S'pore GP: Race faces challenging 2 years, says Syn

S'pore GP: Race faces challenging 2 years, says Syn
Montfort Secondary's Theodore Bui got a feel of a Formula BMW car at the pit area, observed by Mr S. Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office.

SINGAPORE - The old adage has it that getting to the top is not half as difficult as staying there.

And organisers of the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix are finding truth in that saying, as they enter the second lap of hosting Formula One's only full night race.

"These two years will be very tough for us," Singapore GP deputy chairman Colin Syn admitted.

It was a sobering assessment, delivered in juxtaposition to the visual feast which backdrops his interview with The Straits Times.

Filling the 66-year-old's Cuscaden Road office are enough motor sports memorabilia to fulfil a collector's dream - from a replica Ferrari steering wheel to a photograph of himself competing in the 1997 Peking to Paris race.

But even as he sits surrounded by reminders of the past, Syn's focus has always been on what lies ahead for the Singapore race. As he pointed out, "F1 is an ever-changing game" and other regional races like Malaysia have for years been counting the cost of their stagnation.

Sepang even came in for some harsh words from F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone in 2007 - just eight years after hosting its first race - when he said it was getting "shabby".

What is more, the 2014 season will bring with it a whole new set of challenges.

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