Continuing on our journey with Singaporean PCCA rookie Andrew Tang, we spoke to him after his first official Porsche Carrera Cup Asia test in Shanghai.
The 21 year-old will be coached across the season on rotation by four Porsche star coaches, starting at the recent launch weekend’s Test Days with Earl Bamber. The former two-time Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup champion and 2015 Le Mans winning star is, in many ways the perfect starting coach for Tang having previously come through the equivalent European scheme himself.
Tang will be hoping to emulate Bamber’s impressive career trajectory thus far that has culminated in his appointment, last season, as a full Porsche Works driver.
Pit Talk Asia: How was your most recent test in Shanghai where you finished 2nd overall?
Andrew Tang: I think the test went really well. To be honest, because of all the time I was away from the car, I really didn’t expect do so well during the test – I was just trying to learn as much as I could from Earl Bamber and Craig Baird, my two coaches who were present for the test. I think now I have established a pretty good base so I just need to keep building on it and I think it’ll be a great season!
PTA: You are being coached by Earl Bamber, how is this helping and what have you learnt
AT: Having Earl Bamber is definitely a big help because of all his experience from winning Le Mans and racing for Porsche in Europe. The fact that he also won 2 seasons of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia definitely helps because he really understands the car from racing it previously so to have him to help out is a massive help to me. There is a lot of things to learn from all my coaches (Earl Bamber, Sascha Maassen, Craig Baird and Alexandre Imperatori) so the plan is to just learn as much as I can from all of them and hopefully bring in some great results!
PTA: How is your preparation coming along for the forthcoming season?
AT: Currently, there’s not much time to go testing at the moment because of my commitments to my National Service so I am just keeping my fitness up by going to the gym and going through my usual fitness routines. I believe once I’m done with National Service, I should have ample time to go testing and shake off all the remaining rust and to continue building myself further as a racing driver.