New drive to rev up interest in F1

New drive to rev up interest in F1

SINGAPORE - Singapore GP and KF1 will train a pair of young karting novices and transform them into competitive drivers in less than a year - without charge.

That is the prize that the race promoter is dangling in the lead-up to September's Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix.

The initiative is part of a Rev Up Singapore! campaign which launches today. A complimentary training programme will be offered to 120 rookies to learn the ropes of karting before competing in a race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on Aug 30.

The winners of the two age categories (15-17 and 18-21) will each earn a year's sponsorship - including a karting licence, race suit, practice sessions and race entry fees - worth $11,850.

"This programme will give young Singaporeans first-hand experience of karting," said Tan Teng Lip, president of the Singapore Motor Sports Association.

"Hopefully, through this initiative, we will be able to create greater awareness of the sport among students."

The karting programme is one of several new initiatives that Singaporeans can sign up for at singaporegp.sg/revupsingapore, ahead of the Sept 19-21 night race.

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