The possibility of having our very own racing track in Singapore remains a question mark and the future of local motorsports is in doubt, but there is still a decent menu of motorsport activity here to look forward to:
1. Formula Drift Singapore
Formula Drift Asia originated in Singapore back in 2008 and has since expanded to other parts of Southeast Asia. The tradition has always been to start the season with Singapore and this year will be no different. At the moment, Formula Drift Singapore might be held at the tail-end of Q1 or in Q2.
2. Singapore Karting Championship
For the second year running, title sponsor AutoInc will be financially supporting the five-round series held at Singapore’s only track of any sort, Kartright Speedway. The only national kart racing series for Singapore, the first round is scheduled for end of April.
3. World Series Karting (WSK) Asia Series
Franchised from the global racing brand WSK, plans are being made to create a WSK Asian series with Singapore as one of its legs. Should the Singapore round be confirmed, it is to be held in October on a makeshift karting track of CIK grade.
4. 235 Energy Singapore Race Driver Search
From 1 January to 18 March 2012, persons aged above 16 years old (as of 1 January 2012) are eligible to participate in this search. Basically, the winner of the search will be given the privilege to race a BMW-powered FB02 entry-level formula car (single-seater) on the Marina Bay street circuit in the JK Racing Asia Singapore leg, which is a support race to the Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.
5. Red Bull Rookies Singapore Search
2011 saw the first time that Singapore females were allowed into the all-female endurance racing team initiated and organised by Red Bull (the gold can, not the blue and silver can). 2011 was also the first time that Red Bull sent in two teams for the Sepang 1000KM Race and there was a Singaporean female on each team. The rest of the teams were from Malaysia and Brunei. This year, seats are most likely to be open to Singaporean females again.
6. Singapore Touring Car Challenge
The Singapore Motor Sports Association (SMSA) started this touring car series as a prerequisite for Singaporeans to compete in and achieve two race classifications to attain a racing licence for cars, before being able to go on and race outside of Singapore. Interested participants can enquire with SMSA who will inform when the next round will be.
7. Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix
The penultimate motorsport event of the year is no doubt Formula 1, the pinnacle of motor racing. F1 has definitely helped to put Singapore on the map and now when I travel across the globe for motorsports events, it gives me great pride and pleasure to tell people that Singapore is the country that hosted the first F1 night race, when asked where Singapore is. This September, 2012 will be the fifth time Singapore will be hosting F1 and my fingers are still crossed for the contract to be renewed.
There are other events such as community karting in the heartlands with K1, kart racing in exciting places such as *SCAPE with KF1 Karting Challenge, charity car drive and karting races with PAssion Motoring (by the People’s Association), or defensive driving courses by SAFRA Motorsports Club and SPARK Motorsports. The four-hour four-member kart endurance race targeted at companies (the OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge last year) might return too!
Despite the dark cloud of gloom hanging overhead the local motorsports scene, there are people still passionate about the sport to continue organising and hosting such events to keep the spirit going!