Tan looks forward to Spa treatment

Yuey Tan, who leads Class B of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series, will be the first Singaporean to drive on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
Yuey Tan, who leads Class B of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series, will be the first Singaporean to drive on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.ST FILE PHOTO

Yuey Tan will become the first Singaporean to compete on the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium this weekend when he races in the Porsche Carrera Cup 24 Hours of Spa.

The 45-minute race is a lead-up to the historic Total 24 Hours of Spa endurance race on Saturday.

Tan had earned his spot for the one-off event in Belgium because he currently leads the Class B category of the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series.

The 33-year-old, a member of Team Jebsen, joins Kamlung Racing's Chris van der Drift in the invitation-only event.

Both drivers from the Hong Kong-based teams will compete with 53 other international racers, including some of the best Carrera Cup drivers around the globe.

They include two-time Category B Porsche Carrera Cup France champion, Christophe Lapierre.

Tan said: "This is the first time a support race has invited the best from each region to compete.

"It is a big privilege to share the track with world-class racers."

The president of the Singapore Motor Sports Association, Leslie Chang, welcomed the news of Tan's breakthrough.

He said: "It may take a long time to see another Singaporean on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. It is not easy to have talent, put in hard work and get sponsors at the same time. But Yuey has managed to put all that together."

While Tan is not familiar with Spa's iconic layout - famous for its Eau Rouge chicane - he remains positive he can tackle the 20 turns of the 7.004km track.

"This will be good exposure for me," he said. " I think it is good to lose in a big league than win in a small league."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 24, 2015, with the headline 'Tan looks forward to Spa treatment'. Print Edition | Subscribe