Round 5 of the Singapore Karting Championship (SKC) saw its third ever female entry with Carrie Choy competing in the Masters category.
While she had her own challenges to deal with, the other two females in the Junior category were involved in their own battle.
Manon Maistre has shown great improvement after discovering an issue with the carburettor on her kart and solving it, along with clocking more practice hours at the track.
She found herself in front with Gabriella Teo, who has consistently finished on the podium at every round this season and was even leading the championship at some point in the season.
Over the weekend at the fifth and final round of the SKC, Manon qualified ahead of Gabriella in third place, with the latter in fourth.
There was a good chance for Manon to achieve her first podium finish in her first SKC season but her chances were thwarted after a controversial incident with Gabriella during the pre-final on Sunday.
Manon was hot on the heels of Gabriella and managed to pass her with a good exit on the last turn of the circuit. After successfully executing the overtake, Manon powered down the main straight and was on the inside line of Turn 1.
At the exit of Turn 1, Manon was still ahead of Gabriella but the next instant Gabriella was into Manon’s rear, causing Manon to flip and land on her head. Fortunately she was not hurt and managed to get up and walk away from her overturned kart on the track.
She was not allowed to restart the pre-final and she had to start right at the back of the grid for the final, costing her a potential podium finish for the season wrap-up.
That is a real bummer but that’s racing.
Both drivers were not dealt any penalties but I think being unable to continue racing after the flip in the pre-final (classified as DNF) and having to start in last place for the final was huge enough a blow to Manon.
Opinions and emotions flared across the paddock over this incident – At the moment I only have photos (courtesy of Singapore Karting Championship/Bonnie Yap) but once the video is out I will post it up and you can make your own judgment.
Here are the photos:
What mattered most was that Manon walked away unhurt and unharmed from the incident – Safety always comes first!