Motor racing: S'pore's first international standard karting circuit opens in Kranji

Cadet Karters aged below twelve taking their karts for a spin at the new KF1 Karting Circuit located at the Singapore Turf Club premises in Kranji. -- PHOTO: KF1 PTE LTD 
Cadet Karters aged below twelve taking their karts for a spin at the new KF1 Karting Circuit located at the Singapore Turf Club premises in Kranji. -- PHOTO: KF1 PTE LTD 

Singapore's first international-standard permanent karting circuit opened its doors to the public on Saturday.

Located within the Singapore Turf Club premises in Kranji, the KF1 Karting Circuit cost $2 million and features a 960m-long track, with parts of the track running underneath MRT train tracks.

With the circuit length exceeding the minimum requirement of 800m set by the karting commission of the International Automobile Federation, the track will be capable of hosting international races.

It was designed by Hermann Tilke, who was the architect behind the tracks at full-fledged Formula One circuits like Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, Bahrain and Texas.

The KF1 Karting Circuit also features a paddock building that houses F1-style team garages, as well as a members' lounge and a viewing gallery above them.

"There has been an increasing interest in motorsports since F1 came to Singapore and we hope this circuit will be a place where such motorsports enthusiasts can bond and get their adrenaline fix," said Richard Tan, managing director of Arina International Holdings, the construction company which built and operates the circuit.

Alongside Kartright Speedway in Upper Jurong Road, this circuit is Singapore's second dedicated karting circuit.