Barely into the first month of the New Year and I got a prestigious invitation to be part of the all-girl Quintessentially Race Team for the four-hour Singapore Karting Endurance (SKE) race on 19 January at Kartright Speedway.
Main sponsor Quintessentially Lifestyle, a leading luxury ‘Members Only’ concierge club, collaborated with local karting outfit Veritas Racing to send the only all-female team to participate in the first ever SKE.
Veritas Racing has produced winners in the Singapore Karting Championship (SKC), such as Masters champion Kenneth Smith.
This is the second kart event in Singapore that Quintessentially is providing sponsorship for. In November last year, Quintessentially sponsored Veritas Racing’s technical director Shaun Yip in the first X30 international race that was held at Turns 1 and 2 of the Formula 1 Marina Bay street circuit.
Leading the Quintessentially Race Team is Veritas Racing’s sole SKC female racer Carrie Choy, who is joined by me, Tan Su-Anne and Michelle Kuek.
Unlike the Corporate Karting Challenge which is a four-hour endurance race series using the rental fun karts, the SKE holds a bigger physical challenge as we will be driving in Zanardi race karts, set up by Veritas Racing.
Compared to the Corporate Karting Challenge I did in 2010 with the all-female team that I founded, this SKE is racing at a different level altogether, due to factors like the huge jump in horsepower and lateral G forces.
Under the supervision of Shaun and the guidance of Carrie, we have started training to get race-ready but there’s only so much time left.
“The SKE is a totally different ball game from the usual SKC races. Driving a minimum of three 20-minute stints will cover more laps with shorter break intervals than our regular race days. This will be very physically demanding for us but I am optimistic. With all our training, we will be able to put up a good fight among the guys and work towards a good finish,” said Carrie.
Shaun added, “The Quintessentially ladies race team, while relatively inexperienced, has the potential to go far. It is a long four-hour race and hence it is about teamwork, stamina and focus. We are confident that the strategy we employ will ensure a more consistent, reliable and competitive race for the girls.”
If you are coming down to support me (and us) on the 19th, do look out for me in my pink helmet, suit, gloves and shoes!