SINGAPORE: He was the first Singaporean to win the Toyota Racing Series last year and now Andrew Tang is set to become the first racer from Singapore to participate in Class A of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia next year.
Tang is on track to be part of the established racing series after it was announced on Monday (Dec 21) that he beat out more than 100 racers across the region to join the first Porsche China Junior programme. The 21-year-old will receive a sponsorship worth RMB 1 million (about S$220,000) and he will be given professional coaching and training to gear up for the Class A races from April.
Singaporean racer Andrew Tang in the 2014 Toyota Racing Series (Photo: Andrew Tang's Facebook page)
The Porsche Carrera Cup is a one-make sports car racing series. The Class A category is meant for full-fledged professionals. The Class B category is for privateers who need to pay for their own race expenses. Singaporean Yuey Tan made history this year by winning the Class B championship.
Tang, who will wrap his National Service stint next year, hopes to use his big break as a stepping stone to reach his goal to compete in the prestigious Le Mans Series, which is the world's oldest sports car endurance race.
"Everyone needs to start from somewhere, and this is a great platform to start from, because I'm surrounded by all the professionals who've been around the sport for a long time and they know what it takes to reach the top,” he said. “So they can really teach me the ways and hopefully I can learn from all of them and put it into action."