With his sights still on Formula 1, Singaporean karting ace Andrew Tang has made his foray into formula car racing.
After carving a name for himself in professional kart racing since he first tried karting at seven, the 18-year-old competed in his first formula car racing series – the Toyota Racing Series.
The Toyota Racing Series is an intensive five-round championship held over five weeks in New Zealand.
As the first and only Singaporean to compete in this series, Tang raced almost 1,000 kilometres altogether.
Racing with the ETEC Motorsport Team, he finished in the top 10 for four out of 15 races and emerged 15th overall.
“I was looking for a high-calibre race that would take me from professional karting to professional car racing for the first time, which is a huge milestone for me as I continue to work towards achieving my goal of becoming Singapore’s first F1 driver,” said Tang who is currently based in Europe for training and testing in preparation for upcoming races.
Tang is also visiting Formula 1 team McLaren in Woking, United Kingdom for regular physical and mental training.
He has plans to participate in 20 over races in Europe and around the world this year, with the next one being the Formula Renault ALPS championship in Vallelunga, Italy.
Studies are not on hold for Tang, as he balances his studies and training via an online system that his school – St Joseph’s Institution International School – has provided for him.
Parents Mr Tang Siu Kan and Mrs Anita Tang are fully supportive of their son, allowing him to be based abroad to focus on his training.
Mr Tang said, “We will let Andrew go as far as he wants to go in racing, which in this case is F1. We are very supportive of Andrew’s goal to become Singapore’s first F1 driver. He is extremely focused on achieving this goal and we support him fully.”
Going to Europe is highly advisable and recommended for those who are looking to further progress their racing.
Local racing outfit AutoInc Racing’s drivers Amin Noorzilan, Thaddeus Lee and Javier Chng will be headed to Italy this year to take part in some kart races there.
Of the three, Amin will be racing in Italy the most frequently, with a plan of five races between April and October.
15-year-old Amin is the three-time national Junior karting champion in Singapore, winning the Junior category three years in a row.
Amin’s father Noorzilan Ahmad, a 53-year-old technical manager, shared how it was a “tough decision for his wife and himself”.