Published on August 11th, 2017 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Leona Chin to take MUDAH Racing to another level in motorsports
MUDAH Racing is set to reach another level in motorsports with more programmes and activities. The team, headed by Leona Chin, will be in action this weekend at the inaugural Vios Challenge one-make race in Batu Kawan, Penang.
Leona will be using her experience with her team to present a strong challenge to other rivals at the race which will be held on 12 and 13 August.
While much of her motorsport activity is done in Malaysia, Leona has also competed overseas in Thailand, Singapore and China. Her second overall finish in the Renault Clio Cup China Series last year was the best ever achievement by a female racing driver in Asia.
Cars and motorsports have been a passion for Leona since her teenage years. While she started off just being interested in cars, it was drifting that got her hooked, changing her world as she knew it.
Red Bull was among the first to invite her to join their team, providing her an opportunity to enter the racing world.
The more Leona raced, the more she wanted to experience other forms of motorsport. She has tried rallying, gymkhanas, autocross and go-karting.
“My aim has been to develop myself to be an all-around racer, a jack of all trades. I used to be known as the ‘girl drifter’, but I would like to be known as a motorsport athlete,” Leona said.
In her role as team manager of MUDAH Racing, Leona will be urging her team members to give their best under the high pressure conditions of competition.
“It’s all about not giving up. For me, giving up means I’ve already lost even before I’ve started. It’s all about moving forward and doing the best you can.”
Leona has also gained celebrity status and is often recruited by companies to represent or promote their brand and products. For example, she has an association with Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia which sees her showing off the capabilities of the Triton in different conditions.
Like many racers who have reached a certain stage in their career where they have accumulated much experience, Leona wants to share it with others. Knowing what it’s like to be a newcomer, Leone, with the help of her friends, now organises events that help those interested in motorsport to get a start.
“I want to create an avenue for newcomers to develop the basics of motorsports, just like I did. I want to be able to give them the first steps towards forging a career in racing,” she said.