Despite the controversy surrounding the Singapore Karting Championship (SKC), the drivers of Round 3 went on to race as hard they could at Kartright Speedway and I was there to capture some of their speed.
I always enjoy going to the SKC because I know (almost) everybody and (almost) everybody knows me.
The spirit of racing was not tainted by the withdrawal of the title sponsorship of the series and the kids played on as hard as they raced.
There was a new race director onboard – Ken Bowies of Havelock Speedway, promoter of the SKC. He announced the wrong name for the third place winner in the Cadet category and Jayden Jin De, the real third place winner, decided to have his neck for it. #justkidding
I have a special affection for the Cadet (under-12) class because I admire their courage for taking on such fast speeds for their age!
Jayden was quickest in practice, followed by his AutoInc Racing team-mate Javier Chng. But it was Alex Brown of Veritas Racing who qualified fastest! He’s a real cutie and I think he will be a heartbreaker when he grows up, but anyway, I digress.
Alex went on to win Heat 1, but it was Kartmaster Drakar Racing’s Josh Lee who won Heat 2. Coming back to the pre-final, Javier won it and then followed up with a race win.
Alex followed up in second place and Jayden in third.
Gabriella Teo of Kartmaster Drakar was fast that weekend – fastest in practice, in qualifying and in both heats. She was making a special birthday tribute to her grandfather who was unwell – the words on her helmet visor said: “Happy Birthday Gong Gong (Chinese for grandfather) and get well soon!”
Her team-mate Jon Lee, the national Cadet karting champion of 2010 and 2011 now in Juniors, won the pre-final instead.
It was nice to see Glenn Chiam back on the track with Kartmaster Drakar Racing after taking a one-year hiatus from karting to concentrate on his Primary School Leaving Examinations.
I also spotted Ethan Goodman still using his precious Michael Schumacher-autographed helmet. I hope it has been lacquered so that it wouldn’t come off.
Somewhere after a third of the 25-lap race, Santosh Bala Kerisnan of Kartmaster Drakar Racing had an incident that brought out a red flag.
All is safe and well with him, though he had to abandon his race.
Before the red flag, Jon Lee was in the lead with AutoInc Racing’s Amin Noorzilan, national Junior karting champion of 2010 and 2011, in second and Gabriella in third.
After the restart, Gabriella managed to overtake Amin at some point to finish in second.
The Senior grid was a pretty small one this time with just five drivers, as opposed to the seven Cadet karters and 11 Junior karters. Yeo Hong Yang of GP Racing, who was battling for the Junior title with Amin and Gabriella last year, is now in the Senior class.
Defending Senior champion Thaddeus Lee of AutoInc Racing had a good practice but only qualified third, while Randall Ng of BMS Racing qualified fastest.
Randall was then unstoppable…
… winning both heats, the pre-final AND…
..the final, punching his fist into the air before he crossed the finish line 4.671 seconds ahead of second-placed Mohammad Nasri Naufal (Opai).
The battle for third was between Hong Yang and Thaddeus for some time, and eventually it was Thaddeus who filled the last podium spot. Thaddeus also clinched the fastest lap of the weekend.
Combining the Masters and Veteran drivers into one grid, Kenneth Smith of Veritas Racing fronted the group of nine all weekend, except for Heat 1 where he finished second to Yap Kheng Weng from BMS Racing.
I find Yap Kheng Weng a really interesting character.
He comes across as a really reseved guy off the track, to the extent of even being called shy, but on the track he gets all feisty… especially when a backmarker holds him up.
Kenneth cruised to victory after 25 laps, followed by Yap and then Ong Kian Leong.
There were just three Veteran drivers (oops, was I not supposed to say that?!) and it was Duncan Nursey of GP Racing who won, even though he was given a 10-second penalty.
Leon Khoo was saying after the race, that he should have pushed harder as he could have won! The 10-second penalty for Duncan reduced the difference between Duncan and Leon to about 0.6 seconds. In third is Lee Lung Nien, president of the Ferrari Owners Club Singapore and driving for Veritas Racing, who is happy to have finished the race.
The Best Presented Award went to Pavan Ravishankar, who completely didn’t expect to receive it!
Title sponsor or not, the drivers focused on driving and the event went on smoothly, though quieter than usual without the bustle. Benjamin Tan, managing director of AutoInc, was present at the SKC, not in the position of title sponsor this time, but only in the capacity of AutoInc Racing owner to cheer his drivers on.
Congratulations to the various teams…
Kartmaster Drakar Racing!
Coming straight to the track from work to support his son, Amin’s father’s overalls might be a good idea for new crew uniforms maybe? :p
Not forgetting the marshals for sparing their free time over the weekend to officiate the races…
More photos of the Singapore Karting Championship Round 3 can be viewed here.
Complete race results can be found here.