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Test drive costs student $70,000 after he crashes sports car

Published on May 11, 2013 8:15 AM
The Spyker C8 Spyder SWB that student Sean Liew Cheng En drove at 240kmh during an invite-only event. -- PHOTO: WWW.BORNRICH.COM

A STUDENT who was given a test drive in a Dutch-made sports car at a private race track will have to pay more than $70,000 in damages after crashing it.

Mr Sean Liew Cheng En drove the Spyker C8 Spyder SWB at 240kmh during the invite-only event at the Singapore Changi Airshow Exhibition Centre.

He had been given a briefing on the vehicle's capabilities and how he should drive it, according to a court judgment published yesterday. But while negotiating a series of turns, the National University of Singapore undergraduate lost control of the car, which spun anti-clockwise, hit the kerb and landed back on the tarmac.

He will have to pay damages to luxury vehicle importer and distributer Auto Palace after the district court found he had driven "at a speed that was non-commensurate with his abilities".

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