Rotax Invitational Race 2011: Havoc… in a very fun way

Published on January 9th, 2011

We were on the mood for some micro action over the weekend and we are not talking about about ’em old toy Micro Machines. If you are thinking that when I mentioned ‘Micro’, man, you’re old. We were present at the Rotax Invitational Race 2011 which took place in Sepang GoKart track during the weekend, and we had our first sunburn for 2011, and while we are not really looking forward for more, it certainly ain’t gonna be the last one this decade.

There were 130 karters representing 11 nations present at the race. The karters came from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, India, Japan, Macau, China, Philippines, Belgium and New Caledonia. The race featured five different categories; cadet, junior, senior, masters and DD2. Top three winners from each category will receive RM1,000, RM800 and RM500. Trophy for the winners will also be given out, along with 1 set of Mojo Tyres. Fourth and fifth winners will receive trophies only.

The race was set to be an international battle for supremacy. It was also a great way to start a season, don’t you think?

It was a battle all right. From the get-go, the karters were really giving it all they had to get ahead. Blocks, close (even touching) overtakings, and intense maneuvering were a normal sights. It couldn’t have been more obvious that the race had a lot more to it than just money and trophies. I bet my sweet ass that these young drivers can easily kick my editor’s ass on the track.

Akash Neil Nandy clocked the fastest time in Junior category during qualifying, and the category was the most filled during the race. Fifty-one karters were battling it out for the final and the category was limited to thirty-four only. Akash won with 0.839 seconds to spare, ahead of Ukyo Sasahara (Japan) and last year’s junior champion Gilbert Ang Ding Feng.

For senior category, Ryuichi Nara finished first, followed by Yoshito Matsumoto and Akito Saito. Syazwan Mohd Noor took first for DD2 category, Kelvin Choo took second and Michael Rossi took third. Muhammad Luqman Hakim took first for Micromax, followed by Presley Martono and Jon Lee Xuanhao.

We were wondering though, why there weren’t enough bibs to go around, especially for the actual media photographers. We really do like taking pictures and recording videos, and we hope more bibs will be made available for media people to work effectively. It’s kind of hard to take pictures and videos at the same time if there’s only one bib for one person to use, which we’ll have to swap between us to cover more grounds effectively.

I know I dropped the keys around here somewhere

Okay, this might hurt a little

The event is also the curtain raiser for this year’s Asia Max Challenge /Rotax Max Challenge (Malaysia/Singapore Series) and Malaysian Karting Championship scheduled to start in March and will feature five and four rounds respectively. More info at KartingAsia.com. See you there, then.

words: Syawal Ahmad  pix: Syawal Ahmad & Syafril Ismail

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