Day 2: MediaCorp Subaru Challenge 2014 – The Asian Faceoff
- 116 left standing after 23 hours
- Challenge suspended for 90 minutes as thunder and lightning broke out
- The five minute special break at 10:00pm on 8 November that can be won by the public through special online game, has been cancelled as a result of the halt
9 November 2014, Singapore - For the third time in the Challenge's 13 year history, The MediaCorp Subaru Challenge was suspended for 90 minutes during the intense thunderstorm that occurred at the nine hour mark. The heavy thunderstorm drenched the Challenge arena and the remaining contestants were permitted to move away from the cars to take shelter within the vicinity of Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza.
This was the longest halt throughout the history of the Challenge. The first time a similar scenario occurred was in 2008, when contestants were allowed to take shelter for 46 minutes on the second day as thunderstorm occurred. The second occurrence was last year in 2013 when event organisers suspended the Challenge for 66 minutes at the 50 hour mark.
After confirming that it was safe, event organisers resumed the Challenge at 10.33pm. Although the lightning and thunder stopped, the rain continued leaving contestants shivering throughout the long, cold night.
First time contestant from New Zealand, representing Singapore, 38 year old Tennis Coach, Chris Whiting, doesn't think that the suspension will affect the game. "It is too early in the game for the halt to have an effect. I initially thought that the long break would help me, but then I realised that every other contestant also gets the break," said Mr Whiting.
"When the Challenge resumed, it continued to rain heavily throughout the night. I have never experienced such cold rain in Singapore before and I was shivering until the morning," he added.
To ensure the safety of the participants, event organisers announced that the Category 1 lightning meant that the event grounds were not safe for the contestants to be left outdoors. While this meant that the digital clock was paused to allow contestants to seek shelter at the tentage of the arena, contestants were still required to observe the other rules of the game.
As a result of the 90 minute halt, the five minute additional break at 10:00pm that the public can win for friends or family competing in the event by playing a special online game, has been cancelled.
After the thunderstorm and rain cleared, the morning sun scorched down on the arena as participants from Singapore, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam endured to keep their palm on one of ten Subaru Imprezas stationed at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza.
To mark the 13th year, for the first time ever, the public will have the opportunity to win extra breaks for their friends or family competing in the event by playing a special online game. The top 10 game scorers on the scoreboard will earn their supported participant an extra 5-minute break. The scoreboard will reset after every break and the public contest will end upon the last 11 standing contestants.
In addition to being eligible for the grand prize of a Subaru car, regional contestants will also compete for additional titles and cash prizes. The title of Country Winner and a cash prize of S$1,000 will be awarded to the final standing representative of each participating region. The last standing regional contestant will win the Asian Winner title and walk away with an additional S$5,000 cash. The country or region, whose participants have the longest combined standing time, will be awarded the Country Team Winner title along with a cash prize of S$10,000 to be equally divided among the team.
For more information and updates, please visit the official website at http://www.mediacorpradio.sg/carchallenge2014/.
Jointly issued by MediaCorp Pte Ltd and Motor Image Group.