LAST 4 TEAMS SECURE REMAINING SLOTS IN THE FINAL OF THE OCBC CORPORATE KARTING CHALLENGE 2011
Singapore, 9 August 2011 – The remaining four slots for the Grand Final of the inaugural OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge 2011 was taken up last Saturday at the third and final elimination round. Over the four-hour endurance race, the last 10 teams of the 30-team competing field battled it out at Kartright Speedway, Singapore’s premier and only karting facility. It was Team Stamford Tyres of leading tyre distributor Stamford Tyres International Pte Ltd who emerged victorious with a clean run, keeping it smooth for 299 laps without any penalties. Just 28.225 seconds behind them was Team Road Runners of authorised Toyota and Lexus distributor Inchscape Borneo Motors Singapore Pte Ltd, followed by the all-banker Team Bar Bar Black Sheep and Team iResource GOC KS2 of i-Resource Group of Companies.
Qualifying in pole position was Team i-Fast A of financial services company iFast Corporation Pte Ltd, followed by the only all-female team CTMC2! Racing of Cheryl Tay Pte Ltd. However, mechanical problems with Team i-Fast A’s kart and multiple penalties for the ladies of CTMC2! Racing cost them both a place in the Top 4, eluding them of that coveted spot in the Grand Final.
Commenting on their win, Felix Lim, 34, captain of Team Stamford Tyres said, “Our engine stalled in the first lap and we dropped to last place. Undeterred, we fought our way back to the front and savoured every moment. A huge thank you to my team-mates for their consistency, as we painstakingly climbed our way back to the top.”
With their first team already in the Grand Final, the second team from Borneo Motors had their work cut out for them. Said Lawrence Yek, 33, senior manager for market analysis and business planning of Borneo Motors, “Our first team set such a high target for us so the minimum we wanted to achieve was to qualify for the final. Along the way we became more ambitious as we were leading most of the race but we unfortunately suffered a two-lap penalty and had to chase back to the front, eventually finishing second.”
Made up of bankers, Team Bar Bar Black Sheep had no expectations except to have fun. “We are here to have fun, which we really did, and if we got lucky we would make it into the finals. It is a pleasant surprise to have finished third with three of the four drivers having touched a kart for the first time just two months ago!” said Peng Malakul, 41, team captain.
The last team to make it to the Grand Final was Team iResource GOC KS2, whose brother team won the previous round. “We didn’t have much expectation for the team except to make it to the finals. We faced technical problems with the kart and at one point was down to seventh in the race. Thankfully we managed to catch up in time,” said Francis Chong, 49, operations manager of a car rental business and manager for this team.
With all 12 teams decided for the Grand Final, the ultimate showdown will take place on 15 October 2011 as the champion for the inaugural OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge will be crowned.
“We are almost to the end of the first ever OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge. I thank all teams for their participation and I wish the 12 finalists the very best of luck for the Grand Final. The series has taken off very well and we hope to further develop this aspect of karting with the working world,” said Dato’ Jude Benny, director of Kartright (Pte) Ltd.
Utilising a brand new fleet of karts just for the series, each team consists of six drivers (four main drivers and two reserves) and driving duties are rotated amongst the drivers over the course of the four-hour race. The winning team is the one that completes the most number of laps within the stipulated time period.
Opening its doors to the public on 1 October 2009, Kartright has established itself as Singapore’s premier karting destination in its first year of operations. Over 20,000 visitors have come to the track for the myriad of activities available, resulting in a never-ending hive of activity with exciting races, rental karts, kart storage, corporate events and now Singapore’s first corporate karting challenge.