TWO-TIME Hongkong Waiters' Race champion Mr Eric Lee Kam-wing revealed the secret of his success yesterday after defeating a field of 68 rivals: ''Don't look at the tray.'' ''I look forward,'' said the 22-year-old head waiter at Hotel Victoria's Bocarino's Grill, still sweating from his winning dash yesterday afternoon. ''If you only look at the tray you will lose your balance. I know that speed is very important but balance is most important.'' Mr Lee's strategy paid off. Though he was in second place as he headed towards the finish line, Mr Lee won the men's singles championship when the leader dropped the bottle of San Miguel and two mugs on his tray. Last year's champion, Mr Lee yesterday posted a winning time of 1 minute, 12.71 seconds for the 400-metre course along Chater Road. The winner of the women's singles competition, 21-year-old Ms Joko Lee Yuen-yi of the Royal Park Hotel, finished in 1 minute, 30.96 seconds. Both will get round-trip air tickets to Europe. However, breaking with tradition, they will not be entered in the annual 8,000-metre Paris Waiters' Race, which served as the original inspiration for the Hongkong event. ''It's just too logistically difficult,'' said Ms Penny Byrne, spokeswoman for the Hongkong Tourist Association. More than 400 waiters and waitresses from 37 Hongkong hotels and eight restaurants competed in the day-long event. The waiters were urged on by enthusiastic cheerleading squads representing the various hotels and restaurants. Races in a total of seven categories, including relay races and races featuring hotel executives, were also held. The General Managers' Race was, as usual, a benefit for charity. The event raised $109,770 for the Ebenezer School for the Blind - nearly five times the $22,000 raised last year. Funds raised this year will be used to finance the school's redevelopment programme.