Fast and Fu­ri­ous

Porsche Car­rera Cup racer Yuey Tan and wife, Claire Je­drek, Sin­ga­pore’s only fe­male racer, tell Men’s Fo­lio why they love life in the fast lane. By Lance Lim Pho­tog­ra­phy Ivanho Har­lim & Shysilia Novita Styling Ti­tien Wang

Men's Folio (Singapore) - - Con­tents -

Porsche Car­rera Cup racer Yuey Tan and wife, Claire Je­drek, tell us why they love life in the fast lane

What drew you to this adren­a­line- pump­ing, tire- burn­ing sport?

Yuey Tan: I’ve al­ways had a huge love for cars since I could walk and talk. How­ever, it was in Ade­laide, from 1985 to 1995, where I saw many world cham­pi­ons crowned, in­clud­ing my child­hood idols Ayr­ton Senna and Michael Schu­macher. That was the golden era of For­mula 1. Shortly af­ter, I started to race in the Porsche Car­rera Cup Asia in 2008. Also, when there was talk of the Ma­rina Bay Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix in 2006, it got me ex­cited to be a part of the big leagues. To race that cir­cuit was merely a dream and it made me more de­ter­mined than ever to try and get into Asia’s Premier Mo­tor­sport se­ries. Claire Je­drek: I think many sports that push the edge are per­son­al­ity based and I am al­ways up for a good chal­lenge. I started rac­ing much later than most and it is not al­ways easy. But rac­ing ap­peals to me, and the op­por­tu­nity to do so came in 2013.

What’s the best part about rac­ing?

CJ: The ex­cite­ment and pos­si­bly the un­cer­tainty. The amount of work you put in doesn’t al­ways yield the per­fect re­sults. There’re so many things – weather, the set­ting of the car, your men­tal state – that can ei­ther go right or wrong. All th­ese can af­fect how well I do that day. But hav­ing the knowl­edge, hon­ing it, and us­ing it is ex­cit­ing to me.

Any life les­son learnt on the race­track?

YT: Never give up! A very fa­mous quote from one of For­mula 1’s

com­men­ta­tors Mur­ray Walker is “Any­thing can hap­pen in mo­tor rac­ing. And it usu­ally does.” The com­bi­na­tion of a com­plex ma­chine and an even more com­plex hu­man be­ing can make many vari­ables go wrong, so mak­ing sure that noth­ing goes wrong isn’t easy! Ran­dom stuff hap­pens all of the time, so never give up be­cause you never know what will hap­pen next.

Is life equally ex­cit­ing off the race­track?

YT: Ab­so­lutely! There are so many fan­tas­tic things about life, and if you don’t stop to en­joy them, they will be gone be­fore you know it. We only live once, so it’s im­por­tant that we en­joy life in­side and out­side of the car. I like to play all sorts of sports and take part in all sorts of com­pe­ti­tion. I am ex­tremely lucky to have the op­por­tu­nity to race pro­fes­sion­ally. CJ: Life is what you want it to be. For me, it’s ex­cit­ing and I’m en­joy­ing ev­ery bit. I’ve learnt to trea­sure the quiet mo­ments alone with Yuey, friends, and fam­ily. Things are fast paced, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t think we have time to mull around and we make sure that we keep our­selves busy.

What’s in the pipe­line?

CJ & YT: Soon, we will be host­ing and driv­ing to­gether in Cam­bo­dia for a true Porsche ex­pe­ri­ence with the Porsche Ad­ven­ture Drive. It will be where driv­ers get to push the lim­its of Porsche Cayenne and Ma­can in ex­treme off- road con­di­tions. It’s such a treat, and we are very ex­cited to be a part of it.

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