Singapore will have a new International sized karting circuit in Changi, targeting completion by the 3rd week of April 2013.
The all new Changi Karting Circuit is aimed at community engagement, motorsport education, and SMSA's Singapore Karting Championship. Designed by a team of hand picked professionals, the circuit is fully interchangeable with 6 different and exciting configurations. This flexibility allows for a wide range of uses and caters to every level of experience. It even allows for multiple activities to be held at the same time.
"It's an exciting time for Singapore Motorsport," said newly appointed General Manager of the Changi facility, Mr Kenneth Yeo. "With many different configurations and the Singapore Karting Academy, the new Changi facility will satisfy the three major points in building this fantastic sport. Driver development; mass market participation, and industry development. We believe these things will grow and with structure, the start of a new sport for the masses will be born. This is the plan and this is our vision."
Yeo is no stranger to sport either, swimming for Singapore in the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, running the famous Singapore swimming school, the Swimfast Aquatic School, General Manager for the Singapore Karting Championship and Chief Operations for the International Racing team, Dorr McElrea Racing.
Singapore's first racing school, the Singapore Karting Academy, will be the major feature of this new karting facility, aiming at education for Singaporeans new to motorsport. This will include driver development, working with a race engineer, the inner workings of the kart, race weekends and whole lot more. This syllabus was designed and still used in Japan, having the same engine that can be tweaked to different horsepower's, enabling the driver to buy less equipment to be involved in the sport.
"The Singapore Karting Academy will be lowering prices for drivers to develop, as well as give them options of kart ownership. This will make it a sport that more kids can participate in, and this is a definite aim. In the reality of any professional sport, a child needs to be developed till sponsors become a possibility. The reality is that this system has produced three Japanese Formula One drivers. We hope to provide this."
On site, there is also an abundance of facilities, including secure kart storage, a cafeteria, covered grandstands, fully contained toilets and changing rooms, a driver training suite, integrated office space and ample parking.
Throughout 2013, the circuit hosts the Singapore Karting Championship, as well as high profile, international events to attract the best drivers in the world and showcase the future of Singaporean motorsport.
There are also inclusive corporate and team building events, as well as exclusive deals with the Singapore Motorsport Association and Singapore GP to provide training and licensing facilities.
International Singapore race driver, Yuey Tan gave a word of encouragement. "Its a fantastic new project that Ken is developing with the current motorsport industry. Singapore has seen nothing like this and this is what is required to build race drivers at the first level of the sport. This is what the circuit will do for the nation, and I hope that Singapore is very excited about that! Looks like they are."