Red Bull Racing takes on Orchard Road

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

It was a long Easter weekend and while some chose to leave the country, there were others like me who stayed on. There were too many things that weekend – David Coulthard was in town, Singapore Karting Championship was in action, Ace Drift had 70 over participants at A’ Famosa, All Stars Karting was revving it up at Shah Alam circuit, CodyMaxx was having their auto contest in Indonesia, and more.

 

Rushing down from Kartright Speedway to town, Orchard Road was closed from Cairnhill Road to Scotts Road from 3 to 6pm for the Red Bull Speed Street. I won’t elaborate too much here, as more information can be found in News.

 

Basically, retired Formula 1 driver David Coulthard (who is now consultant to the Red Bull Racing team) drove an F1 car down the street and did some doughnuts as well. It was free to public, for anyone who cared to line up along the fences and catch some of the ear-splitting action. Yes, there were tens of thousands of shoppers who waited from when the roads first closed.

 

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It was a very brief event, lasting less than an hour. 

 

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The Infiniti FX safety car came down the stretch first, driven by Singapore-based Formula 3 racer Richard Bradley, who was having fun going at 190km/h in it. Then the Red Bull F1 car started up right there at Ngee Ann City, Civic Plaza, before it descended the ramp onto Orchard Road. I forgot to bring ear plugs and none were provided either, so I had to bear with the noise as I stood at the specific media photo-taking corner.

 

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The Audi R8 LMS from Autovox, driven by former F1 driver Alex Yoong of Malaysia, then came out and did some laps up and down.

 

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Ooh, I love love love the sound of that car! 

 

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Coming out last was the Renault Megane RS250 which I remember as a joy to drive!

 

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This order repeated once more, before David Coulthard took one more drive. His third and last stint had to be cut short though, because the engine was over-heating – what a pity!

 

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I think it’s cool to have retired from F1 but yet still remain so involved in it. David Coulthard does a lot of hosting and I bet he’s loving whatever time he gets behind the wheel of the F1 car, even if it is just for a demo run down a straight or creating some tyre marks in circles on the tarmac.

Cheryl Tay

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