Young motorsports enthusiasts or parents with children who have an aptitude for motorsports will have an opportunity to put their talent to the test in a safe manner during the coming Malaysia Autoshow 2017 which will be held this November. For the first time in Malaysia, a new form of motorsports – Karting Slalom – aims at providing a low-cost platform to unearth new and young talents.
Karting Slalom is a new category designed by the Commission Internationale de Karting D Federation Internationale de Automobile (CIK-FIA) and is targeted at young people who have never competed in motorsports before.
“We are very excited to note that we will be the first to host a Karting Slalom in Malaysia. I believe this event will provide good exposure for young motorsports enthusiasts and more importantly, to also discover hidden talents for early nurturing. Karting Slalom is definitely an excellent sporting activity for parents and children to enjoy at the upcoming Malaysia Autoshow 2017, “said Datuk Madani Sahari, the CEO of the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) which is organising the autoshow.
According to Paul David, the Vice-President and one of the founders of Kelab Kart Selangor and Wilayah Persekutuan (KKS), the introduction of Karting Slalom to Malaysia is a first step towards having a Malaysian Karting Slalom Championship next year.
The Karting Slalom formula was introduced as a way to get more young people into motorsports and to educate them on the basics of driving and safe driving that can be transferred directly from racing to driving on public roads. Karting Slalom is suitable for all, from as young as 8 years old. Being dubbed as a new form of motorsports, Karting Slalom made its first appearance in Germany a few years ago and is rapidly gaining popularity.
During the exciting sporting activity, the driver will handle the kart through an obstacle course at a controlled speed. The karts will be limited to close to walking pace and any deviation from the course will incur penalties. The activity requires only a small area of tarmac or space, and basically requires two karts, safety gear, cones and timing equipment.
Participants of the Karting Slalom at Malaysia Autoshow 2017 will drive the kart around a slalom course one at a time, and they will be electronically timed by the officials from Kelab Kart Selangor and Wilayah Persekutuan. Helmets will be provided for participants but aspiring competitors are advised to wear at least heavy full-length trousers with proper shoes and socks, a long-sleeved jacket and full gloves. Fees ranging from RM10 to RM30 will be charged, depending on the age. For more information on the Karting Slalom and Malaysia Autoshow 2017, visit www.autoshow.com.my.