MAI introduces Karting Slalom

By JAY WONG | 12 September 2017

SERDANG: The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) is introducing Karting Slalom with the intention to providing a low cost platform for young aspiring motorsport talents in the country.

"Karting Slalom is a new category designed by the Commission Internationale de Karting - Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (CIK-FIA) and is targeted at young people who have never competed in motorsports before," said MAI chief executive officer Datuk Madani Sahari.

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Karting Slalom requires competitors to navigate a Go-Kart within a tight course laid out by cones before coming to a complete stop in the shortest time possible.

Competitors who touch a cone will be penalised with additional time, likewise for missing a section of cones and coming to a complete stop outside the designated area.

The Go-Karts used will be limited to close-to-walking speeds and will be powered by a four-stroke motor producing roughly 9hp and will be electronically timed by officials from Kelab Kart Selangor and Wilayah Persekutuan.

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The activity will be available at the upcoming Malaysia Autoshow 2017 from Nov 9 to 12 and will be charged a small fee of RM10 for those who are eight to 13 years old, RM20 for 14 to 17 years old and RM30 for those who are 18 years old and above.

Those interested in trying are advised to wear heavy full length trousers or jeans with proper shoes and socks, a long sleeve jacket and gloves.

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Madani trying out the course in a Go-Kart.

"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 a good exposure for young motorsports enthusiasts and more importantly, to also discover hidden talents for early nurturing," added Madani.

The Malaysia Autoshow 2017 is touted to not be limited to the usual showcasing of automotive brands and new car launches, but will also feature aftermarket products as well as promotions from financial institutions.

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