Cheryl Tay’s Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 experience

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In between giving out my CHERYL TAY stickers to the drivers and pressing the shutter, I managed to catch up with some friends as well as do a bit of shopping at the Hypertune booth (they have this really great range of t-shirts which I will blog about another time). 


Here are some photos of me hard at work over the weekend to ensure that I bring you the best coverage of the event!


I flew in on Thursday morning and headed straight to the press conference held at the Hibiscus ballroom of DoubleTree by Hilton (a most beautiful and comfortable hotel). The great Manabu Orido was there with his usual striking image and with the help of dear Robbie Nishida, I interviewed Orido:


Friday started early as the drivers come in for registration and fill up the pits. I was helping Jeremy out with registration as he could do with some help!



And then I sat among the drivers during their briefing – just being ‘extra’!


I got a nice cap from PerfectEdge Photography, the official photographers for the event:


While waiting for the track to be cleared after an incident, I went to the spotters’ corner to talk to Yu Han and Suk Vui and then I spotted this cute ‘OVERDRIVE’ keychain hanging on Pan’s backpack (Pan is one of the drivers from the M150 Overdrive Team who was being a spotter for his team-mates as his car recently met with an incident during practice and hence he could not compete in FDMY). I silently took it out without him realising, but at the last part when I had to yank it off the zip he felt it and turned around! Oops. I returned it to him of course – I wasn’t intending to steal it proper, was just having some fun! But guess what? The kind soul gave it to me as a gift!


The whole ‘stealing’ process was filmed by Motor Tracks so I’m gonna end up as a ‘thief’ in their next DVD – oh oh! :p


Suk Vui is this really nice lady from Sabah who makes the effort to go down to every FD round just to watch, as she is such a fan of drifting. She especially loves the PTT dinosaurs that they give away at autograph sessions and with my help, she brought home like 10 of them! Before the weekend, she sent me a message in Facebook to tell me that she’s bringing a huge bag to house those dinosaurs home. 


This is Suk Vui…


… and look at how happily she was, helping herself to the dinosaurs!


I think she even brought back some non-inflated ones that she can blow up when she gets home. I only have one pink PTT dinosaur personally autographed by Joe and that’s about it. I have to admit that it is a rather cute souvenir by PTT and great with the kids!


Have you seen my shots from Formula Drift Malaysia 2011?


Go on to the next post then…

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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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