Speed is just a number for Weiron Tan. He looks at speed fearlessly while enjoying the excitement, which is what made him stand out among the others and making him a successful race car driver.
Weiron Tan | Professional Racing Driver
Having broken multiple individual and group records, Weiron has done it once again last year when he and his teammates Jazeman Jaafar, and Nabil Jeffri won the World Endurance Championship (WEC) under the LMP2 grouping. This win was a historical win as his team was the first all-Asian team to become champion. This has been a boost to his fame in the international racing scene. Currently he is not only a driver for the Audi Sport Asia team, he also spends a significant portion of his time coaching other drivers by sharing his experience, techniques and knowledge.
Q: How did you get started as a race car driver?
A: It started when I was 13 years old, my brothers and I went go-karting on a Sunday, and I had a lot of fun. My dad was watching from the grandstand where he observed that even without guidance or proper coaching, I was following the right racing lines, I was doing quite well. From there, I got my first second-hand go-kart which I had 2-3 hours of practice on Sundays. Then I decided that I wanted to compete in races, and I began winning in Malaysia, then in Asia, before going to Europe, that was how my career began.
Q: What was your biggest challenge?
A: Time management. Because I am very occupied with races, coaching and the other works, being able to find the time for my family is the biggest challenge.
Q: What is speed to you?
A: Speed is just a number. It’s not something that I am afraid of, not something that I think too much about. Driving at high speed has a nice feeling.
Q: What was the turning point in your career?
A: I would say 2016, it was the worst year for my career. It was a turbulent year for my sponsors, so they had no choice but to pull out, and I had to move back to Malaysia from the United States and from Europe. Basically, I had to build my career from the ground up again, that taught me to be more independent, and to think outside the box. It was the worst time for me, but it also taught me a lot.
Q: How would you define success?
A: I’m a strong believer in hard work and perseverance. Without these two elements, I don’t think anyone can be successful.
Q: What is your plan for the future?
A: It’s funny, I mean just like everyone else, we will try to plan our future and we always have a goal to achieve, and we do our best to achieve that, but in reality, you never really see yourself going through the steps you imagined. Even though life sometimes takes a turn, eventually you still get there. I do have a bigger goal, apart from my racing career, I want to change the motorsport industry in Malaysia, I want to help grow this industry by having the younger generation learn about this sport.
Q: What are the characteristics of successful man?
A: You must be crazy and you have to be nuts, think outside the box! I wouldn’t say I’m successful because there is still a lot more to come. I did quite well for the last few years, but it’s never enough, I want to achieve higher, you must be wild and be crazy to achieve success.
Q: How do you improve yourself?
A: Through trial and error. I believe in failure, because those who never fail in their lives, do not know how to deal with it and when they do fail, they will be in trouble, they don’t know how to come back. I think people should accept and embrace failure and learn from it, don’t be ashamed of failing.
Q: What is your expectation for a good life?
A: It is very subjective. Obviously, people would think money will give you a good quality of life, for me it’s the love for the family and friends you have around, and the love they give you in return.
Q: Apart from racing cars, what cars do you like?
A: Audi RS 6. It is a station wagon, it can fit a lot of things, the family can fit in while having enough power to get you from A to B.
Interview & Text: Alison Law
Styling: Anderson Chong
Makeup: Zoeys Chen
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