The end of the season for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is near. Come 30 October, Shanghai will play host to the last two rounds of races that will wrap up the entire season. Yuey Tan, our very own Singaporean race driver, currently sits at the top of the table, but only by the skin of his teeth.
The 33-year-old encountered plenty of challenges at last month's Singapore Formula One, Marina Bay Circuit. Despite racking up a blistering qualifying time which saw Tan flagging off in pole position during the Class B Championship, it was the first time in his seven years of racing where his luck ran out. Disaster struck just two laps from the end of the race. Smoke billowed from the rear engine of the GT3 Cup Car, prompting him to pull over his car. The cause? A rock from the road had flung up into the alternator belt, causing the belt to shred and the water pump to trip. Needless to say, the car sustained significant damages.
The highs and lows of any competitive sport could not prepare Tan for the disappointment he faced on his home turf, where the pressure to perform was immense. With words of encouragement from sponsors Jebsen, Exquisite Marques, Leica and Tresor Diamonds, his disappointment was shared equally with his racing team, family, friends and fans from the region. Never one to shy away from an uphill challenge, his racing team worked relentlessly throughout the evening to install a new engine and replace other parts.
Despite a shaky start to the races at the Singapore Formula One, Marina Bay Circuit, Tan's engine blowout in his Saturday race did not hold him back from powering on. The comeback kid wrapped up the race on Sunday with a podium finish. Memorable to say the least, this was a weekend that would go down in the 33-year-old's memoir in years to come. All eyes will no doubt be on Tan as he gears up for the final races of the season in Shanghai.