Motor racing: Yuey Tan poised to be Singapore's 1st Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Class B champ

Yuey Tan ended the last two Class B seasons in second place, but now leads the standings with just four races remaining.
Yuey Tan ended the last two Class B seasons in second place, but now leads the standings with just four races remaining.PHOTO COURTESY OF YUEY TAN

Leader of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Class B table could finish as first S'porean champion

Before Marina Bay is lit up for Formula One's mechanical beasts this weekend, the spotlight will be on a Singaporean who is close to becoming the country's first Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA) champion.

Going into the penultimate leg of the popular F1 support race series, Yuey Tan holds a 17-point lead over Macau's Wayne Shen in Class B .

No Singapore-born racer has finished atop the second tier - which is for semi-professionals and serious amateurs - or the elite Class A.

Veteran Ringo Chong of Team Kangshun, the only other Singaporean in Class B this season, is 10th in the table, 104 points adrift of Tan.

Representing Hong Kong-based Team Jebsen, Tan has been consistent in the 300kmh Porsche 911 GT3, recording five podium finishes in 10 races this season.

Though the 33-year-old has yet to win a race, his strategy has been to rack up points rather than to take risks and be too fast and too furious.

"In the past, I was overly aggressive and tried to win every race - it cost me precious points as I ended up not finishing several times," said Tan, who finished second in Class B for the last two seasons for Dorr Havelock Racing.

This year, Tan and Shen are the only drivers in the 19-man competition to collect points in every race. The top three finishers earn 20, 18 and 16 points respectively.

The Marina Bay Street Circuit will host two PCCA races, on Saturday and Sunday. Last year's single race was won by Tan but - in keeping with his conservative approach - taking the chequered flag this time is not the top priority.

"I'm leading the championship so it won't make sense to take too many chances," the eight-year PCCA veteran explained. "I just (need) to keep collecting points as I have been doing this year."

It has been a season to remember for Tan, who spent his early years in Adelaide before returning home to undergo national service.

In July, he finished third in the Class B Porsche Carrera Cup 24 Hours of Spa, earning an invitation to the one-off event by virtue of leading the standings.

He was the first Singaporean to race at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium.

Besides silverware, Tan is also driving for his future as his contract with Jebsen ends this season.

Winning the title will likely mean an extension and, more significantly, a possible promotion to Class A, where the lap times are around 1.5 seconds quicker.

To get there, he has to score well on home soil, as well as the final two races in Shanghai at the end of next month.

Tan said: "Every point I pick up takes me closer to making history for Singapore."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2015, with the headline 'Tan poised to win historic title'. Print Edition | Subscribe