Singapore Karting Championship Final: Jon zooms to victory with dad as coach

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The New Paper

15 November 2010 Jon Lee Xuanhao sealed the Cadet title in the inaugural Singapore Karting Championship (SKC) on a wet day at Kartright Speedway at Upper Jurong Road yesterday. Jon, 11, had finished no lower than second in all five rounds of the championship. The Drakar Racing Team karter first topped the podium at Round 1 in April, when he beat hot favourite Daim Hishammudin, a two-time Yamaha SL Cup Malaysia series Cadet champion.


Two wins and two seconds later, Jon entered the fifth and last round of competition with a 32-point lead over team-mate Glenn Chiam, his only rival for the title. “My final school examinations ended two weeks ago so I didn’t have that much time to prepare,” said Jon, whose father James Lee is both his coach and mechanic.


“The weekend didn’t start too well for me when I got a nine-second penalty for qualifying. That caused me to lose my pole position and I was relegated to sixth in qualifying.”


Former kart racer


The senior Lee has several karting championship wins, including the 2006 and 2007 Rotax Max Challenge Malaysia Masters champion and the 2008 Rotax Max Challenge Malaysia Senior champion titles. Despite managing only a fifth in the heats, Jon worked hard to overtake the four competitors ahead of him in the pre-final. That gave him pole position for the final and he drove a flawless race in the rain to take the chequered flag.


Similarly, Senior champion Mohammad Nasri Naufal and Veteran champion Kenny Yip clinched the overall titles convincingly, beating their rivals to take top spot on the podium. “I’m happy to have won the championship, it proves that the old man can still race! I love karting and I’m glad to be part of this national karting championship series,” said 50-year-old Yip, a former Singapore karting champion and the first Singaporean to race at the World Karting Championship in Europe.


Junior champion Amin Noorzilan and Masters champion Paul Lee Kok Khiang, however, did not have such a smooth journey. With just six points ahead of his strongest rival Anderson Martono, Amin knew it would be a tough battle. All weekend, Anderson was dominating the time charts ahead of the field, while Amin came in third for qualifying and the heats. Eventually, Amin finished third in the final but Anderson experienced engine failure – giving Amin the overall win.


Nescafe Singapore Karting Championship Round 5 Results


CADET (8 to 12 years old)

1st – Jon Lee Xuanhao

2nd – Tan De Shuen

3rd – Jordan Tay

Overall Champion – Jon Lee Xuanhao


JUNIOR (12 to 14 years of age)

1st – Saravanan Rajakumar

2nd – Lee Jia Jie Thaddeus

3rd – Amin Noorzilan

Overall Champion – Amin Noorzilan


SENIOR (15 years of age and above)

1st – Mohammad Nasri Naufal

2nd – Sean Hudspeth

3rd – Lim Zi Yang Ivan

Overall Champion – Mohammad Nasri Naufal


MASTERS (30 to 45 years of age)

1st – Benjamin Goh

2nd – Danial Walker

3rd – Lim Keong Liam

Overall Champion – Paul Lee Kok Khiang


VETERAN (45 years of age and above)

1st – Kenny Yip

2nd – Jerry Ibara

3rd – Richard Wee

Overall Champion – Kenny Yip

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