Professional motorsport athlete and Carpit Malaysia ambassador, Leona Chin. Pix by Saifullizan Tamadi

On the fast lane

IN WHAT WAY HAS THE DIGITAL AGE ASSISTED US IN THE PURSUIT OF OUR GOALS?
Aside from being able to gain information that is beneficial to our self-improvement faster, I think it has helped industries/corporations to grow at a rapid rate, especially in terms of sales and branding.

Given the massive development of Internet technology, promotional campaigns for a particular product or service can be tackled more seamlessly than before thanks to the existing tools and applications available.

Also, it has made businesses become more competitive to be the best and shortens the journey of a consumer’s decision with everything being digitalised and on-demand.

Personally I feel there should be an emphasis for brands (old and new) to have a digital presence in order to succeed today.

BEING IN MOTORSPORT, HOW HAS TECHNOLOGY EMPOWERED YOUR CAREER?
It does help me prepare myself thoroughly before I go on a big race. I would usually spend most of my time on a simulator console and set my training on a track that is similar to the real one that I am scheduled to race with exact car specs that I will be driving.

It allows me to visualise and adapt to the actual racing experience better. Apart from that, technology (in some ways) does aid in brushing up my racing skills.

There are applications that analyse a racer’s performance. For instance, there is this platform called RaceChrono – it is essentially a lap timer and data-logging tool that can be used for closed circuit monitoring or special stage tracks to improve lap times.

The traditional way of doing so is definitely more tedious where you have to key in the data (where the accuracy is less certain) manually.

SO DO YOU RACE IN GAME PLAY AS WELL?
For sure! Assetto Corsa is one video game (PC and console) that’s great because it is designed with a real emphasis on realistic racing experience.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO RACING?
Well, I always had a fascination with cars and motorsport since high school. My first car was a fastback rear-wheel drive Nissan 180SX that my mother got me after gaining my driving licence.

It was a standard car but I remember actually bringing it to a workshop to have it modified to my liking.

After having met with a friend who is a drifter and learning a few tricks from him, I found myself joining events and competitions after a few steady encouragements, which led me to where I am today.

YOU WERE RECENTLY INTRODUCED AS THE AMBASSADOR OF A NEWLY LAUNCHED CAR SERVICE APPLICATION, CARPIT. COULD YOU SHARE WITH US MORE ABOUT IT?
As ambassador, my role is to advocate on road safety. Firstly, with our tight work schedules, we usually tend to push all our service plans aside.

So the platform aims at encouraging motorists to frequently check up on their tyre conditions while doing it at the convenience of their time.

Tyre failure is considered as the major cause of road crashes and having this kind of application launched is definitely useful especially knowing that the statistics of accidents in our country are on the rise.

SMARTPHONES ARE CONSIDERED A BANE WHILE BEHIND THE WHEEL. WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE DRIVERS?
Using your phone while driving is something that you should not even consider, it is a – potentially fatal – distraction. While I understand that we live in an age of instant sharing (where online postings can now be done LIVE), putting your life (and others around you) on the line is not worth it. Multitasking and driving don't mix.

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