How do you feel, coming to Singapore to race for the first time?
Well, I’m definitely excited to be racing at home, in front of my home crowd. I’m coming to the Singapore Grand Prix off a good string of results and I plan to continue to ride that momentum.
How did you first started off your racing career?
I started racing at 7. My dad will usually bring me to the track Kart World @ Jurong. During the age of 7-11, I also entered races in Malaysia. I stopped my racing for a while for studies and resumed at the age of 15 to take part in the Europe race tour. During that period, I had to work something out with the school for my studies. I got picked up by Mclaren junior programme during the Europe tour and got into Toyota Racing series, where I won my first championship in 2014. After on, I went into the army. During my time in the army, I was called up by my manager who told me about a tryout in the Porsche China Junior Driver where they are selecting drivers for the team. I sent in my CV and was picked out as one of the top 9 candidates to go to China for an assessment. Eventually, I got selected for the team and this is where I am now today.
What were the challenges that you faced?
It was definitely tough juggling between school and racing during my early days. I also had to learn to live abroad by myself, taking online lessons from school and continue on my passion for racing. Taking a break from racing to go for my enlistment was also a tough call as I had to put a halt on my racing career. Nevertheless, I am grateful to Porsche for giving me the opportunity to continue pursuing my dream of being a racing driver.
Who will you be rooting for in the upcoming Singapore GP?
Max Verstappen. I knew him from my time racing in the Europe tour. We were kart mates and had always raced competitively against each other.
Who is your favourite F1 Driver of all time?
Ayrton Senna. He is incredibly quick! He is my inspiration as he was always giving 100 percent in whatever he does, off or on track.
What’s your favourite road car?
Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
Dream Car or Dream Girl?
hmmm…… Dream Car! Hahahaha.
If you weren’t a Porsche Carrera Cup driver, what do you think you will be doing?
Back in school, studying business I guess?
What do you do when you’re not racing?
I do physical training, race SIM sessions, race reports and go for events by our Porsche racing team. I do occasionally meet up with my friends on the weekends and spend time with my girlfriend.
What features do you look for in a girl?
Independent. I like girls who can take good care of themselves, especially when I’m usually travelling a lot.
What is the one advice you can give for young aspiring Singapore racing driver?
Keep practising, work hard. You got to really start by racing overseas for the exposure.