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Karting scholarships for Dom, Ridhwan

For 11 of 12 laps at Turn 22 and 23 of the Marina Bay Street Circuit, Dominique Egner cut a lonely figure in front of the chasing pack.

Not that the 16-year-old minded; he was all too happy to maintain his lead to win his age-group race (15-17 years) at the Singapore GP Karting championships - part of the Rev Up! Singapore campaign - yesterday.

The Singapore-born student from the German European School here started the race in sixth place, but seized his moment at the first turn to overtake five others before cruising to victory.

"At Turn 1, I noticed the others went wide, so I went for the inside line," said the teenager, who finished with 7:44.26, six seconds ahead of second-placed Gabriel Wong.

"I knocked someone out of the way, but I didn't affect his time too much."

Dominique, along with Ridhwan Abu Bakar (top, far right), who won the 18-21 years race, have been awarded karting scholarships by Singapore GP Pte Ltd and KF1 Pte Ltd.

The scholarship consists of a Singapore Motor Sports Association karting licence, practice sessions at the upcoming KF1 karting facility, full race gear, and entry to the 2015 KF1 official races in Singapore worth over $11,850 (per person). 

"I never karted before this race, so this scholarship opens a new door for me," said Ridhwan.

"Now that I have a chance to keep doing it, I'm definitely sticking with the sport for as long as I can."