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Local racer Gerald Tan partners LTM Performance for Time Attack and touring car races

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.

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Gerald Tan judges CTMC2! Racing Angels audition

Gerald Tan was recently invited to be on the judging panel for the audition for the CTMC2! Racing Angels team. CTMC2! Racing Angels is an all-female team that will be competing in the inaugural OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge 2011. It is part of CTMC2! Racing – a racing initiative by prominent motorsports personality Cheryl Tay and MindCHIC Club! (MC²!), a sports and hobby community platform.

Financially supported by MC²! and managed by Cheryl Tay, these two teams sponsored under the umbrella of CTMC2! Racing – CTMC2! Racing Stars, an all-male team and CTMC2! Racing Angels, an all-female team, will be racing in the OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge 2011, a four-hour kart endurance race series to be held at Kartright Speedway.

Gerald has been coaching at the last two Ladies’ Night @Kartright, a monthly female-only karting session organised and hosted by Cheryl Tay with the objective of promoting motorsports and attracting more ladies into the testosterone-heavy sport.

With Gerald’s expertise in endurance racing, he was a highly valuable asset for the five-person judging panel as he is familiar with endurance racing and what it entails from a driver.

23 ladies turned up for the audition that was held on 28th April 2011 at 7.00 pm at Kartright Speedway. The criteria included attitude (20%), overall driving skills (20%), handling & control (20%), racing line (10%), speed (10%), theory (10%) and presentation (10%).

The evening started with a short 12-question quiz to test their general motorsport knowledge, before heading to the track for the driving part. The format was similar to all previous Ladies’ Night lessons – practice, qualifying and then a 10-lap race for the overall fastest 10. This time however, the race was started in reverse grid.

A reverse grid means having the fastest in qualifying start at the back, eg. Whoever scores pole position will start in last place, second fastest starts in ninth place and so on. Having a reverse grid will test how good they are at their racecraft, at overtaking and making their way to the front.

The night turned out to be a real aggressive session, probably the fiercest since Ladies’ Night @Kartright was created. A lot of surprises as well as crashes were witnessed. Finally, after a full day of decision-making, the final six selected for CTMC2! Racing Angels are (in no particular order):

1. Cheryl Tay
2. Lemna Parvini Sani
3. Doris Suresh
4. Michelle Kuek
5. Goh May San
6. Nazilah Abd Rahim

There were many good candidates and the judges had to keep reminding themselves that it was an endurance race they were looking at. Cool, calm, steady and consistent were the key factors, along with the fitness to last the endurance race.

Comments from the judges:

Lemna Parvini Sani – Very fast and composed; managing to stay out of trouble to win the race.

Doris Suresh – Her background in karting is evident throughout, giving her opponents racing space while strategising her next move. A dependable driver for an endurance race!

Michelle Kuek – Although she had problems with her kart, she fought back quickly and managed to clock a great time during the race, catching up lap after lap.

Goh May San – Her bravery and aggression won us over, especially how she diced and sliced during the race. Her fitness will play an advantage in the four-hour endurance race.

Nazilah Abd Rahim – Very consistent and stable driver with the ability to drive without drama, a big plus point for a long distance race.

Cheryl Tay – She showed significant improvement quickly and has the aggression needed in a race karter. She may be the organiser, but she has earned her place in the team.

Gerald will continue to play an integral role in CTMC2! Racing Angels, as driver coach to the six ladies as they embark on their journey to The Race in August. He will also be coaching at the next Ladies’ Night @Kartright session in June.

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Gerald Tan coaches at Ladies’ Night @Kartright

The third Ladies’ Night @Kartright was more successful than ever, with the ladies having much fun and enjoying themselves immensely.

Created by prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay with the objective of attracting more women into motorsports, Ladies’ Night @Kartright is an initiative supported by MIndCHIC Club and 9tro. A monthly event held at Kartright Speedway, Ladies’ Night @Kartright also serves as a platform for Cheryl to select members for her female-only kart racing team, CTMC2! Racing Angels, for the OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge 2011.

Coached by our very own Singaporean touring car racer Gerald Tan, the evening started off with an introduction before a theory lesson.

Gerald was great with the women, addressing their queries and making them laugh, creating a friendly atmosphere.

Once the classroom must-do was out of the way, the ladies were sent for the mandatory safety briefing by Kartright Speedway before going out for practice.

Something new for the class: Gerald led each group out for an orientation lap, where he showed them the right racing line so that they could follow it later. This also bought time for the ladies to warm up to the karts and also to know the track.

After two laps, Gerald came back in so that they could go off with their practice.

Thereafter, Gerald was on hand to continuously to correct the ladies and also answer any queries they had about their race craft.

“I applaud these ladies for stepping up to this platform and taking up motorsports. It’s not a world for men only and more women should come out and get on the track. I had a great experience and I look forward to the next session,” said Gerald.

Gerald will be coaching at the next Ladies’ Night @Kartright on 21st April. To register, sign up at www.mindchicdeal.com. For more information, log on to www.cheryl-tay.com/event.

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Gerald featured in the inaugural issue of iR:

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Gerald goes on The Straits Times!

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Gerald Tan finishes 3rd in class at 24H Dubai 2011!

“I am ecstatic about this win as it my first podium at an international endurance event. The best part is this is my maiden appearance and my team managed to finish on the podium! Absolutely fantastic results!” said a thrilled Gerald.

“24-hour racing really tests both man and machine to the limit. It was a wonderful experience and I am very blessed to have team-mates Keong Liam, Gunther and Marco with me. The podium would not have been possible without their brilliant drives! I am also delighted to have worked with Frank, Kerry, Gordon and Kent from Midway Motorsport – they are the best pit crews one can hope for. Great job all round!” he added.

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