Split into two groups of five, the first group had their briefing at 3pm, before the next group is due at 4.30pm. Briefly, the rules and regulations were shared by Allan and Malik of Kartright, along with Harold Netto of the Singapore Motor Sports Association (SMSA).
The floor was also open to the drivers to field questions or anything they are unsure about. Round 1 sees teams from title sponsor OCBC, SGX, Borneo Motors (authorised distributor for Toyota), Aston Martin Singapore and more. After the briefing, each team was split into groups of 3 and given 90 minutes on the track to practise.
The timings were quite competitive, but this 90-minute practice is nothing compared to the four-hour endurance race they will be going through.
Said Paul Ng from Team Rising Sun of Borneo Motors, “We are aiming to at least make it to the Grand Final. We haven’t really started practising yet but will start to do so until race day. We are in the motor industry so we thought this competition will be good for us. It is our new-found passion and we will do our best.”
Upon finding out about the OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge, Borneo Motors held three corporate days to allow their 700 over employees from the entire Inchscape group to come and contest for a seat in the two teams they are entering.
Team SGX is made up of colleagues with the same passion for all things cars and racing, hence they decided to sign up for this to further explore this passion of theirs. Tan Kok Peow of Team SGX said, “We are looking to have fun and also improve on team building through this event. Hopefully we can win the entire Challenge!”
Allan Teo, director of Kartright Speedway, commented, “It is very encouraging to see how wide a selection of teams we have from various multinational organisations and local companies. We have the Singapore Karting Championship for the individual race karters and now we are also reaching out to the office crowd and allowing them to embrace karting as a form of recreation, in this case some friendly competition, for them.”
For more information on the OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge, log on to www.ocbc.kartright.com.