It’s pring time

Host and ra­dio DJ Joyce Pring talks about her other pas­sion when she’s away from the mi­cro­phone - rac­ing - with some thoughts that can in­spire other women to go be­hind the wheel.

HWM (Philippines) - - Feature - Text by The HWM Team Art Di­rec­tion by Vic­tor Felix Pul­gar “Never back down and keep push­ing to break boundaries.”

1. Let us talk about one of your in­ter­ests which is rac­ing. When did you start re­al­iz­ing that rac­ing is your pas­sion?

“I was a host for the fi­nal race of Vios Cup Sea­son 2 and I re­ally en­joyed watch­ing all the cars go at it. I was at­tracted by the idea of how the sport is so phys­i­cally and men­tally chal­leng­ing. Even­tu­ally when I started go­ing to rac­ing school, get­ting in the car, and ac­tu­ally be­ing able to drive around the track, I had re­al­ized that it was an ab­so­lutely fas­ci­nat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to bal­ance both adren­a­line and calm - I fell in love.”

2. Who or what has in­spired you to en­ter rac­ing?

“The stigma that women can’t drive well just straight up an­noys me so I wanted to prove to my­self, and to any­body who doubted, that women can be great driv­ers, some­times even bet­ter than men. Although above that, I’m al­ways in­spired to take on new chal­lenges and ad­ven­tures; I feel like it’s how I build my char­ac­ter and feed my per­son­al­ity healthily so I’m al­ways up to try some­thing new.”

3. Tell us some­thing about your most mem­o­rable rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It would be dif­fi­cult to pick just one but I re­mem­ber the first check­ered flag I ever crossed. The feel­ing was in­cred­i­ble and my coaches were ex­tremely proud of me for not only fin­ish­ing, but fin­ish­ing strong. There’s a sense of achieve­ment when you over­come some­thing you had once felt could over­come you. That was some­thing I’m re­ally proud of.”

4. There has been a trend in which women are pen­e­trat­ing and dom­i­nat­ing the rac­ing scene. What are your thoughts about this trend?

“It’s in­evitable and about darn time.”

5. What is your dream car and why do you want it? Or what are the best five cars for you?

“I thor­oughly en­joyed driv­ing the (Porsche) 911, so maybe that and a Range Rover Evoque for ev­ery­day city driv­ing.”

6. What is your ad­vice to other women who are as­pir­ing to be­come a racer?

“My ad­vice to women I don’t want to limit to just car rac­ing - to any woman out there who as­pires to be suc­cess­ful and over­come fields in which women are doubted: never back down and keep push­ing to break boundaries. Any­thing is pos­si­ble when we fo­cus on what we can achieve in­stead of what could go wrong. Aim for ab­so­lute ex­cel­lence and take courage; pas­sions bear fruit when they are part­nered with un­in­ter­rupted pur­pose. Also - don’t for­get to have fun and look cute while you’re at it.”

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