The 24 Hours of Le Mans live viewing in Singapore
20 June 2017
The second edition of the 2.4 Hours of Singapore Endurance Kart Race
Text/Photos: Porsche Centre Singapore
Singapore. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is undoubtedly one of the most iconic endurance races in motorsports history. For the third consecutive year, Porsche has further cemented their place in history by securing their 19th overall victory at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. To celebrate Porsche’s immense history and achievements in motorsports, Porsche Singapore held the inaugural 2.4 Hours of Singapore Endurance Kart Race for the second year; along with official partners for two consecutive years Michelin, ExxonMobil and photography partner Leica.
The 2.4 Hours of Singapore race format was kept aligned with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, to provide participating teams with the experience of competing in an endurance race. For this year’s edition, 12 teams consisting of Porsche customers and Singapore media competed in the race. As in the original format, 3 drivers per team rotated driving a kart for 2.4 hours (2:24 min) around the KF1 Karting Circuit.
To bring the spirit of motorsport alive, guests and their families were given the opportunity to watch the 2.4 Hours of Singapore race as well as a live telecast of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Numerous activities were planned throughout the entire event. A Porsche 911 Carrera S with RSR design as pace car was in action as it conducted a cold lap to officially start the 2.4 Hours of Singapore. Porsche provided the opportunity to engage in competitions through Porsche car simulators and slot car challenges for the whole family to participate in. A new 911 Targa 4 GTS was on display and shown for the first time in Singapore. The event also saw guests provided with the opportunity to be pampered with complimentary massages as well as the chance to join the Leica sponsored lucky draw. For the younger motorsport enthusiasts, Porsche set up a dedicated kid’s corners which had a LEGO play table and face painting. In addition, complimentary hotdogs and ice-cream was available and each child received a goodie bag to remember the day.
As the 2.4 Hours of Singapore took place on Father’s Day in Singapore, Porsche celebrated by running a contest on Facebook where participants had to share what made their father or father figures “Le Man“. In addition to the Father’s Day contest, Porsche also held a photo contest during the event. Guests were encouraged to capture the best moments and share on their social platforms with the accompanying hashtag #24hSG for a chance to win one of three special edition Porsche champagne flute sets.
The 2.4 Hours of Singapore qualifying was filled with excitement as all the teams put all their efforts to secure the pole position for the race. The qualifying session was riveting right to the final moments as team Friends of Porsche 1 secured pole position in the final laps. The main race saw great driving from all teams despite the temporary suspension due to the change in weather with heavy rain. Once resumed, Snamel Dream Team consisting of Ian Tang, Andy Lee and Cheong Chun Kin replicated their winning formula to secure a hard-earned victory for the second year running with 71 laps. This year also saw Le Media, consisting of Ju-Len Leow, Derryn Wong and Jonathan Lim jostle other teams off for second place, crossing the finish line just 12 seconds behind the winners. Close behind second place, team Martini Racing, consisting of Lyndon Theo, Ken Wu and Dennis Ang came in at a well-deserved third place clocking in 44 seconds from first place.
Podium finishers of the 2.4 Hours of Singapore were gifted with a wide selection of prizes provided by Porsche Singapore, sponsors Michelin and ExxonMobil. The winning team’s success earned a spot in the Porsche Centre Singapore trophy room on the engraved trophy. “The 2.4 Hour of Singapore represented more than just a race, it was a celebration of Porsche’s Motorsports history and specifically, the history and success in the 24 Hours of Le Mans” said Dr. Henrik Dreier, General Manager – Singapore, Porsche Asia Pacific. “We were delighted at the commitment shown by the teams, despite the rainy weather conditions, the race was just as exciting as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Also, it was great to see our 250 guests, including families, enjoy the races as well as the numerous activities. With Porsche Motorsports achieving their 19th overall victory and a successful event, the day was a celebration for all”.
As the 2.4 Hours of Singapore wrapped up, focus shifted to the dramatic final laps of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which was also filled with excitement. With a 13 lap lead, Porsche’s #1 LMP1 car, the Porsche 919 Hybrid dropped out due to technical issues, much to disappointment of Porsche fans. However, like all Le Mans races, nothing is impossible. For Porsche’s number #2 919 Hybrid, having re-joined the race after 1.05 hours of repair due to front axle issues, and 18 laps behind, the impossible was achieved. The trio of Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bernhard (DE) and Brendon Hartley (NZ) climbed from 56th position to secure Porsche’s third overall victory after 367 laps. Celebrations at the 24 Hours of Le Mans were resonated in Singapore as Porsche’s 19th victory was a best way to end an eventful day.
911 Carrera S: combined fuel consumption 7.7 l/100 km, urban cycle 10.1 l/100 km, extra-urban cycle 6.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 174 g/km
911 Targa 4 GTS: combined fuel consumption 8.7 l/100 km, urban 11.2 l/100 km, extra-urban 7.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 196 g/km