A unique Singapore motorsports event, first Grassroots Autotest of the year concluded with a resounding success. Held within the confines of the carpark at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal on the 19 February, Velotac Autotest serves as an opportunity for budding local motorsports enthusiasts to hone their technical skills in a safe environment.
The big day started bright and early in the morning, with participants streaming in way before the day’s activities were slated to get under way. A safety briefing was carried out, before time was allocated for the drivers to practice and get acquainted with the circuit.
AutoTest is a hybrid event containing the features of both Gymkhana and Autocross. One can enter one of four categories depending on their skill levels – Class A is reserved for 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).
Thereafter, a qualifying session was conducted, with only the fastest and most skillful drivers passing through to take part in the final elimination system. In the main event, two cars attacked the circuit simultaneously in opposite halves before switching over. A “Best of Three” shootout system was set in place to determine the winners.
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. The event sponsors were Velotac Asia, ACMA Engineering Works & Trading Pte Ltd, Monster Energy, Glass-Fix Pte Ltd, API RACING and Hardrace Singapore. Event partners included Autotrac and Automoment.
Moreover, there were plenty of photo opportunities to snap pictures with the racequeens during the 2pm and 4pm photoshoots. Present amongst the contingent of participating vehicles were a bevy of exotics accompanied by mainstream family haulers to prove that motorsports at the grassroots level seeks to involve a wide spectrum of participants.
The day’s proceedings concluded with participants and spectators taking away an enriching motorsports experience, leaving the industry with more room for further growth and advancement nonetheless! The next Velotac Autotest will be held on 7 May 2017.