I am keeping this on a My-Kart Core level first.
Last Saturday, I had a long chat with Wai Leong and amongst the topics discussed is the abovementioned program, which MAM has initiated. Although no official annoucement has been made but Wai Leong has told me the following info and his request is to promote this to My-Kart ranks first.
MAM, is embarking on a driver search program and this is targeted for any youngster between the ages of 8 - 16. The requirement is that this youngster ( boy or girl ) must NOT have any competition license and or participated in any sanctioned races ( My-Kart ones, dun count )
The deal is that this driver will go thru a programme where 5 or 6 race meet will be held and it also involves official practise days ( which amounts to 12 - 15 days, a number I can be very sure but surely more than 10 )
Every dealer in town is asked to propose 10 drivers and hence Wai Leong has given My-Kart the 1st priority since he recognises our mass of drivers/eager father, uncles etc. It will be a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.
The cost to this on the driver will be about about RM15000 to furnish this driver with a kart, an engine ( of undetermined make, but it will be one make ), consumables and personal gear. MAM will sponsor 50% of the kart, engine as I am told. So, it's not a 100% sponsor which is a good thing as then those whose parents are keen, will also commit some money to the program.
The Program will run for 3 years, as what was mentioned so perhaps some of the RM15000 can be evened out over this period.
Now, the next is the interesting bit.
Wai Leong as mentioned above, recognises My-Kart's presence and he has vouch that he will submit his entries to MAM as a My-Kart team rather than a City Karting stand alone. As I see it, he wants to reduce the headache of finding drivers and hence his easy way out of My-Kart.
So what's in for City Karting or any dealers to do this. Wai Leong has told me any dealers supporting this program will receive some payment of undisclosed amount to run the program ie. practise days. So I guess, this will be a business deal ( as always ) for CK too.
What's in for My-Kart? In return for the support, Wai Leong has hinted that he can then sponsor My-Kart events from this fund he receives from MAM. This program starts sometime in 3rd quarter of year....August?
As mentioned above, I am keeping this on the My-Kart Core so we can thrash out your ideas, questions etc.
Fazz, I tried to call you but ....you are a busy man. Get a PA lar.