SINGAPORE - It has taken 20 years but international karting is finally racing back into town.
The Straits Times has learnt that over the weekend of Nov 30-Dec 1, Kartright Speedway will host the final two rounds of this year's Asian Karting Open Championships (Akoc).
This will be the first international karting event held in the Republic since the Castrol International Kart Prix at Kallang car park in August 1993.
"It is good that besides Formula One, we can also attract other regional and international series to Singapore," said Tan Teng Lip, president of the Singapore Motor Sports Association.
Kartright director Allan Teo, meanwhile, noted that the Akoc's arrival will help raise the sport's profile in a country which has approximately 300 kart owners - 80 of whom race competitively.
"Karting is still at a developmental stage and bringing such an event to Singapore is the next logical step forward," he said.
He added that the weekend in Singapore will also open the door for local karters to gain some experience without having to spend the $10,000 or so it costs to compete in a single overseas race.
"This is a chance for them to see where they stand against other karters from the region," said Teo, whose 14-year-old daughter Gabriella is currently third in the Akoc Junior standings.