Going across the globe to race in world-class karting series such as the various WSK (World Series Karting) championships is an opportunity that many local drivers hope for, but the serious amount of funding limits the chances and only a certain segment of Asian drivers are able to invest in European racing.
From 2012 onwards though, Singaporean kart racers can look forward to an Asian WSK series, a new regional karting championship that literally brings world-class racing to their doorstep.
With plans to be held in Singapore, Malaysia and either Thailand or Macau next year, the Asian WSK series has further plans to expand to other countries in the Asian region thereafter.
“We are excited to be working with WSK Promotion srl to promote their globally renowned brand in Asia. It was a project that we had long discussed with WSK Productions and both parties decided that the conditions were right to introduce the WSK series into Asia,” said Mr Julian Lee, 32, CEO of Renovatio Imperii Limited .
Credit goes to Renovatio Imperii, a company registered in Hong Kong and Singapore, for bringing the WSK branding into Asia.
“The decision to extend the WSK branding into Asia was a natural progression of our business plan. We started though product sales when we took on the distributorship for AIM data systems and Maranello racing karts in Singapore and then we extended our expertise to facility and event management when we began operating the Shanghai Kartworld track in the grounds of the Shanghai F1 circuit.
“In the process, we developed many positive relationships with the European principals of the major karting manufacturers and the independent racing teams. The strong support and encouragement we received from our European friends were important elements to WSK Promotion srl deciding to work with us as a partner in extending their established series into the Asian continent,” added Mr Mark Lange, chairman of Renovatio Imperii Limited and also the founder of local karting community KartingSingapore.com.
It is imperative for the training and development of young drivers to include as many sanctioned races as they can afford to enter.
Drivers in Singapore have already established themselves at the national karting standards with the Singapore Karting Championship (SKC) and some have gone on to compete at the Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC) that is held in Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand and Macau.
Not only will the Asian WSK series be another platform for them to hone their skills, the best Asian talents from this series will also be provided an opportunity to join a factory team and participate as one of their drivers in the WSK’s season-ending event, the WSK Nations Cup.
In the lead-up to the inaugural 2012 Asian WSK series, there will be a WSK Singapore introductory race on 26 and 27 November at Kartright Speedway, which will be hosting the Singapore leg.
“We are thrilled to be a party involved with bringing WSK to Singapore. This is another significant step in the development of karting in Singapore. Any increase in competitive events will be good for driver development and we are very excited about this. We will do our best to ensure that Kartright meets the expectations of a world-class event and its demands,” said Dato’ Jude Benny, director of Kartright (Pte) Ltd.
Open to Singaporean and Malaysian race licence holders, national kart racers have expressed interest to participate in the WSK Singapore introductory race.
Mr Paul Lee, the SKC 2010 Masters champion, will be sending his son Thaddeus Lee for the race – Thaddeus is currently leading the SKC 2011 Senior category and has won some AKOC rounds previously.
“I think it’s great that WSK is coming to this side of the world and I want my son to compete and gain further exposure and experience. With the Asian WSK series, the competition standards here will improve with overseas competitors and this will bring up the level of karting in Singapore. Racing against international field of contestants will surely bring his driving to a new level and it is also an opportunity for our support crew and mechanics to learn as well,” said Mr Lee.