5 April 2014

Rehab and Physiotherapy Treatment

It was a miracle that Jon suffered only minor injuries after he flipped out of his kart on 9 March during round 1 of the Asia Max Challenge 2014 (AMC) in Malaysia’s Sepang International Karting Circuit.

However, a further medical check showed that the muscle on his right leg was quite badly torn. As a result, his right hip, calf and even toes were weakened. The doctor put him on rehab and physio treatment and we’re relieved that it has helped to correct his walking and standing posture. The treatment will also ensure his muscle heals properly.

Using a Trigger Ball to massage and relief pain.

After a few treatments, Jon is on his way to recovery. He will begin his first training on 5 April to prepare himself for round 2 of AMC which will be held from 26-27 April 2014.

We would like to thank all the staff at Singapore Sports Institute Medical Centre for their kind assistance, patience and care.

Wearing coloured sports tape after treatment.

11 March 2014

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A Harrowing Experience

Asia Max Challenge 2014 (Round 1)
8-9 March 2014, Malaysia Sepang International Karting Circuit

It was a miracle that Jon suffered only minor injuries and a muscle pull after he was flipped out of his kart and took a few tosses and turns before landing on the grass patch during the Pre-Final race. This is his first (and hopefully the last) major accident!

He was limping as he returned home on Sunday night. As the pain on his right leg became more serve and unbearable, he was rushed to the nearest hospital for emergency treatment at midnight. An injection gave him immediate relief for the pain and an X-ray was done on his pelvic and right thigh. Fortunately, there was no sign of tear or fracture.

We would like to thank everyone for your concern. Jon is now resting and having “fun” with his crutches while recovering. For sure, he will be back in round 2.

Despite the accident on Sunday morning, he managed to continue and finish the Final in the afternoon. Below is a recap of the race:

Picture courtesy of www.rotaxasia.com (Mr Ben Leong) 

Picture courtesy of Mr Edi Imola Batrawan

It has been almost two months since Jon last raced in the Rotax Invitational Race in January. In this first round of the 2014 Asia Max Series, it will be the first time he is racing on a new ART kart. Still new to the Team, getting the good set-up will prove to be a challenge. But, none of us are prepared for what eventually happened in the Pre-final race.

The team reached Sepang on Thursday evening just to locate the tent and detach the caravan. Practise sessions started on Friday with all the Juniors, Seniors and  DD2s grouped together. Jon tested various set-up using previous race tires at first. In the afternoon after lunch, new set of tires is used to gauge his position. A mistake was made by the mechanic in adjusting the kart front tires camber due to unfamiliarity, the new tire testing was not done properly. Based on Jon’s timing, he is still about 0.5sec away from the front pack. The Team retested again but just could not improve.

On Sat morning, Qualifying was held after lunch time when the track was already very hot. Jon was not able to drive this new kart to his limit as he felt as if there were no grip at all. His Qualifying time was even worse than yesterday’s new tire testing lap time thus only managed 28th position from 33 drivers. Soon after that, the mechanic frantically change some minor set-up before Heat 1. Heat 1 went smoothly without much incident and Jon managed to climb up to position 18th.

Heat 2 was held on Sun morning and Jon also had a good race to complete the race at 19th. Starting from 18th in the Pre-Final, Jon was hopeful because the mechanic has made a major set-up change to counter his grip problem. It was a good start and Jon has already overtaken five drivers after 2 turns. The drivers bunched up as they approached the tight Mickey Mouse section but Jon managed to squeeze through nicely too. As he power forward, Jon’s right rear tire caught the front tire of the kart besides him. This causes the kart to tilt sideways and flip up in the air. Jon has lost control completely as he flew out of the kart and landed besides the track. The kart somersaulted and came to a halt eventually. Luckily, all the karters coming through managed to avoid hitting him. The race was red flagged as the ambulance was rushed into the track. Jon was stretchered off into the ambulance and he was brought to the medical center for observations. After the doctor inspected him, Jon was diagnosed with some muscle injury only. It was quite a miracle that the injuries he sustained are not that serious and the doctor released him limping back to the pit.

The mechanic repaired the frantically to prepare it for the Final. It is up to Jon if he still can race or not as he is still suffering with pain on his thigh and  calf. Eventually after putting some ice to reduce the pain, Jon was determined to perform.

Starting from the back of the group, Jon was prepared to just complete the race without much expectations or stop if he feels unable to continue. With determination, not only that he managed to complete the race, Jon was able to fight with other drivers and eventually finished at 18th position.

Motorsport is a dangerous sport but the thrill of high speed and winning is what draws Jon to it. He will learn to be stronger and continue to pursue his passion.

more pictures of the race can be viewed here (facebook of Rotax Max Challenge)

click here to watch the video (total length of the video is 13.5mins, accident happened at 7min of the recording)

22 January 2014

Rotax Invitational Race Malaysia 2014

Rotax Invitational Race Malaysia 2014
18-19 January 2014, Malaysia Sepang International Karting Circuit

Jon kick-started his 2014 racing campaign with the Rotax Invitational Race Malaysia on 18-19 January. Unfortunately, he had to give his school's "Year 3 Edge Leadership Camp" a miss as it coincide with the race.

A total of 27 drivers from eight countries competed in the Junior category. Turning 15 this year, it will be Jon's last year of racing in the Junior category before he moves up to the Senior category next year.

Using a new engine (which his younger brother, Josh won at the Rotax Asia 2013 lucky draw) on Saturday, Jon can only manage to qualify in 14th position. Even during Friday practice, the team was not able to find the proper set-up. In Heat 1, he was able to make his way up and finished in 10th position.

On Sunday morning, Jon narrowed the gap with the front pack when he finished in 11th position in Heat 2. Combining the two heats results, the total points moved Jon up to 7th position for the Pre-Final starting grid.

With so many young and hot headed drivers on the track, crashes and pile-ups were inevitable, especially at the first few turns. You could see karts flying into the air, climbing onto each other, pushing racers out from behind, and coming head-on to each other - it was just madness! Just take a look at the photos on Facebook.

It was not the kind of start that Jon anticipated. During the rolling lap, even before he crosses the starting line, Jon was pushed from the back and spun sideways thus dropping him to the very back of the grid. From there, with sheer determination, Jon worked hard to overtake one driver at a time, lap after lap, and finished the race in 18th position.

In the Final, Lady Luck was on Jon's side. He made up a few places after turn one pile up. After overtaking another few drivers, he was lining himself up to take 7th position. Jon made his move on the last lap with a clean overtaking drive at turn 1 but the overtaken driver pushed him out on the next turn. This caused Jon to drop a few positions and he eventually finished the race at 10th.

On the bright side, it was another great experience and lesson for Jon. Better luck next time!

Round 1 of Rotax Asia will take place from 8-9 March at the Malaysia Sepang International Karting Circuit.

All pictures courtesy of Auntie Karen.