After announcing a new karting series for next year and the arrival of a new sponsor Cordlife Ltd, a public-listed cord blood banking group, Havelock Speedway has more developments to unveil.
Viewqwest, a leading fibre optic internet service provider in Singapore, is currently in talks with Yuey Tan of Havelock Speedway to look at making a ‘live’ IPTV broadcast of the Singapore Karting Championship (SKC), from Round 4 next weekend if possible. Vignesa Moorthy, CEO of Viewqwest, is said to be a fan of motorsports and will be trying his best to make this work.
“Time is short right now,” said Tan, “Though we think it is not impossible at all. I really have to thank Mr Vignesa Moorthy for his commitment to his love for motorsport, and going through the process of installing the infrastructure possible to make LIVE SKC TV a reality for the Singaporean karting series. We also have to thank Christopher, Joseph and Vasco for the time they have spent with us to investigate the possibilities. I think that this is the first step to a special time in the evolution of motorsport.”
The SKC’s video production company, The Film Dispensary, is also in talks with IDP Media on this, to explore avenues to host this ‘live’ feed either on YouTube or embedded on the SKC website.
Round 4 of the SKC will be held on parts of the Formula 1 track on 27 and 28 October. The support race for this round is the inaugural AutoInc X30 Marina Bay Karting Challenge that will feature a spread of international names such as Italian driver Roberto Toninelli and Karol Basz from Poland.
“The X30 is an exciting support race for us to plug into the SKC. Since the circuit is built, it makes sense to run more series and categories. We tried a Yamaha platform in Round 2, which is slower than the X30 engines and we liked it. Now we are going to try the X30 platform which is more competitive. This is going to make for some interesting racing! The plan here between the Yamaha, X30 and KF2 platforms is to trial these fantastic foundations to construct a proper base for drivers to grow into karting,” said SKC series director, Ken Bowes.
15 drivers will be taking part in the AutoInc X30 Marina Bay Karting Challenge, of which four are Singaporean drivers and the rest from overseas. Local drivers Andrew Tang, 2011 SKC Senior champion Thaddeus Lee, Morgan Loganathan and Ben Chen will be representing Singapore in this international race.
Loganathan and Chen of Element Motorsport are sporting a new sponsor for this upcoming round – Singaporean luxury audio company Audio Note Singapore (Hifi.com.sg), that carries brands such as Lehmann Audio, Aesthetix, Avantgarde Acoustic and Leben.
Hifi.com.sg’s owner Desmond Poon said, “It’s great for us to be involved in the SKC, the X30 Challenge and the whole motorsport community for the weekend. We think that being involved in this is great as we are supporting the growth of Singaporean drivers racing foreign talent in Singapore. With top drivers from Italy and Poland, the Singaporeans will have a task ahead but a good one to take up. We wish the best for our drivers as we support Singaporeans to benefit from the experience in the AutoInc sponsored event.”
Qualifying and heats will be held on Saturday, 27 October, while the pre-finals and finals will be held on Sunday, 28 October. All action can be caught from the F1 pit building this weekend.
Entry list for the AutoInc X30 Marina Bay Karting Challenge:
1 Roberto TONINELLI (Italy)
2 Karol BASZ (Poland)
3 Fuma HORIO (Japan)
4 Daisaku KOJIMA (Japan)
5 Rintaro KUBO (Japan)
6 Hayato OOKI (Japan)
7 Tatsuya UKAI (Japan)
8 Melvin MOH (Malaysia)
9 Bryan MEHTA (Malaysia)
10 Andrew TANG (Singapore)
11 Thaddeus LEE (Singapore)
12 Victor CHEONG (Malaysia)
13 Zahir ALI (Malaysia)
14 Morgan LOGANATHAN (Singapore)
15 Ben CHEN (Singapore)