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SIngapore’s Changi Motorsports Hub Still Dead

The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) announced earlier this week that it would not be proceeding with the re-tender for the Changi Motorsports Hub site following the conclusion of an extensive international and local market sounding and Request for Information (RFI) exercise. For those who have been following the situation closely, it comes as no surprise.

Updating the media on the decision not to proceed with the re-tender, SSC CEO Lim Teck Yin said: “The SSC has decided not to proceed with the re-tender as potential investors had indicated significant combined conditions for the project to be commercially viable, which we cannot accede to. The key requirements from potential investors include requests for flexibility of lease terms and land use as well as tax concessions. For example, with regard to flexibility of lease terms, there were requests for extensions of duration and pricing below valuation.”

“Taking into consideration these requests and potential outcomes, we need to balance the costs and benefits. The land take and proposed use under this project do not justify an operating model that involves significant government subsidies or concessions. After careful consideration and in consultation with other government agencies, we have decided not to proceed with the re-tender,” said Lim.

Read the Full Press Release Here

Die hard Singaporean race fans will now have to continue to rely on Sepang or Johor and hope that Peter Lim’s previously announced Motorsports City development in Iskandar will become a reality.

Recap of this Past Weekends Asia Racing Action

While most in the US were enjoying their Memorial Day Weekend, we were busy following all of the racing action in Asia.  As it turned out, this was probably the biggest weekend ever for the collective group of AMN members as they took home more than dozen podium finishes.

MSS R2 Winners

Starting with the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) held at Sepang International Circuit, Natasha Seatter and father Stewart finished 2nd in the GT Open class, which was enough for her to take the overall MSS lead from Angus Kirkwood who unfortunately ended his day early with a DNF.  The Seatter team was supported by Race Engineer Martin Hope of GulfSport Racing.  Singaporean Gerald Tan of LTM 9tro coming off his victory last weekend at the Time Attack qualified 4th, but he also ended his day with a DNF.  Everyone will be back in action at the end of June for the 3rd round of the MSS.

Tin Sritrai

The MSS also played host to several other series including the Thailand Super Series Rd1 (follow the link to read the full recap) and the Touring Car Series in Asia by IMSP.  2012 TCSA Champion Tin Sritrai started 2013 with double 1st place finishes and China Dragon Racing dominated the N2000 Class finishing 1, 2 in both races.  In R1 Alex Hui took home the victory followed by teammate Sunny Wong and in R2 they reversed their finishing order.  Billy Lo also ended his weekend on a high note with a 3rd and 4th place finish respectively.

TCSA R1 Winners

In the TCSA Road Sport Challenge Class, AMN members James Tang of TRC and Samuel Hsieh both scored double podium finishes going 2, 3 respectively in both races.  This made Samuel’s first trip to Sepang extremely memorable.  The TCSA will be back in action June 28-30th at the Sepang International Circuit before heading to Korea’s Inje Auto Theme Park for 2 rounds.  Several of our members were at Inje this past weekend to watch the opening round of the Super Taikyu Series, including Mark Thomas who was representing the Asian Le Mans Series which opens their 2013 season there on August 4th.  You can find additional information on the Asian Le Mans Series by visiting their Facebook Page: Asian Le Mans Series – Official.

FRD CTCC R2

There was also racing action at Shanghai International Circuit this past weekend as the China Touring Car Championship and Formula Masters China Series (follow link to see full recap) were both back in action.   FRD could not repeat the 2012 stunning performance at SIC where they completed dominated the field by going 1, 2, 3, 4, but 2012 winner Andy Yan was fast enough to claim both the pole and the race making it 3 straight years for the FRD driver to dominate the Shanghai Circuit Round.  CTCC Rd 1 winner Wang Rui of VW 333 finished 2nd to maintain his driver points lead, but the biggest surprise of the day came from long time friend Pascal’s ASR Da Marco’s team with their first ever podium finish!  First year driver Zhang Shenjun managed to qualify 2nd on Saturday and then pilot the 1.6T Chevy Cruze to a 3rd place finish on Sunday.  The CTCC heads to Tianma Circuit June 8th and 9th.

In closing we also want to mention AMN member Jason Tan of Team Driftmasters and Singapore Stunt Driving successfully completed their Stunt Driving Clinic in Singapore this past weekend.  For those interested there will be another clinic on July 7th. You can find more information on their Facebook Page: Singapore Stunt Driving.

A Ray of Sunshine for Singaporean Motorsports Enthusiasts?

121204-Motorsports-City-Presentation-Press-Kit_Page_202Singaporean’s saw their dreams of a permanent circuit officially crushed back in May when the government announced they were formally taking back the land for proposed Changi Motorsports Hub from SG Changi.  I don’t think this was a great surprise to anyone as the project faced plenty of obstacles in the 5 years since it was first rumored back in 2007.   Construction actually began at the site back in 2010 but was brought to an abrupt halt when investors became nervous about an investigation into the tendering process that eventually ended with SG Changi winning the $370 million project.

This week brought a little life back to the dream when it was announced that billionaire Peter Lim would be developing a Motorsports City and FIA compliant circuit in neighboring Iskandar, Malaysia.  Mr. Lim, once described as “press shy”, has made major international sporting news over the past several years after a failed attempt to buy the Liverpool Football Club in 2010 and last year’s announcement of him making a major investment in McLaren Automotive.  Now Singapore motorsports enthusiast see him as their best hope for an accessible circuit for them to enjoy.  While not truly a Singapore based permanent circuit, its planned proximity to the border will likely suffice most enthusiasts as long as they have some open track days.  Although this seems very promising, waiting until 2016 for racing events makes for a long time to hold your breathe.