Indonesian Presley Martono at the Top of International Karting

Photo: Perry MartonoPresley Martono has had undoubtedly two of his most memorable race weekends over the past 2 weekends. First he was at the Rotax International Open in Zuera, where a loose engine mount resulting in a dropped chain and DNF while battling for the lead in the pre-final looked to have ruined his chances of a good finish, but from 32nd on the grid he powered through to battle for the win, with 3rd place at the finish! “If there was one more corner I could have gone for the win.”

From the Rotax International Open Martono hopped on over to Italy for the WSK Final Cup to race in the KF-Junior category, and boosted by his incredible drive the weekend before he went from 3rd on the grid to take an incredible win with a 6 second margin over 2nd placed driver Logan Sargeant.

Watch the Rotax International Open video below. “He’s (Martono) absolutely flying! 32nd to 3rd, fantastic.”

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Singapore Karting Championship Round 4 Results

SKC Round 4 Cadet Formation Lap

SKC Round 4 Cadet Formation Lap – © Phil Askey

The 4th round of the Singapore Karting Championship was held at Kartright Speedway last weekend. The entries in most categories struggled as the Senior/Junior/Senior Master/Master Plus categories only attracted a combined total of 11 entries, but the Cadet field was strong with 10 entries on the grid. Final results below, and the full results are viewable on mylaps HERE. Read the rest of this entry »

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2015 RMC Asia and Special Rotax Events Calendar

KRS Motorsports, the organiser of the Rotax Asia and Malaysia series’ has released its calendar for 2015, including 3 special non-championship events (Invitational, Endurance, and Xeramic Challenge).

  • Rotax Invitational 2015 24/25 January Sepang
  • RMC Asia/Malaysia Round 1 14/15 March Sepang
  • RMC Asia/Malaysia Round 2 18/19 April Perlis
  • RMC Asia/Malaysia Round 3 16/17 May Speedway PLUS
  • RMC Asia/Malaysia Round 4 13/14 June Pekan
  • RMC Asia/Malaysia Round 5 15/16 August Speedway PLUS
  • RMC Asia/Malaysia Round 6 19/20 September Sepang or Speedway PLUS
  • Enduro 4 hours 24/25 October Sepang
  • Xeramic Race 12/13 December Sepang

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RMC Asia Round 4 – Victory for Senna, Gezha Sudirman, Arsh Johany, Calvin Wong

Race Results (MyLaps) | Asia Championship Standings | Malaysia Championship Standings

The 4th round of the Rotax Max Challenge Asia series was held at the Sepang Karting Circuit on the 16th-17th of August. Free practice on Saturday started with a wet track, but by the time qualifying and the heats started, it was back to dry racing. Sunday also brought a wet track in the morning warm-ups, but back to dry and scorching hot weather for the races.

Arsh Johany own the large MicroMax field ahead of Muizzudin Musyaffa, while Gezha Sudirman took his first win in Rotax Junior. Calvin Wong overcame a difficult start to take his 2nd win of the year in Rotax Senior. Senna SN led home Melvin Moh in Rotax DD2 with Riki Tanioka taking DD2 Masters honors.
MicroMax StartThe MicroMax grid was a record size for RMC Asia at 28 entries! Malaysian driver Oscar Ng (Prodigy / ARTGP) put in a surprise pole position (last round he was 18th in qualifying) ahead of Muizzudin Musyaffa and Muhammad Sidqi (Malaysia / IS Racing / CRG). By the time the final came around initial pace-setter Ocsar Ng had dropped to 9th on the grid, but he recovered nicely to a 5th place finish. At the front it was Arsh Johany and Muizzudin Musyaffa (both IS Racing / CRG). They had a fairly comfortable margin to 3rd place but their battle brought the rest of the field closer. Arsh Johany led almost the entire race from the front, and despite a final corner challenge from Muizz, he held on to cross the line first just 0.15 ahead of 2nd, and less than a second ahead of the chasing Muhammad Sidqi and Ariel Andhyka Bahran (Indonesia / Stratos / TopKart).
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Presley Martono, Silvano Christian, Senna SN, and Arsh Johany win at RMC Asia Round 3

Race Results | Malaysia Championship Standings | Asia Championship Standings

Presley Martono, Silvano Christian, Senna SN, and Arsh Johany won the main categories at RMC Asia Round 3 held at the Sepang International Karting Circuit on the 24th-25th of May. The track remained dry and scorching hot throughout the meeting.

Senna SN had a battle on his hands to win the DD2 final. Having dropped down the order at the start he made his way up to challenge Melvin Moh for the lead, but the move resulted in contact between the two forcing Melvin to pit and Senna to drop back a few places. Both drivers blamed each other for the incident. “I knew Senna was going to be faster than me at the early part of the race because we had setup our kart to work later in the race, but I couldn’t avoid contact when he dove it.” Melvin’s comments on pace were backed up by his fastest lap after he had pit for repairs. Senna felt that he got alongside far enough but Melvin turned in on him. Without video to review it’s impossible to say who was at fault, but it’s clear that the rivalry will carry on to future rounds.

Senna fought back and got back past the top 3, overtaking Arnuparp Arphasat for the lead after working his way past James Veerapen. Veerapen finished the race in 2nd just ahead of Arphasat, with a fastest lap time better than the winner’s.

Presley Martono was busy with an exam on friday so he only showed up to Sepang on Saturday. The lack of practice didn’t slow him down any as he put in a dominant performance in the Junior final at RMC Asia Round 3. It wasn’t quite as easy as that however as he had to battle up from 8th place in qualifying. “I knew we were in good shape for the pre-final because I saw Kane’s tyres after heat 2 and they were in bad shape compared to mine.” Early pace-setter (pole position and heat 1 & 2 wins ) had to settle for 7th in the final after 2nd to Martono in the pre-final. David Sitanala drove a solid race to finish the final in 2nd ahead of Barrichello Noor who completed an Indonesia 1-2-3. It wasn’t all bad news for Shepherd however as his strong performance catapulted him into the championship lead as Jakkarin Sirinonthanawech’s 13th in the pre-final and 8th cost him valuable points and dropped him to 2nd in the standings.

Silvano Christian cranked it up for the final of the Senior category taking the lead at the start from 2nd on the grid and holding it to the end of the race for victory. Pole sitter and championship leader Calvin Wong dropped to 4th at the start and was too far behind Silvano once he made it up to 2nd to pose any real threat to the leader. The two drivers set an almost identical pace, and ended the race separated by just over one second, with Lee Wai Cong a further 1.5 seconds behind Wong. Silvano’s win moved him up to third in the standings while Calvin Wong further extended his championship lead ahead of Lee Wai Cong to 14 points, but with 3 rounds remaining the battle is far from over.

Arsh Johany headed a close IS Racing 1-2-3 in MicroMax. He won the race ahead of Muhammad Sidqi and Putera Adam Halim. The first non-IS driver was Alex Brown of Seven Racing in 4th place. The order for the top 4 remained the same as the finishing order for the pre-final, with Timothy Wijaya creating the first change in the standings with his 5th place after 7th in the pre-final. For Muhammad Sidqi round 3 was his first non-win, but a solid 2nd place ensured that he kept the championship lead ahead of teammate Arsh Johany.

The 4th round will be held on the 16th-17th of August at Sepang International Karting Circuit.

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Singapore Karting Championship Round 1

Cadet at SKC Round 1 - Photo © Phil Askey

Cadets at SKC Rd1 – © Phil Askey

Full Race Results (Mylaps)

Alex Brown (Cadet), Nicholas Cook (Juniors), Gabriella Teo (Seniors), Jason Bay (Masters), and Anthony Seow (Master Plus) were victorious at the opening round of the Singapore Karting Championship. The cadet field had 15 drivers – a record for the SKC, with Alex Brown taking the top step on the podium ahead of Ethan Tan and Dominic Quek.

In the Juniors Jon Lee had a nightmare pre-final and final with a loose chain dropping him out of both races, which allowed Nicholas Cook to take the win.

After a second place finish in the Pre-Final Gabriella Teo emerged the winner in the Senior category just ahead of Yeo Hong Yang.

Pictures on the Kartright Speedway Facebook page HERE.

Pictures by Phil Askey on facebook HERE (you need to be logged in to facebook).

More pictures and report by Cheryl Tay HERE.


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