Archive | May, 2010

Richard Bradley on Channel NewsAsia and Channel 5 News!

28 May

Last night on Singapore Tonight (Channel NewsAsia) as well as News 5 Tonight (Channel 5), Richard Bradley was interviewed.

Read the article below and watch the video here:

Sport of karting gaining popularity in Singapore
By Patwant Singh | Posted: 27 May 2010 1952 hrs

SINGAPORE : Karting in Singapore is taking off in a big way, on the back of growing interest in motor sports and support from the authorities.

That has also attracted budding enthusiasts, like 18-year-old Richard Bradley from England, who is keen to switch citizenship to achieve his aim of being an F1 driver.

The British driver is competing in the Formula BMW Pacific Championship, under the Singapore flag.

Kartright Speedway, a new facility in Jurong, has helped to push karting into higher gear.

It is also driving the passion of Mr Bradley, a trainer at Kartright.

The 1.88-metre tall teenager arrived last December and has taken the regional scene by storm in his rookie year.

He currently leads the Formula BMW Series, and is serious about being in Singapore on a permanent basis, including changing citizenship, but there is a hurdle.

He said: “If you have to do National Service, then unfortunately I am not able to do that, because there is only so long you have to get into Formula One and I can’t stop two years to do National Service.

“I have not looked directly into the regulation, so at this point of time, I want to make sure if I can do it later.”

Mr Bradley admits all this needs more discussions with the relevant parties.

He races under the Singapore flag as his licence was issued by the Singapore Motor Sport Association. The Association said it needs to find out more about Mr Bradley’s plans before commenting on his citizenship plans. The teen has already put his education on hold and moved with his family as his father has got a job in Singapore.

Mr Bradley thinks Asia will fast track his motor sports career, especially with newer facilities here.

Other karters are also keen to use Singapore as a launch pad for their careers.

James Pull, a 10-year-old karter from England, said: “I am doing this so just in case when I am older, someone might want to put me in F1, so I have got an advantage.”

Jon Lee Xuanhao, 11-year-old karter from Singapore, said: “We are building a permanent motor sports hub track. Because of that, the government would support motor sports even more.”

The new Jurong facility means such karters can cut on travelling time and expenses to cross the Causeway and indulge in their sport.

Kartright Speedway also has a training academy and is hosting the recently-launched Singapore Karting Championship series.

Competition aside, the track has also resulted in more interest from beginners and amateurs.

Jude Benny, director, Kartright Speedway, said: “We are running at least five or six corporate events every week, so people who normally are working behind desks are actually finding the opportunity to participate in an event organised by their companies, they are being introduced to karting.”

More people are also buying personal karts, which can cost over S$12,000.

Channel NewsAsia understands that at least one kart is sold per week in Singapore. And the huge demand has resulted in lack of storage space for the 200 karts stored at Kartright.

So there are plans to introduce a double-decker storage system as the capacity could increase to 400 karts by next year. – CNA/ms

THE NEW PAPER: Despite adversity, Bradley thrives

19 May

The New Paper, 19 May 2010

BRADLEY TRIPLES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD AMID INCIDENT-LADEN WEEKEND

17 May

Formula BMW Pacific 2010 Race Report, Rounds 3 – 6

Singapore, 17 May 2010 – After an eventful weekend at Sepang International Circuit, Richard Bradley of Eurasia Motorsport pulls ahead of the rest of the field in both the Drivers’ Championship and Rookie Cup for the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific championship. Although he experienced a run of ill fate with technical issues and on-track collisions, the 18-year-old Singapore-based English remained calm and displayed brilliant driving prowess to extend his lead at the top of the Championship tables. Continue reading

DETERMINED BRADLEY HEADS FOR SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND

14 May

Formula BMW Pacific 2010 Preview, Rounds 3 – 6

Singapore, 14 May 2010 – Following a perfect weekend with back-to-back victories at the opening round of Formula BMW Pacific 2010, Drivers’ Championship and Rookie Cup leader Richard Bradley of Eurasia Motorsport leads the field of 25 drivers into the next four rounds of the championship. Returning to the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia this weekend, the 18-year-old Singapore-based English race driver is determined to put up another successful showing.

Last month, Bradley made a spectacular debut in his rookie single-seater racing season at the opening round of the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific championship which was held as a support race to the Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix. In both races, Bradley qualified in pole position before going on to take the chequered flag first. He also set the fastest lap timing at both races and the lap record for a Formula BMW at Sepang. Continue reading

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