CHERYL TAY’s 2011 Recap

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2011 is the first full year that I stepped out on my own and it has been a journey of self-discovery in life, work and love. I just want to take this moment now, to thank each and every one of you reading this. It is your support and belief in me that has fuelled my passion and dare to dream. We were led to the present moment in our lives through a series of paths, adventures and journeys and everything that has happened, happened for a reason. Live life with no regrets they say – easier said than done, but life is that big a pill to swallow after all. 

 

We are humans and none of us perfect. Every day, every hour, every minute, every second I am learning – about myself, about the people around me, about the world. Thank you for joining me on my journey, being part of my adventure and simply growing with me!

 

2011 has been really interesting – Just to name some: I initiated and organised Ladies’ Night @Kartright (a karting class for ladies only), formed an all-female racing team and competed in the four-hour OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge (a four-hour kart endurance race), was appointed leader of PAssion Motoring by the People’s Association, endured a 34-day consecutive Bikram Yoga personal challenge … … … I am also grateful for every passport chop I’ve earned, giving me the opportunity to fly out of Singapore and learn more about the cultures of other countries, even Malaysia. 

 

I will keep working harder at my passion and this will not be possible without your faith in me – Thank you and Happy New Year!

 

Here is a recap of my 2011 - 

 

JANUARY 2011

 

Germany: Test drive of the new Volkswagen Phaeton and visit to the Volkswagen Transparent Factory in Dresden

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> Welcome to Dresden!

My visit to Volkswagen’s Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden

Transparent Factory in Dresden switches to double shift production

 

Singapore: Launch of the inaugural OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge 2011,

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Japan: HKS Premium Day at Fuji Speedway, HKS factory tour, Super Autobacs at Yokohama, Top Secret, Fresh Strawberries

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> Super Autobacs Visit @ Yokohama

> Super Surprise: Visit to TOP SECRET

> Strawberry Love: Picking and eating fresh strawberries in Chiba

> Foodie Track: Japan Issue 1: Tendon Tempura Tenya

 

FEBRUARY 2011

 

Malaysia: Karting with a KF2 engine with Iru1 Racing at Elite Speedway

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> A day with Iru1 Racing

 

Thailand: Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE002 tyre test at Bangkok

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> Launch of the Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE002

 

Malaysia: K4GP at Sepang International Circuit

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> K4GP: 24 hours too long

 

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> K4GP Endurance Race

Singapore: Valentine’s Day with the Lexus IS-F

No date, no gifts, no candlelight dinner – just me and the spanking IS-F!

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> Best V’day date ever…

> Car Review: Lexus IS-F: Best Love

 

Photo Album:

Best V’day date ever…

 

Singapore: First Ladies’ Night @Kartright,

A series of karting classes only for ladies, organised and executed by me

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> Ladies’ Night @Kartright

> First Ladies’ Night @Kartright

> 25th Feb: Wet ‘n’ Wild Ladies’ Night @Kartright

> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #2: No Rain, No Gain

> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #3: Go Faster

> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #4: Just Keep Karting

> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #5: Karting novices go racing!

 

Photo Albums:

> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #1 (25th Feb)

> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #2 (26th Feb)

> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #3

> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #4

> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #5

 

Switzerland: Geneva Motor Show 2011

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MARCH 2011

 

Malaysia: FX Open at KL Speed City

Went to support BFF Vincent Ng at his first drifting competition!

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> FX Open Day 2

FX Open Day 3: Showdown

 

Photo Album:

> FX Open (Mar 2011)

 

APRIL 2011

 

USA: Formula Drift 2011 season opener at Long Beach

Tried In-N-Out Burger, visited Simpson at Harbor City, met Charles Ng at Evasive Motorsports…

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> Welcome to Formula Drift Long Beach!

Formula Drift USA 2011 Rd 1 Long Beach: Day 1

Justin Pawlak wins Formula Drift 2011 Long Beach!

Post-FD USA Trip

 

Photo Albums:

> Formula Drift USA 2011 Rd 1

> USA Trip (Post-FD)


Malaysia: AirAsia Team Lotus Driver Development Programme 2011 launch at Putrajaya

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Team Lotus boost for Daim

 

Photo Album:

AirAsia Team Lotus Driver Development Programme 2011 launch

 

Singapore: Recruitment for my all-female kart racing team

Held an audition at Kartright Speedway where hopefuls came to try out for a spot on my six-woman racing team!

Singapore’s only all-female racing team at the moment…

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Five Ladies Needed: CTMC2! Racing Team Recruits Its Members

CTMC2! Racing Angels audition: Cat fight!

CTMC2! Racing Angels team formed!

Introducing my all-female kart racing team – CTMC2! Racing

 

Photo Albums:

CTMC2! Racing Angels audition (Part 1)

CTMC2! Racing Angels audition (Part 2)

CTMC2! Racing – Singapore’s only female kart racing team

 

MAY 2011

 

Hong Kong: Girlfriend trip with local artiste Silver Ang

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Girlfriend getaway in Hong Kong

 

Photo Album:

Ocean Park HK 2011 with Silver Ang

 

Singapore: First karting experience on the Formula 1 track

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Rising trend with corporate karting

 

Photo Album:

KF1 Karting Challenge – 28 May 2011

 

JUNE 2011

 

Japan: Kyushu media fam trip

7 days in Kyushu - Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, making of umegae mochi, doll painting at Shogetsudo Hakata Doll Shop, famous pork-broth ramen at Ippudo Tao, Senkoji Temple at Kurume, traditional Japanese candle making at Haze Yashiki, toured miso and soy sauce brewery Harajirozaemon Kura and Nippongwan Museum at Hita old town Mameda Machi, Japanese Kaiseki (traditional multi-course Japanese dinner) on a Cormorant fishing boat, Formula Nippon 2011 Round 2 weekend at Autopolis, Kumamoto Castle and horse meat (raw) tasting, Aso Farm Village stay with origami folding and soba-making, Kuju Flower Park in the rain and more…

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Driver Frenzy at Autopolis

Interview of me on official Formula Nippon website

Kyushu Media Fam Trip 2011: Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine & Umegae Mochi making

Kyushu Media Fam Trip 2011: Hakata Doll Painting

Kyushu Media Fam Trip 2011: Famous Pork-Broth Ramen at Ippudo Tao

Kyushu Media Fam Trip 2011: Too much chicken at Hakata Hanamidori

Kyushu Media Fam Trip 2011: Senkoji Temple

Formula Nippon: Nakajima Family Affair

> Civic Power

Kyushu Media Fam Trip 2011: Traditional Japanese Candle Making

 

Photo Albums:

> Formula Nippon 2011 – Round 2 (Album #1) 

Formula Nippon 2011 – Round 2 (Album #2)

Kyushu Media Fam Trip – Part 1

Kyushu Media Fam Trip – Part 2

Kyushu Media Fam Trip – Part 3

Kyushu Media Fam Trip – Part 4

 

Singapore: Formula Drift Asia 2011 season opener

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Formula Drift S’pore 2011: Ariff apologises to D Kohkae for the incident

Formula Drift S’pore 2011: Did you get all the drivers’ autographs?

Formula Drift S’pore 2011: Team SPARK Motorsports dominates podium

 

Photo Albums:

Formula Drift Singapore 2011 – Part 1

Formula Drift Singapore 2011 – Adam’s Marriage Proposal

Formula Drift Singapore 2011 – Tandem Battles

Formula Drift Singapore 2011 – Drivers’ Autograph Session

 

Thailand: Random Bangkok weekend getaway – alone!

Once in a while, people do crazy things; such as booking a ticket at 2am to arrive in Thailand less than 10 hours later. I had a weekend free and I had some thinking to do – off to Bangkok I went!

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> Runaway to Bangkok!

BKK Runaway: Yummy lunch at Smirve Bar

BKK Runaway: Shopping at Platinum and Supper at Foodland

 

Photo Album:

Runaway to Bangkok!

 

Malaysia: Red Bull Rookies final selection at Sepang International Circuit

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> Red Bull Rookies 2011 finalised

 

Photo Album:

Red Bull Rookies 2011 driver search finals

 

JULY 2011

I spent much July in Thailand man!

 

Thailand: Michelin Energy XM2 tyre test at Pattaya

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Michelin Energy XM2 Tyre Launch: It’s all about lasting longer

 

Photo Album:

Michelin Energy XM2 tyre launch

 

Thailand: First time at BRC (Bangkok Racing Circuit)

Extended my trip in Thailand – headed to Bangkok after Pattaya! Met and interviewed Thai superstar Pete Thongchua…

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3 days of BRC (Bangkok Racing Circuit)

Hangin’ Out with Thai superstar Pete Thongchua

 

Photo Albums:

Test It? with Pete Thongchua

Days 2 & 3 at BRC (Bangkok Racing Circuit)

 

Thailand: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric II and Eagle F1 Directional 5 tyre tests at Hua Hin’s Kaeng Krachan circuit

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Double Happiness: Two New Eagles for Goodyear

> Tata Young: Then & Now

 

Photo Album:

Goodyear Eagle F1 tyre launch

 

Thailand: All Star Drift Thailand Rounds 3 and 4 at Wonderworld Park

From Hua Hin I went back to Singapore to attend a training session with my all-female racing team and the next morning I flew back up to Bangkok for the third round of All Star Drift Thailand. It was my first time at a local Thai drift event…

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All Star Professional Drift Thailand 2011: Round 2 final and Round 3

All Star Professional Drift Thailand 2011: Round 4

 

Photo Albums:

All Star Drift Thailand Rds 3-4

All Star Drift Thailand Rds 3-4 – Album #2

 

Thailand: 6-night stay at the ever-luxurious lebua at State Tower

I had the whole two-bedroom suite to myself – what a waste!

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lebua at State Tower: Living The Life in Bangkok

 

Thailand: 2-day filming with Motor Tracks

Motor Tracks, a motorsports DVD magazine in Bangkok, has been secretly filming me at Formula Drift Asia events over the last few years. I finally got acquainted with them and they invited me onto their programme – I had a dedicated segment in MT#78 which we spent 2 days filming for! You can watch the video here.

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Filming with Motor Tracks: Day 1 at Coco Kart & Bar

Filming with Motor Tracks: Day 2 at Khao Yai

Secret filming by Motor Tracks!

VIDEO: Exclusive interview of Cheryl Tay in Motor Tracks

 

Photo Albums:

Filming with Motor Tracks – Day 1

Filming with Motor Tracks – Day 2

 

AUGUST 2011

 

Singapore: Racing in the four-hour kart endurance race at the OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge

Finally – after creating Ladies’ Night @Kartright to scout for talent, organising an audition for interested women who want to race, training till I got blisters on my hands, Race Day was on 6 August 2011.

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> My Racing Foray

Racing: Of blisters and gloves and helmets

 

Singapore: 3-day filming for a one-hour documentary on my passion by a French cable network channel

The crew from a French cable channel flew down to Singapore for three days just to film a documentary on my story – can’t wait for it to be broadcasted across Europe!

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Just Fan filming: Make me up!

> Rare Occasion: Cheryl Tay all made up

 

Photo Album:

Some shots from filming

 

SEPTEMBER 2011

 

Singapore: Appointed leader of PAssion Motoring, an initiative by the People’s Association

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My new appointment as leader of PAssion Motoring

PAssion Motoring: THE LATEST AUTOMOTIVE COMMUNITY LAUNCH FOR MOTORISTS IN SINGAPORE

Snapshots from PAssion Motoring launch event

VIDEO: Highlights from launch of PAssion Motoring

 

Photo Albums:

My New Appt: Leader of PAssion Motoring, by People’s Association

PAssion Motoring launch

 

Malaysia: Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race 2011 and Audi Sportscar Experience at Sepang International Circuit

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Tyre failure costs Audi win at 12-hour race

 

Photo Albums:

Merdeka Millenium Endurance Race 2011 – Album #1

Merdeka Millenium Endurance Race 2011 – Album #2

 

Singapore: My intensive Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix week!

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12 steps to the best Formula 1 experience in S’pore

Talking points for the Formula 1 S’pore Grand Prix

Beware of hot Button

No Formula One comeback for David Coulthard

Johnnie Walker Jet Black Party takes pole position as celebrity hotspot

McLaren Automotive launches regional headquarters in S’pore

Pirelli: How Formula 1 tyres are made

Adrian Sutil would have been a stuntman

> The pressure of the Senna name

Memorable Moments of the 2011 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix

Heikki Kovalainen plays golf to take his mind off F1

 

Photo Album:

Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix 2011

 

OCTOBER 2011

 

Singapore: Completed a 34-day Bikram Yoga challenge

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> Bikram Yoga body

30-day Bikram Yoga challenge COMPLETED!

 

Photo Album:

Attempting Yoga Poses In The Garden

 

Indonesia: Represented Singapore in the Journalist Visit Programme 2011 by the Foreign Ministry of Indonesia

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Photo Albums:

Journalist Visit Programme 2011, by Indonesia

Journalist Visit Programme 2011, by Indonesia – Album #2

 

Indonesia: Inaugural Formula Drift Indonesia at Jakarta

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> More ‘police cars’ at FD

> Dai Yoshihara lookalike car, by M. Hermawan

> Singaporean Ivan Lim disappoints

> Helping Dai raise funds for RFJP

> Ken Gushi drives Orido’s RSR Supra again

> 19-year-old Indonesian drifters Alinka and Armando are engaged.. to each other!

> Indonesian female drifting darling Alinka learnt drifting in a Yaris

> Pond made Daigo Saito work hard for his victory

> Armando is youngest FD Asia podium finisher

> Daigo Saito’s journey to the top

> Who’s battling who in the Round of 32?

> Top 32 qualifiers!

> Selected videos in qualifying

> FD USA 2011 champ Dai Yoshihara looking ‘sharp’!

> Ivan L.: To the power of 2

> “Nutrional facts” about drifting

> Who’s here at FD Indonesia?

 

Photo Albums:

Formula Drift Indonesia 2011 Album #1 - Friday

Formula Drift Indonesia 2011 Album #2 - Saturday

Formula Drift Indonesia 2011 Album #3 - Sunday

NOVEMBER 2011

 

Vietnam: Girlfriend trip with Sarah and Meijuan at Ho Chi Minh City

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Last Night + Last Day in Ho Chi Minh City

> The Simple Life: a Mekong Delta photobook

> Day 2: Exploring Ho Chi Minh City on foot

> First night in Ho Chi Minh City

> Day 1 of Ho Chi Minh City with the girlfriends

 

Photo Albums:

> Ho Chi Minh City with the girlfriends – Day 1 

> Ho Chi Minh City with the girlfriends – Day 2

The Simple Life – a Mekong Delta picturebook

Last Night + Last Day in Ho Chi Minh City

 

Japan: Season finale of the 2011 Super Taikyu Series with the PETRONAS Syntium Team

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With love from Japan: Fighting the cold!

PETRONAS Syntium customised apples!

Petronas Syntium take top honours in Super Taikyu

> NEWS - PETRONAS Syntium Team Gearing Up To Secure Fourth Super Taikyu Championship Title

> NEWS - Long Day of Practice for PETRONAS Syntium Team at Super Taikyu Final

> NEWS - Qualifying: PETRONAS Syntium Team locks out Top 2 spots in Super Taikyu Round 5!

> NEWS - PETRONAS Syntium Team clinched 4th Super Taikyu title today!

> NEWS - PETRONAS Syntium BMW Z4M Coupe No. 1 Secured Pole Position for Final Super Taikyu Race

> NEWS - PETRONAS Syntium Team Totally Dominated 2011 Super Taikyu Series

 

Photo Albums:

Super Taikyu 2011 Rds 5&6 – Album 1

PETRONAS Syntium Customised Apples!

 

Japan: Tokyo Motor Show 2011, largest Autobacs store in Japan, Toyota@MegaWeb, TOMEI The Engine Specialist

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Cheryl Tay visits the largest Autobacs in Japan

Toyota City showcase at Megaweb

I’m still a Hello Kitty fan.

Meet Tokyo Motor Show race queens

Race queens at the Tokyo Motor Show

Concept cars at the Tokyo Motor Show

Tokyo Motor Show 2011: Cars to look forward to

PICTORIAL: Visit to TOMEI The Engine Specialist in Tokyo

 

Photo Albums:

Autobacs (largest in Japan) + Hello Kitty + Toyota@MegaWeb

The Babes at 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

The Concepts at Tokyo Motor Show 2011

Cars at Tokyo Motor Show 2011

Visit to TOMEI The Engine Specialist


DECEMBER 2011

 

Malaysia: Sepang 1000KM Endurance Race

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Cheryl Tay at Sepang 1000KM 2011!

 

Photo Albums:

Sepang 1000KM 2011 – Album 1

Sepang 1000KM 2011 – Album 2

 

Macau: CIK-FIA KF1 & KF3 Asia Pacific Championships + Asian Karting Open Championship Round 5

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Singaporeans at the AKOC/CIK-FIA KF1 & KF3 Macau finale

Kart racing at Macau this weekend

Singaporeans @AKOC Macau: Full Report

Singaporean Andrew Tang crowned 2011 AKOC senior champion!

Off-track Moments @Kartodromo de Coloane, Macau

Injury fails to derail kart-racer Tang’s season

> NEWS - BHPetrol Racing Team gains valuable experience at Macau season finale

> NEWS - Managing Expectations at Macau for RL Karting

 

 

Photo Albums:

> AKOC/CIK-FIA KF1 & KF3 Macau finale – Album 1

> AKOC/CIK-FIA KF1 & KF3 Macau finale – Album 2

> AKOC/CIK-FIA KF1 & KF3 Macau finale – Album 3

> AKOC/CIK-FIA KF1 & KF3 Macau finale – Album 4

AKOC/CIK-FIA KF1 & KF3 Macau finale – Album 5

AKOC/CIK-FIA KF1 & KF3 Macau finale – Album 6

 

Malaysia: Formula Drift Asia 2011 season finale in Kuala Lumpur

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Cheryl Tay’s Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 experience

Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Pre-Race Press Conference

Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Interview with Manabu Orido

Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Quick word with Daigo Saito

Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Friday set-up and driver registration

Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Friday’s driver briefing and VIP rides!

Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Official Top 32 qualifying results

Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Full battle bracket results

Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Flying cones, barriers, bumpers, bricks and a wall-riding stunt-like incident

Formula Drift Asia 2011: Driftpac Awards Dinner

 

Photo Albums:

> Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Thursday

> Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Friday

> Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Saturday

> Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Saturday (Album 2)

> Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Sunday

> Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Sunday (Album 2)

> Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Sunday (Album 3)

> Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Sunday Autograph Session

> Formula Drift Asia 2011 – Driftpac Awards Dinner

 

Videos:

> [VIDEO] Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Top 32 battles

> [VIDEO] Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Top 16 battles

> [VIDEO] Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Top 8 battles

> [VIDEO] Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Top 4 battles

> [VIDEO] Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – 3rd/4th placing

> [VIDEO] Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Top 2 final

 

That was my 2011 year in recap – mostly focused on my overseas travel and race coverage… 

 

Here’s to a better 2012!

Cheryl Tay

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