Nothing can describe the feeling of securing victory on home ground at the most prestigious sporting event.
Yuey Tan is the first Singaporean to win Class B of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia on Sunday, a support race to the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix.
All drivers race together but are classified under Overall and Class B, the category for amateurs or gentleman drivers, depending on how they are registered.
This is the 32-year-old’s sixth season and with some birthday luck from his girlfriend Claire Jedrek – also a racing driver – he got his hands on the trophy he has been eyeing for a long time.
“This is the trophy that I want the most badly of all the trophies I have. Being a Singaporean and winning at the home Grand Prix is a special moment and the best feeling in the world,” said Tan after the race.
Round 10 of the Porsche Carrera Cup (Class B). Photo: Sutton Images
His win was not without some drama. Alif Hamdan of Nexus Racing qualified the fastest of the Class B drivers, with Tan second quickest in the category.
However, Alif messed up his start and had a run-in with another driver (Francis Tjia) at Turn 2 sent him falling to the back of the pack. His mistake gave Tan the opportunity to take the lead for Class B, where he stayed for nine of the 10-lap race with Tjia hot on his heels.
While he caught up with Tan and Tjia, another mistale ensued when his car kissed the back of Tjia’s and sent him spinning. Alif went on in pursuit of Tan and eventually caught up on the final lap to become the first Class B driver to cross the finish line. A post-race penalty was unfortunately given to Hamdan for the incident with Tjia, thus pushing him down the order and handing over the victory to Tan.
“I went into the race trying to do the best I can and of course, with an aim to win. Alif is quicker than all of us (in Class B) but anything can happen in motor racing,” said Tan.
“I was under pressure during the race with Tjia so close to me and then I saw Tjia and Hamdan made contact. I didn’t want that to happen to me, so after battling a couple of corners with Alif, I let him go at Turn 14 as he was just too quick. Also, I didn’t want to battle too hard and end up in the wall with precious championship points gone.”
Yuey Tan in his Porsche Carrera. Photo: Sutton Images
“It is a little sad that I won this way – with the penalty to Alif – but my team wanted to take maximum points this weekend and we managed to achieve that. Now we go into the last round with a points gap where everyone can still win the (Class B) title.”
With one more weekend to go in Shanghai next month, it will be a tight battle as Class B points leader Hamdan is only three points ahead of Tjia’s 148. Tan is sitting in third with 146.