In 1985, Karamjit made his debut in the Castrol Daylight Rally, in a Peugeot 404 belonging to his father. The next few years were spent in competition racking up class wins. In 1988, he joined the Petronas Eon Racing Team (PERT). By 1993, he triumphed with his first major outright win driving a 4WD Proton Iswara Turbo in the Malaysian Rally Championship.
In 2005 he left PERT, when it was disbanded, to compete as a privateer and then joined the Proton R3 Rally team from 2011 until 2015, winning many rallies in Malaysia and beyond.
When Geely bought over Proton in 2016, the motorsport division was frozen, which pushed him to leave the team and obtain his own car, finding sponsors independently to support his rally racing until 2018.
Rally racing is an expensive sport where a single race in Asia Pacific can cost upwards of MYR 400,000. Without sponsorship the cost of rally racing become difficult to meet.
By 2020, when the COVID pandemic hit, lockdowns resulted in cancellations of rally races. For the next two years, no rally races were held in South-East Asia. Without races, sponsorship dwindled.
In 2021, he was introduced to Rabin Nijhar of CISCO (M) Sdn. Bhd. who saw this as the Great Malaysian Story. Together they formed the CISCO Racing team and went on to win three out of four races in the Indonesian Rally Championship and also the title of the Malaysian Rally Champion in 2022.
His best performance to date was in 2002, when he achieved the rare and historic feat of winning the World Championship in the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship (PWRC) on his first attempt, as well as the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). He was the first Asian to ever become world champion in a motorsport’s world championship series.
Karamjit Singh Career Highlights and Achievements
* 3 consecutive Rallies in a weekend