Win­ning For­mula

Life­style con­nois­seurs from The Rac­ing Club got to ex­pe­ri­ence the For­mula 1 Chi­nese Grand Prix in Shang­hai

Hong Kong Tatler - - Tatler Focus -

For sports and car en­thu­si­asts alike, the F1 World Cham­pi­onships are a spec­ta­cle of speed and skill, and a chance to see it live is a highly sought-af­ter op­por­tu­nity. The Rac­ing Club, part of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, of­fered its young rac­ing en­thu­si­asts the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence it in per­son at the For­mula 1 Chi­nese Grand Prix that took place in Shang­hai from April 10 to 13.

On race day, the pit build­ing fea­tured su­per-screens op­po­site the main grand­stand. Mem­bers ex­pe­ri­enced the pulse-pound­ing ex­cite­ment, with plenty of tricky turns, as they watched Lewis Hamil­ton set the fastest lap on his way to a fourth ca­reer victory in China.

Dur­ing the tour, mem­bers were given nu­mer­ous be­hind-the-scenes glimpses into the world-fa­mous event, in­clud­ing an op­por­tu­nity to visit the pit lane, where rac­ing teams made last-minute prepa­ra­tions.

Mem­bers got to warm up be­fore the race day with a visit to the newly opened BMW Brand Ex­pe­ri­ence Cen­tre in Pudong, the first of such fa­cil­i­ties in Shang­hai by the famed Ger­man au­tomaker. Some of the mem­bers even took test drives of the lat­est mod­els.

Also on the itin­er­ary was a tour of Shang­hai Volk­swa­gen, a Sino-ger­man joint ven­ture ca­pa­ble of man­u­fac­tur­ing 450,000 units a year—the largest out­put among its coun­ter­parts in China. Mem­bers learned how cars were made from scratch as well as the pro­found role played by China in the in­dus­try.

Be­yond the as­phalt on the race­track, mem­bers of The Rac­ing Club switched gears and spent a fun-filled morn­ing at the Chi­nese Eques­trian As­so­ci­a­tion’s Shang­hai Eques­trian Cen­tre. Then they vis­ited Mead­ow­brook Eques­trian and Ru­ral Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre to en­joy a sump­tu­ous brunch and a bit of horse­back rid­ing.

The trip to Shang­hai for four days of rac­ing ex­cite­ment was just one of many ex­pe­ri­ences through The Rac­ing Club, where the young elite can join a com­mu­nity of like­minded en­thu­si­asts and build friend­ships that go be­yond the race­track.

Adren­a­line rush From top: The race­track for the For­mula 1 Chi­nese Grand Prix in Shang­hai; mem­bers of

The Rac­ing Club got to tour the Mead­ow­brook Eques­trian

and Ru­ral Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre

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