PORSCHE ASIA PACIFIC HOSTS THE FIRST 2.4 HOURS OF SINGAPORE ENDURANCE KART RACE
22 June 2016
Singapore. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the most prestigious sports car endurance race in the world. Since its first victory in 1970 Porsche has been the most successful sports car marque to grace the race. To share the rich history and achievements of Porsche in motorsport and bring the atmosphere of the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Singapore, Porsche Asia Pacific hosted the first edition of the inaugural 2.4 Hours of Singapore Endurance Kart Race; along with official partners Michelin and ExxonMobil. Our official photography partner, Leica Camera was also on-site to capture all the exciting moments.
With a race format similar to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 2.4 Hours of Singapore saw a total of 10 teams of 3 drivers competing in the 2 hour 24 minute race at the KF1 Karting Circuit. The guests were treated to a close up view of the 2.4 Hours of Singapore from the hospitality of the Porsche Lounge, along with a live telecast of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. As part of the programme, fans had the opportunity to take part in a lucky draw sponsored by Leica and ExxonMobil.
After the qualifying, the spectacular race started with a cold lap led by the new 911 Carrera S pace car in lava orange, which brought about much excitement amongst the crowd. Spectators glued themselves to the grandstands as the race kicked off to a vigorous start at 5:21 pm. Drivers jostled for position during the initial laps, with karts number 2 led by Snamel Dream Team, and 7 led by Martini Racing Team emerging ahead of the pack. Snamel Dream Team consisting of Rick Chiam, Andy Lee and Cheong Chung Kin clinched victory after a challenging 132 laps. Close rivals Lyndon Teoh, Dennis Ang and Ken Wu of Martini Racing Team crossed the chequered flag in second place just over five seconds later after an overtaking maneuver went awry on the final lap. Porsche Kakis Team consisting of Jason Bay, Eric Shih and Andy Sim came in at a respectable third place after 130 laps.
Podium finishers of the 2.4 Hours of Singapore were presented with a wide array of prizes provided by Porsche Asia Pacific and official partners ExxonMobil and Michelin. Dr. Henrik Dreier, General Manager – Singapore handed out the prizes before presenting the 2.4 Hours of Singapore Challenge Trophy to the winning team. The trophy will have a prominent spot in the Porsche Centre Singapore, where the winning drivers‘ names will be engraved to acknowledge their skill, teamwork and fighting spirit.
Celebrations at the KF1 Karting Circuit came to a halt as spectators turned their attention to the final hour of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Audible gasps were heard at the 23 hour 57 minute mark as the leading number 5 Toyota ground to a halt just as it crossed the finishing line for the final lap. One lap later it was the number 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) that took the chequered flag. Porsche’s 18th overall victory was the perfect cumulation of the day.
911 Carrera S Combined fuel consumption 8.7-7.7 l/100 km, urban cycle 12.2-10.1 l/100 km, extra-urban cycle 6.6-6.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 199-174 g/km