Straight off the back of our new partnership with fellow race series organiser, Syamsul Razmin, we decided to find out more about the man himself as well as his thoughts on the IKC and amateur karting.
SK: IKC is into it’s 6th edition this year. Could you share what made you start this race series?
SR：I started IKC along with two other friends, Zul and Toge. The idea was to have fun and competitive races among friends. There was a short brainstorming session among us on the format, branding and direction of IKC. It is quite fun when we have the opportunity come up with the branding, give-away tshirts or goodies, food and cool trophies to all the racers. As for the racing itself, we try to make it competitive and fair to all drivers. We can proudly say, IKC has built a unique community for the racers and definitely a fair battle ground for racers and alike.
SK: You started as a karter yourself, self funded. What is your advice for people coming from a similar background as yourself?
SR：I would say, start with the lower levels of racing and slowly build your racing path. If you are fortunate enough to have a good financial background, I would encourage you to go to professional races. But to those who are not (like me), there are always other options like joining amateur or club races where they offer races in different categories and formats. It is a great platform for racers to gain some knowledge and build racing skills.
SK: Would you mind to sharing with us the profile of IKC drivers in general?
SR：It is interesting to talk about IKC’s driver’s profile. As you know, it is an amateur series where racers from different walks of life come and join IKC races including students, mechanics, executives, engineers, managers, business owners, corporate leaders and even professional racers from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and others. Even though the drivers come from different backgrounds, they seems to blend in well with each other and helps create a friendly community, but still very competitive on the track. Certainly compliments the objectives of creating IKC.
SK: Would you kindly brief us on the race format of the IKC series?
SR：IKC always uses 100cc engines for the races and the format is 10 minutes of practice / qualifying, 10 laps pre-final and 15 laps final. For both practice / qualifying and pre-final, racers will carry points which determine their final grouping (A or B, A with higher points). On the pre-final, we will implement a reverse grid, where the faster drivers start from the back – giving them more challenges to gain a higher position and points. To make it more interesting, racers will have to ballot for their karts before each heat. For drivers 58kg and below, we will give them karts that carry an extra 10kg of ballast. For those who are 75kg and above, we have a special trophy and podium ceremony as well.
SK: How important are grassroots karting events to you?
SR：Karting itself is very important for racers to build their experience and racing skills. I believe grassroots karting events are crucial for the whole motorsport scene. Some of the amateur karters did advance to becoming professional karters or to racing cars. We’ve witnessed racers who started with IKC and are now racing in the professional arena. So I strongly believe that grassroots karting events are really important in making sure the community grows and helps motorsports gain more awareness among the public.