drive to compete.
Her love for performance is evident in her choice of cars too – Choy currently drives a Porsche 911 Turbo.
She has attended driving courses such as the BMW Advanced Driver Training at Pasir Gudang, Malaysia and Levels 1 to 5 of the Porsche Sport Driving School at Mount Cotton, Australia where she received professional training in a GT3 car on the track.
The Schumacher fan is always eager to help ladies who are interested in taking up karting as a hobby or to start racing.
Early this year, she formed an all-girl team – the Quintessentially Race Team – for the four-hour Singapore Karting Enduro.
This Saturday evening, she will be coaching Ladies’ Night @Kartright, a karting course catered for women only, complete with both theory and practical sessions.
“It would definitely be nice to see more ladies break into the kart racing scene. I believe that there are quite a number of females of various ages who are interested in trying out karting, but may not know how to go about trying it. They will benefit more from being coached before jumping into the karts, which makes their track session more fruitful. Hopefully with the sharing of my experience, they’d be keen to become regular karters and ultimately race too,” Choy adds.
Response for Karting Lessons for Women, Ladies’ Night @Kartright has been healthy, with women of different ages signing up, as well as men signing up for their partners.
Rick Brown, 41, registered for his wife Penny when he heard of this course. He says, “I often watch motorsports such as Formula 1, MotoGP and V8 supercar races on TV with my wife Penny and my kids Edie and Ethan. I signed Penny up for this ladies-only karting course to give her a chance to experience what it’s like to be in a kart as she has never done anything like that before. It’s also a good chance for the kids to cheer on their mum! A fun family evening is my only expectation.”
Shereen Leung, 21, has no karting experience but found this a pretty good deal compared to the original karting rates, hence she signed up for it.
The marketing executive works for EduTorque, a company which provides motorsports education to MOE schools.
More information on Karting Lessons Women, Ladies’ Night @Kartright can be found at www.cheryl-tay.com/category/events.