Cambodia’s first ever five-hour endurance race will commence this Sunday at the 980-metre long Kambol Kart raceway situated on the outskirts of Phnom Penh just off National Road 4, nearly 8 kilometres from the airport.
The furthest go-karting had been stretched to in the past was a two-hour street race way back in 2004.
A few had been run now and then in the intervening years, but none have put man and machine through such a tough test of endurance like the one which comes under the starter’s flag at around 9am on what the owner of the circuit Barry Yip describes as a historic day for local go-karting.
This exciting challenge takes the karting scene in the Kingdom to a new high in a sport that is generally seen as a doorway to higher ranks of motor adventure.
The race involves eight teams of five to six each taking turns at the wheel after every hourly stop of 10 minutes for vehicle inspections. The change of drivers, however, is solely at the discretion of the teams.
The team with the most number of winning laps to their credit will take away the top prize – a trophy, $400 and five free tickets for rides on the raceway at the time of their choosing. There is also a prize for the fastest lap.
The Enduro, as it is branded, is sponsored by Yip’s restaurant, the House of Claypots, with Top 1 oil (Cambodia) as the co-sponsors.
In a chat with the Post yesterday, Yip said the raceway had been given a total facelift after he took over the ownership, with parts of the track resurfaced to make it absolutely race-worthy.
“Five hours of go-karting had never been tried before in Cambodia, which makes this event unique and as I see it a trend setter. Karts for this event are rentals but in our calendar for the year, which is planned but yet to be finalised, we have some exciting events where participants can drive their own karts,” Barry Yip said.
“I am eagerly looking forward to the launch of the five-race series, the Cambodia X30 challenge in March,’’ he said, adding: “This challenge involves five different races. We expect expert drivers from other countries to take part in this series.
“All the karts will have to be fitted with the same model of X30 engines I provide, but the participants are free to have other accessories of their choice’’ said Yip, who represents the third generation in his family business of go-karting and its engines.
Safety checks and briefings will begin at 8am, and just over an hour later the karts will be revving for the off.
Registration for the Enduro is closed, so the teams involved are final. The next event will be for experts, with details to be announced shortly.