EDI­TOR’S NOTE

RAC­ING IS LIFE

Wheels Asia - - Wheels asia october 2016 -

It’s been a ter­ri­bly long month for me, per­son­ally. Apart from the usual tor­rent of work emails, I was scur­ry­ing around the is­land, at­tend­ing press launches, meet­ing clients and busy at­tend­ing events, such as the an­nual Sin­ga­pore Air­lines Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix, which has just passed us in the blink of an eye.

This year’s For­mula 1 night race has made sev­eral key sta­tis­tics, such as the 100% safety car ap­pear­ance in the sport, as well as the lack of rain on race night it­self. These have been stand­ing facts since the very first race here on our soil back in 2008, when then-re­nault driver, Fer­nando Alonso clinched vic­tory, al­beit a scan­dal that was un­cov­ered by FIA and the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

Fast for­ward to 2015, I got my first blurred selfie with Alonso and then just a few weeks ago, I had the cov­eted op­por­tu­nity to get a proper, steady selfie shot with him. As shal­low as it sounds, he is a tal­ent race driver that I be­lieve, should re­main in the sport be­cause with­out the Spa­niard, For­mula 1 would be left to the en­tails of rich folks who are gain­ing an up­per hand at com­mand­ing ma­jor rac­ing di­rec­tives. How­ever in other news, I got lucky with a shot along­side the win­ning 2016 Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix ma­chine, Nico Ros­berg’s W06 Hy­brid!

In this par­tic­u­lar is­sue of Wheels Asia, we have care­fully as­sem­bled and pieced to­gether a se­ri­ous is­sue, full of mo­tor­sport con­tent. Yes, we had the grate­ful op­por­tu­nity to drive some of the most ex­cit­ing cars on the planet, such as the one on cover, hail­ing from a part of the United King­dom, Wok­ing in Sur­rey, where Mclaren builds their finest sports cars for the world. We climbed into the cock­pit of the 650S Spi­der and I found it hard to ex­press my ut­ter joy and con­tent­ment while driv­ing it. In fact, I was re­luc­tant to re­turn it to the right­ful au­thor­i­ties, but I had to catch a flight to Sepang In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit to catch the ex­cit­ing Audi R8 LMS Cup race.

We had the op­por­tu­nity to catch hold of one of the ris­ing motorsports tal­ents in Asia, Sin­ga­pore’s very own An­drew Tang, a whizz who has been chock­ing up vic­to­ries from his kart­ing days and to­day, he is set­ting his sights on win­ning the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia ti­tle. We also get be­hind the scenes with For­mula 1’s glitzy and glam­orous life­style at the Mercedes AMG Petronas hospi­tal­ity suite where spon­sors toast to cham­pagne while tak­ing in the speed that is hap­pen­ing around them.

We haven’t for­got­ten our read­ers who are still scour­ing for their des­tined set of wheels and we can hap­pily re­port that we’ve driven the glo­ri­ous Bent­ley Bentayga, the su­perb Audi A4 2.0 quattro, the sur­pris­ingly de­cent BMW 730i and the bang-for-buck, Kia Cerato Forte K3. In our two-wheeler seg­ment, we present the Ri­d­ley He­lium RS; the brand it­self be­ing a rar­ity on lo­cal roads. We also got the low­down with Richie Porte, a do­mes­tique rider who we think, is big­ger than what meets the eye.

Time to get that en­gine crank­ing and tyres spin­ning, lets go!

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