While the uncertain weather loomed over the Changi Aviation Road on 26 May, many of the participants were certain of what laid ahead for them and their race machines. A sport with a combination of speed and complex turns, it is most commonly held on a track layout demarcated with cones, which tests the driver’s skills and memory power as well as the car’s handling to the max.
Like racing, the main goal is to negotiate the course as fast as possible, but characterized by tight course layouts. It requires drivers to manoeuvre their cars around obstacles and perform extreme acceleration, braking and drifting.
What will it take to win a Gymkhana competition? Wits, skill and mastery over the car, course and elements. Unfortunately, it was the elements that became the wild card, starting with little bursts of drizzles which was followed by a torrential downpour.
The competition, held after lunch, was split into four classes: front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, open (which is for front-, rear- or all- wheel drive and a Novice class for those who held National C license holders.
Some of the more unique cars spotted on the circuit that day were: a Classic Mini, Spark Motorsport’s Suzuki Alto, a MG roadster, a GC Subaru Impreza WRX and a Morris Mini standing out from the pack of modern cars which included fire breathing turbo monsters and roadsters.
The competition was held in time-trial fashion – with the fastest drivers facing off each other in a shoot out challenge. It was Wong Teck Yew who took top position on the podium with a 00:25:33 timing, followed by Roland Teo at 00:26:90, Tan Bean We Vincent at 00:28:61 and finally Tay Kim Hock Dan at 00:50:66.
This event is the first in the three-round series. Round 2 will be held on 7 July and Round 3 will commence on 11 August.
Text: Krado Photos: SMSA