Some people may think that the Singapore Karting Championship is merely a national race series and hence does not require too high a level of professionalism.
Veritas Racing however, is determined to do things the right way and has implemented a new management structure.
Started two and a half years ago, there were only four people (Kelvin, Ryan, Shaun and Jason) and one mechanic. The team has grown to 30 people since and the target is to grow it to 50 people.
It has achieved some wins, such as Kenneth Smith’s SKC 2012 Masters title, and they have young drivers Jonathan William (Junior category) and Alex Brown (Cadet) who are showing great promise.
Announced at the team lunch on Saturday, the primary objective of the reorganisation is “to provide a more effective and responsive operating framework”.
Said Lee Lung Nien (Lung), “The team has come to a tipping point and it is time to take the team forward. This new structure will allow us to not only better service our drivers but also support the karting community and stakeholders at large. We will do this by tapping our own internal resources and leveraging the skill set of our members to form the management team. It is also designed to promote efficient and effective decision-making and action.”
Lung will be assuming the role of Executive Officer (XO) of Veritas Racing. As the XO, he will not only drive and implement the strategy and the priorities of the team but will also represent Veritas Racing in all communications with the drivers, the authorities, the stakeholders and the public. He is the liaison between the team and the external counterparts. Lung also races in the Veteran category of the SKC.
Shaun Yip is appointed the Technical Director, as overall head of both vehicle and driver development. Shaun will also be responsible for setting the standard for all day-to-day mechanical operations which include assembly, set up, data-management, maintenance, presentation and kart evolution. During race weekends Shaun will be overall in-charge of race strategy and tactics, thus having the final word in this area.
Carrie Choy, the team’s sole SKC female racer, will be Head of Operations and her areas of responsibility include finance, marketing and all administrative matters.
New to the team is Ricky Neo, who will be the Team Boss. Ricky joins Veritas Racing from BMS where he was formerly the head mechanic. Ricky will be overall-in-charge of the pits during practice and race weekends and will oversee all race logistics and equipment. He will be responsible for applying all the standards set by the Technical Director and will preside over the engine development programme. In addition, Ricky will also train, develop and manage the team’s mechanics. All the mechanics will report to him. Ricky will officially start after the Singapore Karting Endurance (SKE) race on 19 January.
Veritas Racing’s racing season starts on 19 January with two teams in the SKE, including the all-girl Quintessentially Race Team that I’m part of.
At the moment, the focus is on the SKC, but there is a possibility of participating in one or two overseas races this year.