Andrew Tang met with quite a horrible incident during the third heat of the Formula 125 Senior Open at Round 4 of the Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC) in The Philippines. It was supposed to be held in Thailand but the natural disasters there caused the change of venue for the 4th round of the regional karting series. Andrew collided with Stephanie Marcelo and upon impact both of them flew out of their karts. Suffering a broken collar bone as a result of the accident, Andrew had to forgo Rounds 4 and 5 of the AKOC series, which could have been a huge blow to his championship title hopes.
Andrew was down at Kartodromo de Coloane at Macau over the weekend, where the fifth and last round of the AKOC 2011 series was held. He wasn’t there to race but to give support to his fellow racers and also to collect his prize – Despite not completing Round 4 and missing Round 5 entirely, Andrew still had a 30-point lead coming into Round 5. Mathematically, he was far ahead enough to finish overall 3rd.
However, at the end of the weekend, the championship was Andrew’s to keep! What a sweet surprise…
Speaking to the 17-year-old Singaporean at the track, he said, “I feel quite lucky as I wasn’t expecting to win the championship, not after missing two rounds. My broken right collar bone means 2 to 3 months out on the bench for me, but I can’t wait to get back into a kart soon!”
In the 2011 AKOC, Andrew finished 2nd in Round 1 (Macau), 1st in Round 2 (The Philippines), 4th in Round 3 (Indonesia) and then met with the accident in Round 4 before skipping Round 5.
Outside of Asia, Andrew also raced in the 2011 WSK Euro Series and WSK Masters Series. In September, he became the first Singaporean to qualify for the CIK-FIA Kart World Cup at Sarno, Italy.
In October, he took part in the 2011 Bridgestone Cup in Lonato, Italy and the WSK Final Cup in Ortona, Italy. For the latter race, he qualified 5th overall out of 41 drivers, then came in 2nd in Heat 1, 1st in Heat 2 and 4th in Heat 3. Starting from 3rd in the pre-final, he finished 3rd. In the final, another driver collided into him at the first coner and dropped him down the order to 33rd. He chased hard and finally finished 12th.
For 2012, Andrew will be focusing on racing in Europe.