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First professional kart racing in Vietnam to begin in May 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019, 17:58 GMT+7
First professional kart racing in Vietnam to begin in May 2019
A model is showcasing a prototype of go-karts that will be allowed in the newly-introduced kart races Formula Racing Vietnam 2019-2020 which will make its debut in May, 2019. Photo: Cong Trung / Tuoi Tre

A professional kart racing competiton will kick off for the first time in Vietnam this May, open to both professionals and non-professionals above 18 years old.

The racing was unveiled on Saturday by Pham Hong Son,director of the New City Racing Club (NCRC) corporation, which will organize the karting Formula Racing Vietnam 2019-2020.

Son added that entry is going to be simpler with a more reasonable price than other forms of professional kart racing.

Karting, also known as kart racing, is a variant of motorsport road racing with small, open-wheel, four-wheeled vehicles called go-karts or karts, with the most popular one being Formula One races.

Currently, beside motorbike and mini truck races that grasp public attention, other forms of racing are still yet to develop in Vietnam, Son said, adding that kart racing is the foundation of the racing industry over its accessibility and reasonable pricing.

Participation fees for professionals and semi-professionals are expected to be US$2,000 per team, with all members required to be over 18 years old, while the competing vehicles will be advanced and luxury supersport cars like Arrow and Praga with four-stroke and 10-horsepower engines.

The races are going to be divided into different tracks including FRV Endurance Race held at the Dai Nam race track in Binh Duong Province, located 30 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City to the east.

The first track of this season is expected to be opened from May 4 to 5.

The next track will be due on September 2, while the last one is scheduled for the end of 2019.

The final round will be organized in mid-March of 2020.

The competition is going to be divided into two sections for professional and corporate racers.

In order to be qualified for the race, a participant needs at least three days of practice and to have competed in two classification races.

“This race is based on a format similar to Formula One with 30 racing teams,” Son said.

He added that the organizing committee is making sure to allow the racers to showcase their speed on long roads no different from professional racing tracks, while also letting them exhibit their remarkable driving skills at turns and complex road structures.

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