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Singapore revs up for F1 fever in lead-up to night race

By Zaki JufriEvents - 08 May 2014 6:00 AM | Updated 25 August 2014

Singapore revs up for F1 fever in lead-up to night race

The Formula One night race might be four months away, but race promoter Singapore GP is all set to get things warmed up for the much-anticipated event. 

Kart races, library roadshows and even a behind-the-scenes look at a Formula One garage are just some of the new activities that fans in Singapore may look forward to in the lead-up to the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. 

The highlight of this year’s ‘Rev Up Singapore!’ campaign is the complimentary training programme and championship for karters, which will see 120 young Singaporeans learn the sport before racing each other at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on 30 August. 

Karting is a sport most Formula One drivers consider as the first step to professional racing.

The winners of the two categories (those aged 15-17 and aged 18-21) will each earn a year-long karting sponsorship, which includes a karting licence, race suit, practice sessions and race entry fees, all worth $11,850. 

Karting

Also new this year is a 31 August event called ‘Kartnival’, where 500 racing fans will get to drive karts around the Marina Bay circuit, as well as five library roadshows featuring talks, movies and exhibits on F1's history and technology. 

Starting from May through September, the library roadshows will take place at Jurong Regional Library (May), Bukit Merah Public Library (June), Bedok Public Library (July), Ang Mo Kio Public Library (August) and the Central Public Library at Victoria Street.

Singapore GP's school visits and behind-the-scene tours will also be conducted like last year. 

In addition to educational talks and GP simulator rides, students from participating schools may take part in an Instagram mini F1 car art contest, where five winning students will stand to win a pair of three-day Zone 4 Walkabout tickets. 

The Thursday Pit Lane Experience, which last year saw 2,500 people get a close-up look at the various team garages, will also be held, with the added incentive of a tour of the Caterham team set-up for five winners. 

Those interested in signing up for this year's Rev Up Singapore! programmes may do so at singaporegp.sg/revupsingapore. 

2014 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix| Date: 19-21 September 2014 | Venue: Marina Bay Street Circuit | Tickets: $38-$1,088 from www.singaporegp.sg