CAN THEY LAST 4 HOURS?
First 10 teams take on the four-hour kart endurance race at the inaugural OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge 2011
Singapore, 20 May 2011 – Revitalising the corporate realm with an invigorating dosage of racing is the inaugural OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge – geared up and ready for the first round next Saturday on 28 May 2011. Organisations across diverse industries have sent in a total of 30 teams for this adrenalin-charged Challenge hosted by Singapore’s only public go-karting facility Kartright Speedway. At each of the three elimination rounds, 10 teams will compete in a four-hour kart endurance race and the top four finishers per round will return for the Grand Final at the end of the year.
Placing much emphasis on the importance of work-life balance while boosting the power of collaboration and successful decision-making amongst colleagues, the best drivers from participating companies have been fielded to take on the 750-metre-long technically-challenging Kartright track. Title sponsor OCBC Bank was the first to sign up, entering two teams which were for invited corporate customers.
Allan Teo, director of Kartright Speedway, commented, “It is very encouraging to see how wide a selection of teams we have from various multinational organisations and local companies. We have the Singapore Karting Championship for the individual race karters and now we are also reaching out to the office crowd and allowing them to embrace karting as a form of recreation, in this case some friendly competition, for them. We even have an all-female race team competing in a later round.”
Round 1 sees teams from title sponsor OCBC Bank, Singapore Exchange (SGX), Borneo Motors (authorised distributor for Japanese car brands Lexus and Toyota), Aston Martin Singapore and more. An official testing session was held four weeks before the race on 30 April 2011 to allow the competing teams to familiarise themselves with the rules and regulations as well as the track.
Said Paul Ng from Team Rising Sun of Borneo Motors, “We are aiming to at least make it to the Grand Final. We haven’t really started practising yet but will start to do so until race day. We are in the motor industry so we thought this competition will be good for us. It is our new-found passion and we will do our best. It isn’t so much on speed, but about strategy and good planning.”
Upon finding out about the OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge, Borneo Motors held three corporate days to allow anyone from their 700-strong workforce of the entire Inchscape group to come and contest for a seat in the two teams they are entering.
Team SGX is made up of colleagues with the same passion for all things cars and racing, hence they decided to sign up for this to further explore this passion of theirs. Tan Kok Peow of Team SGX said, “We are looking to have fun and also improve on team building through this event. Hopefully we can win the entire Challenge!”
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.
For more information on the OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge, log on to www.ocbc.kartright.com.