Local Racing Drivers’ Wishes for the New Year

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay Blog | Blog Post of Cheryl Tay

As we welcome the New Year, racing drivers, teams and race series owners are putting together their calendars for the season. Speaking to some of our local racers about their plans and wishes for 2012, I realised the two hopes most wanted from the local motorsports fraternity are:

 

1. Give us our track

SG Changi, the consortium that was awarded the rights to build and operate Changi Motorsports Hub – what was supposed to be Singapore’s permanent racing track – did not have an ideal Christmas when the contract was unfortunately terminated. The decision to put out the land for a re-tender to keep the racing track is not determined at the moment. Fingers crossed!

 

2. More sponsors please

Motorsports is not cheap and progressing to higher levels would only mean more money. Self-funding has its limits and many talented drivers see their dreams fade away as the bank account dries up. Seeking corporations to fund their racing career is what some might say, the only way to carry on racing to the top – that is, if talent has already been accounted for.

 

Here are what some of the local racers have to say:

 

Ringo Chong

Won inaugural Asia Pacific series of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli championship 2011

“My plans for 2012 include winning the Ferrari 458 Asia Pacific Challenge again, improve my racing in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, and staying fitter and healthier. Back home I just hope we can get the track up and that everything will fall into place gradually for Singapore motorsports.”

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Yuey Tan

Raced in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

“In 2012, I hope to go quicker and improve on this season. For the industry, I hope that Singapore tries to understand what motorsports is and all that it encompasses!”

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Gerald Tan

Singapore Touring Car Challenge – 2011 Champion

“I hope to retain my title for the STCC and also look to race in a few international endurance events. For the local motorsports scene, I hope the resolution to the track will surface soon – that is, to have a track or not. It would also be good if companies and corporate pay more attention to the motorsports community at the grassroots level rather than just Formula 1.”

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Melvin Choo

Raced in Super GT for 2011

“I wish we get a second chance at a new track and this time we get it right! For myself I wish my four kids will grow up faster! I have three offers and am still in negotiations so I can’t reveal anything now.”

 

Daim Hishammudin

Achieved overall 2nd in 2011 Rotax Max Challenge Malaysia and Rotax Asia Zone Challenge

“My aim is to at least win one championship in Malaysia and get into the finals of a few World Series Karting (WSK) races in Europe. I hope more sponsors come in to make the Singapore motorsports scene more vibrant too!”

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Jon Lee

Singapore Karting Championship – 2010 and 2011 Cadet Champion

“I will be promoting to the Junior category for 2012, which is very competitive. It will be a new level of playing field for me, but I will continue to aim for the podium. I also wish to compete in more overseas races. I hope more companies will come forward to provide more sponsorships to the local teams and drivers too.”

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Cheryl Tay

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