The fifth and final round of the Singapore Karting Championship (SKC) 2011 to be held this weekend at Kartright Speedway will see four of five championship titles to be decided, as the Veteran category has already been sealed by Anthony Seow.
The Cadet, Junior, Senior and Masters category titles are still up for grabs, with reigning champions Jon Lee (Cadet) and Amin Noorzilan (Junior) still fiercely defending their titles.
Here are some of their thoughts from the leaders going into the weekend finale:
Cadet category leader of the SKC 2011
School: Primary 6 student at Ngee Ann Primary
Team: Drakar Racing Team
Racing since: 2009 at the age of 10
Jon’s thoughts for the weekend: “I go into the last round with 35 points ahead of my closest competitor Javier Chng of Williams Racing. I was balancing my studies and racing this year as I took my Primary School Leaving Examinations, but the exams are over now. I feel good and relaxed, but the championship is still not over so it will be business as usual this weekend. I won the Cadet class last year so my aim this year is to defend the title.”
Junior category leader of the SKC 2011
School: Secondary 2 student at Queensway Secondary School
Team: Started the 2011 season with Williams Racing Team but has since switched to Drakar Racing
Racing since: 2010 (but started karting at the age of 8)
Amin’s thoughts for the weekend: “Having clinched the Junior title last year, I was gunning for another title win this season. I feel quite happy about leading the championship now, though I feel nervous at the same time. My chances of winning seem quite high as I have a 20-point lead over the next competitor Yeo Hong Yang of GP Racing, but who knows what might happen in the final round. Hong Yang is very competitive and has been giving me an extremely hard time to get ahead of him, even out-qualifying me at times.”
Senior category leader of the SKC 2011
School: Secondary 4 student at Holy Innocents’ High School
Team: BMS Racing Team
Racing since: 2009 (but started karting in 2006)
Thaddeus’ thoughts for the weekend: “I feel absolutely delighted about leading the championship, despite having missed the first round! I think my chances of winning the championship are rather positive as the gap between me and the next guy is 27 points. To be honest, I did not expect myself to be in contention for the championship before the start of the season as I missed Round 1. But after Round 2, I realised that my points were not very far off the championship leader and that’s when I started to eye for the championship. My closest competitor Opai is a huge threat with his vast experience and he has constantly been fighting with me for race positions through all the rounds. Get ready for a good show!”
Masters category leader of the SKC 2011
Team: BMS Racing Team
Racing since: 1994 in the car parks of Kallang
Eric’s thoughts for the weekend: “Mathematically, there are 4 drivers capable of winning the Masters title and at this point I’m simply in better shoes than the rest. My team-mate Ben Goh is just 13 points behind me. Frankly I wasn’t expecting to win the championship title when I took part in the SKC as my entry to compete was a real last-minute decision. It’s good to be leading the championship but I don’t feel much as there’s still one more round to go and I just have to keep my fingers crossed for a positive result!”
Veteran category winner of the SKC 2011
Occupation: Financial services at Visa
Team: BMS Racing Team
Racing since: 22 years ago in car parks
Although he has already won the title, Anthony will still be competing in the final round.
Anthony’s thoughts for the weekend: “While the Veteran contingent may be smaller compared to the Masters Class, there are very good drivers like Kenny Yip, Richard Wee and Leon Khoo. I didn’t think I would win the title and was just focused on being as competitive as I could, one race at a time, improving my driving skills and training to be as fit as possible to handle the stress and demands of competitive racing and doing what I can to ensure that my kart is as prepared as it can be through working with my team on set-up. While I may have won the championship for the year, it will not make any difference to my racing. This weekend will be the same as I have done in the first four races – to put in my maximum best effort to perform the best that I can.”
Good luck guys!!