In the words of Singapore ex-Prime Minister “driving around and then going into the pits; after that, changing the tyres and revving out again … makes no sense to me.” He said he could not understand the allure of such events. For the next 3 days, Singaporeans and Foreigners alike will have to bear with the noise of these loud machines and massive traffic jams into and out of the city due to traffic diversions. Read more »
The Singapore Edition of F1 race started with Team Ferrari’s driver Fernando Alonso, Team Red Bull’s driver Sebastian Vettel, Team McLaren’s driver Lewis Hamilton and followed by the rest of the 24 racers in their odd looking cars. The eventful two hours race where they speed around the Marina Bay Street Circuit 61 times in the middle of the night under bright lights, was eventually won by Fernando Alonso (2008 Winner). Lewis Hamilton, last year (2009) winner, crashed out angrily in a failed overtaking attempt.
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton won Singapore Grand Prix (SGP) Formula One at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. It was a rather uneventful race with a minor accident that caused Nick Heidfeld to dropped off from the race.
Ong Beng Seng, the man that is instrumental in bringing the Grand Prix to Singapore, receivied the International Automobile Federation (FIA) Promoter of the Year trophy on behalf of Singapore GP, which he controls, in the aptly named Salle des Etoiles (Room of the Stars) at Monaco’s Sporting Club. Singapore GP was selected for ‘its magnificent effort in organising the sport’s first-ever night race in September 2008. The FIA award, the most prestigious in Formula One.
The Singapore Grand Prix is a Formula One race staged in the Marina Bay area of Singapore. The first race, which was also Formula One’s first night race, was won by Spanish driver Fernando Alonso of the Renault F1 Team. The official name of the event is FORMULA 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix 2008. The race was co-funded by the Government of Singapore, footing 60% of the total bill, or about SGD $100 million, out of a total tab of SGD $160 million. Around 110,000 tickets sold Singapore’s first Formula One night race and about 2.5 billion people watched the Singapore Grand Prix on television across the world.
SIA (Singapore Airlines) replaces MSA (Malaysia-Singapore Airlines) as the sponsor. Singapore Airlines hosted most of the top overseas racer. The main race was won by Vern Schuppan in his March 722. Graeme Lawrence and John Macdonald came in second and third respectively. The Motorcycle GP was won by Bill Molloy in his Kawasaki 750. This was the last Grand Prix that was held in the Upper Thomson Road Street Circuit. Read more »
The focus of the 1972 Grand Prix was on safety. The National Sports Promotion Board had available for emergencies with 60 doctors, 120 nursing personnel, 200 St John’s volunteers, 8 ambulances and a in-circuit field hospital. In addition, the race organiser invested $20,000 in closed circuit TV to monitor the race. Despite all these, the race claimed the life to Lionel Chan when his Brabham BT16 careered off the street circuit and landed at the base of a ravine. The main race was won by Max Stewart in his Mildren-England Twin Cam and the Motorcycle GP was won by Geoff Perry in his Suzuki TR750.
This is the year that cigarette advertisement was banned. This signal the end of the pervasive Rothman boards found all over the Thomson Road Street Race Circuit. However, it did not prevent Rothmans from parking their vans (plastered with advertisement) and transporter equipped facilities for circuit marshals . The event saw a phenomenal level of entries from top driver from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan. There are over 50 entries for Motorcycle Grand Prix, 52 for Clubman Race, 48 for Saloon and Tourers Race and 34 for the main Grand Prix Race. The race was won for the third time by New Zealander, Graeme Lawrence.
The event was sponsored by Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MSA). MSA took the initiative to fly in top drivers from Asia-Pacific. With foreign talent was dominating the circuit, Clubman racing was introduced for the first time. The Clubman race was opened to Singapore and Malaysian racers to use their road-going cars. Miss Anne Wong, daughter of Newton Enterprises’ PH Wong, had her first racing experience in her Hillman Imp. The Clubman race saw 29 cars fighting it out with Tommy Koh in his Alfa Romeo GTV 1750 as the eventual winner. The main event was won again by Graeme Lawrence won in his V6 Ferrari Dino 246T.
The event attracted big names which included Australian drivers Brain Foley, Malcolm Ramsay and defending champion Garrie Cooper. Hong Kong-based Englishmen John Macdonald also showed up for the event. To complete a star-studded line-up Graeme Lawrence and Roly Levis, both from New Zealand, was here. Read more »
The Singapore Grand Prix coincided with the country’s 1968 General Election. The race was won by an Australian, Garrie Cooper in the Elfin 600 and was followed closely by Jan Bussell with his Brabham BT15. Steve Holland was third in this Lotus 47. Read more »
The race was held in Upper Thomson Road Street Circuit and was touted the biggest motoring spectacle of 1967. To usher in the event, the film premiere of the John Frankenheimer movie, Grand Prix, was showed at the Orchard Theatre. The main event was won by Rodney Seow in his new Merlyn F-2 Mark 10. The runner-up was Hong Kong racer, Albert Poon, in his Lotus 23B and Arsenio Laurel of the Philippines came in third in his Lotus 41. Last year winner, Lee Han Seng, had to retire his Brabham with a damaged wheel in lap 19 of the 60 laps race.
This is the second time the event was named “First Singapore Grand Prix”. The first time was in 1961. According to Singapore’s Minister for Social Affairs, Encik Othman Wok, “this is the first Grand Prix we are organising as an independent country.” The Upper Thomson Road Street Circuit had been completely re-surfaced with a new layer of tarmac. Also the prize kitty was increased to $30,000. The race also attracted some high-profile racers from Australia and Hong Kong. The main event was won by Lee Han Seng in his Lotus 22 Ford.
Only two overseas participant turned up for the race – Albert Poon and Steve Holland, both from Hong Kong. The race was won by Albert Poon in a Lotus 23 and Steve Holland came in second. Tony Goodwin took the third price in his Lola Formula Junior.
The race saw the large number for foreign competitors, as it became an ideal stopover for racers between the Australian and European racing seasons. The race was held on a wet Easter Monday holiday with and extremely slippery race track. The race was cancelled after five laps when an accident that seriously injured J.W. Wright. It also wrecks his Jaguar E-Type and kill a course marshal.
The race was held in Upper Thomson Road Street Circuit. The event was sponsored by Esso Singapore. 26-year old Police Inspector from Hong Kong, Albert Poon, won the 60 laps race. His Lotus 23 also clocked the fastest lap time of 1 minute 30.2 seconds. Second was Yong Nam Kee in his modified Jaguar E-Type. Mike Cook was third in his Cooper T45 Climax.
The Singapore Grand Prix was renamed to Malaysia Grand Prix by it organiser, the Singapore Motor Club (SMC) and Singapore Ministry of Culture. The Thomson Road street circuit track was widen by a few feet and was completely resurfaced. The “new” and faster track with 14 twisty bends and competitor would have to complete 60 laps. Singapore racer, “Fatso” Yong won the race in his brand new Jaguar E-Type. L.E. Jansz, a teacher from Seremban, was second in his Jaguar E-Type. Tan Ah Bee in his Ford V8 Special came in third.