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New karting facility to be built at Kranji

The 900 metre-long track will be designed by the world-renowned Hermann Tilke, who has designed 65 tracks worldwide. 

SINGAPORE: Singapore motorsports enthusiasts will have a new place to get their adrenaline fix with the launch of a brand new international-standard permanent karting circuit. The S$2 million karting facility is being built at the Singapore Turf Club's car park area in Kranji. 

Mr Richard Tan, Managing Director of Arina International Holding, and the driving force behind the project, said he is driven purely by personal interest. "I'm fervent about karting just like I'm fervent about badminton. There's no KPI and it's not profit-driven. I do it purely out of personal interest and I love it," he said.

The 900 metre-long track will be designed by the world-renowned Hermann Tilke, the man behind 65 tracks worldwide - including the Formula 1 circuits in Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul and Bahrain.

"I can promise you that it will be a first class karting circuit. It will be a really great great venue," Mr Tilke said. 

The circuit is slated for completion in the fourth quarter of 2014, but every effort is being made to have the track good to go by mid-September, before the start of the Singapore Airlines Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Most F1 drivers start off by karting and there is a strong chance that they will be itching for a ride on the new track, which will be endorsed by the International Karting Commission.

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