Singapore, 20 May 2011 – Singaporean Gerald Tan has teamed up with local automotive workshop Lim Tan Motor (LTM) Performance Singapore to compete in Time Attack races as well as touring car races such as the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) this weekend. The partnership got off to an official winning start two weeks ago at the MPT Time Attack held at Sepang International Circuit where the 28-year-old set the Fastest Time of the Day (FTD) of 2:27.4 minutes in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X prepared by LTM Performance. This marks Gerald’s sixth consecutive podium finish in all the races he has taken part in over the last half year.
LTM Performance Singapore is the performance-focused arm for LTM Pte Ltd, with trained and skilled mechanics who are specialists in different fields, to cater to the different racing and performance needs. Gerald will be lending his proven race expertise in Time Attack races, endurance races and sprint races to LTM, helping them to set up race cars as well as giving driver coaching to LTM customers. Providing the race car and crew support for Gerald at pre-determined races, this is part of LTM’s long-term plan to prepare for the upcoming Changi Motorsports Hub.
At the MSS this weekend, Gerald will be leading the LTM Performance Singapore team, the only fully Singaporean team participating in the Touring Car class, with the LTM-prepared Honda DC5 race car that is making its official debut. “I hope to be able to compete in the full season of MSS with LTM Performance Singapore. This is a wonderful opportunity for me, to be able to race with a Singaporean team and hopefully bring motorsport honours back to Singapore,” Gerald commented.
During the MPT Time Attack where Gerald brilliantly won the 4WD Turbo Semi-Slick class and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X one-make class, the FTD he set was also a new record for the series. It was his first time driving the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR and there were some problems at the start – boost cut, surging and suspension setup issues. Only managing to do one clean practice lap with a time of 2:31 minutes, Gerald returned to the pits to give valuable feedback to the crew, asking for a ride height change together with adjustments to the rebound setting of the suspension.
“The LTM Performance crew worked hard and fast to make the changes and I finally managed to get back out on the track for the Time Attack. The changes made to the suspension settings improved the time greatly and I clocked 2:27.4 minutes, four seconds faster than practice. Looking forward, with a bit more fine tuning, I’m confident that the car can go even faster,” Gerald added.