RACING IS LIFE
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!