Singaporean racer Yuey Tan talks to XTRA about performance, reliability and precision—values synonymous with good design.
Please tell us your story.
My name is Yuey Tan and I am a Singaporean racer. I grew up in Adelaide where I was fortunate enough to witness greats in action, such as Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Gerhard Berger who formed the golden era of Formula 1. They inspired me and created my love for the motorsport. Since then, I have always pursued this dream.
What do you love about the sport?
The intense focus, the mental and physical challenges. Being fit, focused and disciplined are amongst the top priorities of driving a racing car. I am glad that I have the privilege of racing in my life. It has taught me discipline and organisation. Everything I have learned from the sport has overflowed into my life in a positive way.
What is a common misconception about racing?
That racers do not need to be fit! The truth is far from it. The massive G-force, vibrations and intense heat (up to 65 degrees celcius) in the car have forced me to keep myself in good physical shape even as I am getting older.
What are your views on the Singapore Grand Prix?
It is one of the most impressive race weekends in the world. I always look forward to racing at home. The fact that it goes through the heart of Singapore’s CBD on a street circuit makes it awesome. It is also great racing fans to get close to the action. I can’t wait to hit the streets of Marina Bay for the 9th consecutive time this year.
What do you do to unwind when you are not racing?
I love staying at home or exercising. I spend a lot of time chilling on the Dedon furniture on my balcony, which I purchased from XTRA over a decade ago. I also enjoy running and mountain biking at the Bukit Timah Hill.
Tell us about your neighbourhood and what you love about it.
I live along the Orchard Road belt. It is such an adventure to live in downtown Singapore. Training in this neighbourhood early in the morning is quite peaceful even though this is Singapore’s busiest street during the day.
What does the idea of a home or living space mean to you?
It’s a place of peace. Although it’s a bit tough in Singapore, I love a bit of empty space to lie around so furniture that saves up space is a massive advantage to have to achieve this goal. Home to me is a beautiful place to go to and coupled with good health for my wife and family – these are my two biggest goals and primary reasons to exist.