EMS Race Team travels to Singapore this week for the Ferrari Challenge at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The event that takes place from September 20-22 will serve as a support race for the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. Driver James Weiland and his crew from Ferrari San Francisco / Boardwalk Ferrari last competed at the Brickyard in July following back-to-back wins in France and Germany. This trip to Singapore marks the ninth different country that EMS Race Team has competed in this season.
Weiland first raced the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore during the 2016 Ferrari Challenge. The team then returned to race the course again in 2018 making this their third trip to the country in Southeast Asia located just north of the equator. With 23 corners weaving into and out of three long straight-a-ways, the street circuit in Singapore will require extreme skill and attention to detail. The event also expects to be a spectacular celebration of racing with Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc and other F1 superstars competing on the same track throughout the weekend.
“Singapore will be another great opportunity for our team to compete in an exciting environment,” Weiland said. “With the Formula 1 going off during the weekend it will definitely be a lot of fun. But our goal will be the same as it always is—focus on the task at hand and put forth our best collective effort. We’ve raced Marina Bay in the past so there’s some familiarity with the track and hopefully we can lean on that experience to put together a solid couple of races.”
The festivities and crowd surrounding F1 weekend in Singapore will also provide a great opportunity to raise awareness for the three charities featured on EMS Race Team’s Ferrari 488 Challenge—PETA Cruelty Free, Coach Sam’s Inner Circle and Cornerstone of Hope. The more success that EMS achieves on the track the more awareness the team will be able to create for those missions. It’s a stage that Weiland hopes they can take advantage of during the trip.
“We always like to get up onto the podium during weekends like this especially because it helps raise awareness for PETA Cruelty Free, Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation and Cornerstone of Hope,” Weiland added. “With the large F1 crowds in attendance, it’s a great way to help make an impression on fans and drivers who may be learning about each of those foundations for the first time.”
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than three million members and supporters. Products proudly displaying the bunny logo are cruelty-free, meaning that they were produced without testing on animals. Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation’s mission is to provide educational support to at risk children through a combination of literacy, personal development and health and fitness programs designed to develop the whole child. Cornerstone of Hope, meanwhile, is dedicated to providing support, education, and hope for the grieving.