This year’s Malaysia Autoshow 2017 which will be held from November 9 to 12 at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS), will be hosting a new form of motorsports, the Karting Slalom, for the first time ever in Malaysia.
It aims at providing a low cost platform to unearth new and young talents by giving young motorsports enthusiasts an opportunity to put their talents to the test in a safe manner.
Karting Slalom was designed by the Commission Internationale de Karting – Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (CIK-FIA), targeted to youth who have never competed in motorsports before.
“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 Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) chief executive officer Datuk Madani Sahari.
Its 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.
This new form of motorsports made its first appearance in Germany in 2012, and is touted as being suitable for all, from as young as eight years old.
In the Karting Slalom, drivers will handle the kart through an obstacle course at a controlled speed, and the karts will be limited to walking pace; any deviation from the course will incur penalties.
The activity only requires only a small area of tarmac or space, two karts, safety gear, cones and timing equipment.
Participants of the Karting Slalom at Malaysia Autoshow 2017 will drive the kart around the slalom course one at a time, and they will be electronically timed by officials from Kelab Kart Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan (KKS).
KKS is an affiliate of the Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) and is also recognised by the FIA, Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and CIK.
AAM is the sole National Sporting Authority for four-wheel and two-wheel motorsports in Malaysia.
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.
Participants will be grouped by age, with participation fees of RM10 for those aged eight to 13, RM20 for those aged 14 to 18 and RM30 for those aged above 18 years.
Following the first event for the public at Malaysia Autoshow 2017, KSS hopes to turn it into a national championship in 2018, whereby there will be six rounds held around the country with finals being at MAEPS.
However, the fruition of this would depend on sponsorship for the event.
Meanwhile, around 150 exhibitors have confirmed their presence at the Malaysia Autoshow 2017, which will also see some launches by carmakers as well as lifestyle exhibitors, which would include aftermarket products.
The auto show will be held from 10am to midnight, and all services for vehicle purchases, including hire-purchase loans, will be available in-house throughout the event.