Tan has raced in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia since 2008. A Team Jebsen driver, he became the first Singaporean to win the Class B championship in 2015 and this month, he returns to the Singapore Grand Prix in the privateer Class B, as its reigning champion.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE SPORT?
“As a kid, I went to school in Adelaide, Australia, which featured the season finale of the Formula 1 World Championships. I got to see greats such as Senna, Prost, Mansell and Schumacher. It was in the heart of the city, very much like the Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore.”
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES FACED?
“I hope that we will have a circuit that people can race on in the future. The big social advantage of this would definitely be an improvement in road safety, as driving on a circuit can teach people control, allowing them to understand the true dangers of fast driving — something that racing drivers know is not for the road!”
WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING?
“I really enjoy driving cars and the competitive element involved. It gets a little intense at times but that is part of motor racing! Driving cars is pretty fun! Being around people who like to drive as well provides a lot of common topics and makes for very interesting dinner conversations.”