Two drivers flying Singapore’s flag in support races
BY CHERYL TAY
The New Paper
21 September 2011
THIS week’s SingTel Singapore Grand Prix is not only about the main race and the star-studded line-up of entertainment acts.
Other than the night race at the Marina Bay street circuit and the entertaining performances at the Padang, there are also the support races that the fans can look forward to.
Support races are other tiers of motorsports below Formula One held on the same weekend as the Grand Prix.
At the inaugural SingTel Singapore Grand Prix in 2008, seven local drivers took part in support races.
Flying Singapore’s flag in the support races this weekend are two drivers – Ringo Chong and Yuey Tan.
The Singaporean duo will be racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA), one of two support race series.
The other support race series is the JK Racing Asia series, formerly known as the Formula BMW Pacific series.
Chong and Tan raced in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup at the 12-hour Merdeka Millenium Endurance Race in Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia last weekend to prepare for the PCCA this weekend.
Chong, 45, has raced at every SingTel Singapore Grand Prix and emerged victorious in the Aston Martin Asia Cup(Amac) round in 2009.
That year, he took part in two support races – the Amac and the PCCA. The Amac has since been scrapped.
“Racing at home is always something very special and the entire F1 atmosphere is unlike anywhere else in Asia,” said Chong.
“I achieved my childhood dream of winning on home ground in 2009 and, as a Singaporean, nothing beats getting support from friends at home.
“It would be good to have more local drivers join us to fly our flag though.”
For Tan, 29, it will be his third time driving on home soil.
“Driving in front of an F1 crowd and being part of the whole atmosphere is awesome,” said Tan.
“I think having support races at F1 weekends is a great idea, as it will do a lot for motorsport education and teach fans about the other levels of motor racing below Formula One.
“Motorsport is not just about F1 and this is something I hope the Singaporean motorsport community is aware of.”
There is a third racer driving in Singapore colours – Mok Weng Sun, who is a Malaysian, but has been living in Singapore for more than 40 years.
He will compete with a Singaporean racing licence and a Singapore-registered team – Team PCS (Porsche Club Singapore) Racing.