Malaysian race car driver Weiron Tan opens up about all things racing, family and his road to glory.
After his first race back in 2008, Weiron immediately knew that he was going to pursue motor racing as his career. “It’s the adrenaline rush. No other sport comes close to providing that same sensation,” he says. Today, the 24-year-old has had 25 career wins and 45 podium finishes to his name, and has competed against Formula 1 icons like Fernando Alonso, Jean-Éric Vergne and Jenson Button. Chiseled jawline, Hong-Kong movie star looks and a down-to-earth personality aside, Weiron knows what he wants and no amount of hardship is going to stop his fast track to success.
FEMALE: How would you sum up 2018 in terms of hardship and glory?
Weiron: “Participating in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) has been the biggest leap in my career so far. I learned a lot racing at the pinnacle of endurance racing, and on our debut year, we secured a glorious win at Fuji Speedway and a podium finish at Silverstone. Now standing 3rd in the championship with only just over 10 points from the leader. We have worked so hard and tirelessly, so did the team, and the reward is sweet. We made history by becoming the first ever all-Malaysian/all-Asian line up to win at the WEC. To sum it up, 2018 has been an amazing year!”
F: Out of all the circuits you’ve raced at, which has been your favourite?
W: “At the moment, I’d have to say Le Mans (Circuit de la Sarthe)in France. It was 13km of pure excitement.”
F: Did your family fully support your racing career?
W: “Coming from an Asian family, it’s natural that education always had to come first. As long as I kept my grades up, I could continue racing. That was the deal. I couldn’t be more thankful to have such a supportive family! My dad has taught me many things which has helped me on my journey and I’ll continue to learn new things from him every day. Not forgetting my mum who had to take care of five boys (including my three brothers and dad). I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”
F: Besides racing, what else are you passionate about?
W: “I like skiing and snowboarding – my family and I go on annual ski trips to Hakuba, Japan, at the end of every year. It’s a great way for all of us to meet up and spend time together.”
F: What does the tattoo on your arm symbolise?
W: “It’s a family crest, it symbolises the unity of my family. My family will always come first no matter what happens in the world or to me.”