What a true test of mettle for speed lovers who gathered at the SAFRA Go-Kart Challenge 2020, which took place at Karting Arena, The GrandStand on 11 Jan.
Launched to engage younger NSmen in exciting and fun activities, the Challenge, which is in its second edition, saw more than (number) go-kart junkies battling it out in this open-wheel outdoor race.
Racers were allowed to compete in two categories: Advanced, which lets drivers speed up to 50km/h, and Novice, which allows drivers to go up to a maximum of 30km/h.
As a result of the higher degree of difficulty in Advanced, only those who have a driving licence were allowed to participate. Drivers would have to clock their best timing within eight minutes, and the top eight would be shortlisted to enter the final round, of which the top three would be selected as winners.
As a practice session to psych up participants, organiser SAFRA Youth Network held a round-the-hour Simulator Race Challenge to allow racers to pit their skills with either virtual competitors or at legendary rally circuits. Even spectators who are aspiring racers were encouraged to partake.
When 2pm drew near, there was palpable excitement in the air as participants buckled up in their electric go karts, which are built on a lighter race chassis for better handling.
Batch after batch in 10-minute-long sessions, drivers hit the throttle to navigate sharp corners and turns in the challenging speedway format circuit. Noticeably, there were plenty of cheers and fist pumping by spectators who turned up to support family and friends who are participating.