The final round of the 2016 Grassroots Autotest was held at the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Carpark C on 25 September. This “hybrid” event incorporates both Gymkhana and Autocross elements. Both form of motorsports require negotiation of tight corners and donuts, placing more emphasis on the driver’s skill in car control rather than brute power.
One can enter one of four categories depending on their skill levels – Class A is reserved for Advance/Off-road cars and Class B for Gymkhana oriented. Class C for the Autocross oriented and finally, Class D for novice drivers. There will be a Team Challenge for drivers (one driver from class A/B and another from class C/D).
The event was conducted in three stages: Circuit Practice & Familiarisation, Time Attack Rounds and finally, the Shoot-out Competition. Other challenges included Time Attack for the fastest average time and the most consistent time.
The course spanned the entire length of the car park, with two competitors moving in opposite directions of the circuit. Even if you were not one of the participants, sponsors were present with booths to promote their products, serving to amplify the festival-like atmosphere of the event. This event was made possible by platinum sponsors: Ducatus and Monster Energy, as well as main sponsors: Delphi Maintenance Free Battery, N-Brake, Whiteline, Opti-Shine, Race Chip, T.M.Works and ACMA Engineering.
Several sponsors were running promotions for their product exclusively at the event. Delphi had a discount on their full battery range, Ducatus had a special lubricant and additive bundle, as well as a one-for-one promotion which quickly sold out. T.M Works as well as ACMA and Rzcrew Garage had their booths too, to cater for the car enthusiasts with a selection of upgrade parts!
Moreover, there were plenty of photo opportunities to snap pictures with the racequeens from ACMA, Whiteline, N Brakes & Racechip at the 2pm and 4pm photoshoots.
As 2016 comes to a close, we can pride ourselves that events such as Grassroots Autotest is proof that Singapore motorsports can thrive even with the scarce land space, if who with passion and great organisational strength at the grassroots motorsports level! However, this was the last Grassroots Autotest as there are no plans to hold any more Grassroots Autotest events in 2017.
However, chin up guys, Automoment isn’t just gonna throw in the towel just yet! Visit www.automoment.com.sg, or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Automoment for the latest news of their next event!