Entering the fourth dimension, Autotest kicks off the 2018 season with plenty of new faces and cars but with the same enthusiasm and desire for speed! The Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal home ground saw plenty of hot racing action as well as the first time that two drivers clocking the same time!
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.
If you love Gymkhana and Autocross, Autotest puts both into one great fun package. 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).
New regulations this year saw drivers being confined to a starting box to remove the advantage of rolling starts. New prizes for 4th and 5th position for each class and finally, the most consistent driver award was replaced with a “Bolt Lightning” award for the fastest start reaction time.
Unlike previous years, the event jumped into the Time Attack stage from the get-go and everyone had total of nine runs. Teams entries are now restricted to drivers from Class A and C.
The course spanned the entire length of the car park, with two competitors moving in opposite directions of the circuit. The A/B circuit featured tighter turns and more complex route than the C/D circuit, to cater for driving tastes and skill levels. Sponsors were present with models and booths to promote their products, amplifying the festival-like atmosphere of the event.
Mitch Chong won in Class A, Gerald Poh took Class B top honours, Sylvester Lim emerged top in Class C, and Javier Seow clinched top spot in Class D. Team ACMA Max Attack took first in the Team Challenge while Team ACMA Hyper Attack came in second.
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.
Keen to put your skills to test test? Registration is open via www.autotest.com.sg. Autotest was made possible by main sponsors: ACMA Engineering Works & Trading, Monster Energy, MPM Oil Singapore and participating sponsors: API Racing, Hardrace Singapore.