Rotax Invitational Race 2012: Singapore report

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There weren’t as many Singaporeans as I was expecting, but I’m still proud of those who raced for the Singapore flag at the Rotax Invitational Race 2012…



The only one representative for Singapore in the Micromax category, Josh Lee Yan Heng, is the younger brother of Singapore Cadet karting champion Jon Lee Xuan Hao. Turning 10 in February, Josh participated in the 15-driver under-12 class.


Josh’s results:


Time Trial – 13th

Heat 1 – 13th

Heat 2 – 8th

Pre-Final – 13th

Final – 11th



The weekend held a lot of promise for the Junior karters from Singapore – namely Daim and Amin. Both of them were clocking fast timings and finishing up front – however, incidents on the track during the final caused both of them to suffer DNFs and return home empty-handed.


Daim Hishammudin would have had a brilliant start to the 2012 karting season with a win, but unfortunately a collision from another driver saw Daim taken out of the race, losing his lead during the closing moments of the race. The impact from the incident caused his kart to fail and hence he could not finish the race – Daim was just about 20 metres from the finish line!


Daim’s results:


Time Trial – 5th

Heat 1 – 3rd

Heat 2 – 1st 

Pre-Final – 1st 

Final – DNF (see news section here for detailed report)


A founding driver of the newly-formed AutoInc karting team in Singapore, Amin Noorzilan races with Simon Racing outside of home. He was clocking strong timings and stood a good chance of finishing on the podium. Alas, he met with a collision on the fifth lap of the final and the throttle cable snapped thereafter, ending his race prematurely.


Amin’s results:


Time Trial – 3rd

Heat 1 – 7th

Heat 2 – 3rd

Pre-Final – 4th

Final – DNF




Currently serving his National Service (NS), Julien Fong flew out on Friday night after booking out from camp and went straight into the race weekend without a chance to practise on Friday. Team-mates with Amin on Simon Racing, Julien has his sights on racing out of Asia in Europe after he finishes his NS.


Julien’s results:


Time Trial – 19th

Heat 1 - 13th

Heat 2 – 12th

Pre-Final – 21st

Final – 12th


This was probably the worst race weekend that Sean Hudspeth had ever had. He had to start in 35th place in the last row of the starting grid after an early crash in the pre-final saw him unable to complete the pre-final. The fighting spirit never dies and Sean fought his way to 13th in the final.


Sean’s results:


Time Trial – 18th

Heat 1 – DNF

Heat 2 – 15th

Pre-Final – DNF

Final – 13th

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Good luck for the rest of the 2012 season boys:)

Cheryl Tay

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