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The Fate Racer

The Malaysian Beauty is Breaking All Boundaries

By Klaudia Black, Nov. 2015

 

What began as a typical day for a student driving instructor, turned out to be everything -- but typical.  After a morning cup of coffee she arrived at work to view the schedule of drivers to teach.  The first students passed their exams, and the day was on schedule.  Her next student: a cute girl with large rim glasses and a large teddy bear buckled into the rear seat.  So with a training clipboard in hand, the instructor approached the car, stepped in and began the routine.  Little did she know that sitting behind the wheel was no ordinary student, but the professional racecar driver Leona Chin; disguised and ready to give this instructor -- the ride of her life.

 

But Leona’s days are not usually filled with pranks and TVs show appearances.  Since 2006, she’s competed in over a hundred Asian circuit race events, ranging from drift championships to Gymkhana challenges, and has acquired a vast collection of podium finishes.  With such a great career, little do we know that Leona’s pathway to racing may have never occurred, if it wasn’t for a moment of fate lending it’s hand.

 

Growing up in her teens, she usually hung out with the boys at school and it seemed they were always talking about cars. So with peaked interest, Leona soaked up the tech talk, and soon the enthusiasm for octane and performance bubbled up to the point of purchasing her own car to modify.  At the age of 16 and without objection from her mother, Leona opted for a Nissan 180SX.

 

During a trip to the local garage for routine maintenance, a complete stranger approached her. This man, surprised by the fact a girl owned a modified 180SX, was determined in convincing Leona to drift her car.  But there was an issue.  She had never tried to drift. So compelled to teach her, the man offered lessons in developing drift skills, in trade to design his website.  (Leona has quite the creative touch in graphic arts)

 

After that fateful day, she gripped the wheel and began her journey into drift racing.  “It was surprisingly fun and enjoying.” She said, “But finding money for my tires and mods was a challenge.”  Overall, she learned every bit of racing skills from scratch, starting with figure eights, and eventually working her way up the drift course ranks, until years later when she was again, randomly approached.  This time, by energy drink brand and once again, encouraging Leona to try something completely new.

 

“I agreed and then started an intensive training for the circuit racing . . . in a selection of female drivers, I was the fastest and most consistent.”  Leona said.

 

Since that second fateful day, Leona has accomplished quite a few outstanding accolades with in endurance racing, circuit racing, Gymkhana, and even karting.  Her list of accolades include winning the “Boxza Bangkok Super Gymkhana” Ladies Championship, the “Southern Thailand Gymkhana X” Category F Ladies Championship, the “Saturday Night Fever” National Series Championship Round 1, the “SAGA 1500” Class Championship, the “GENERATION X” Time Attack Rd 1 Ladies Championship, The “Caterham Motorsports” Championship Round 1st place and well -- we could go on.

 

 

“My aim was to develop myself to be an all-around racer, a jack of all trades,” She continues, “I used to be known as the ‘girl drifter,’ but I would like to be known as a motor sport athlete.”

 

It’s no secret. Leona has certainly proven herself to be quite the motor sport athlete. After years of struggling to the top, maintaining pure determination, and now a trophy closet full of race championship wins -- you can see why she’s been fooling around with pranks and having fun lately!

 

 

So what’s in-store for Leona now?  She shared that her goal is to now focus on China Rally Championship (CRC) and China Touring Championship (CTC) along with securing sponsors to support the effort. Aside from that, she’s also collecting Nissan Silva’s as a hobby and currently owns an 180SX, S13, S14 and S15.  Lastly, she’s been working on a project to develop motor sport events for beginning racecar drivers on a budget. She stated, “I want to create an avenue for newcomers to develop the basics of motor sports, just like I did. I want to be able to give them the first steps towards forging a career in racing.”

 

Of course, racing will always be a part of Leona’s lifestyle, but giving back to those who are challenged to take part of race events, teaching young students the tactics of racing, and just being a fun energetic prankster makes this girl a driver – that shows us fate will always play it's hand.

 

To read a full biography of Leona Chin visit www.leonachin.com

Photography courtesy of www.leona.kurazmotorsports.com

 

 

 

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Feature Girl Details

Name: Leona Chin

Age: 29

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Instagram: @leonachin

Website:  www.leonachin.com

 

Car: Nissan Silva S15

 

Make Nissan

Model Silvia S15 Spec R

 

 

Engine Mods & Upgrade

Mahle 86.5mm Forged Pistons

ARC Oil Pan

HKS Valve Spring

Tomei Pon Cam Type R 256/256 11.5 Lift

Tomei Rocker Arm Stopper

Tomei Head Gasket

Aftermarket Custom Turbo Header

Garrett GT2871R 0.65 AR Turbo

TIAL 38mm Wastegate

Aftermarket Front Mount Intercooler

Custom Stainless Steel Piping

TIAL BOV

JUN Style Intake Manifold

Nissan Silvia NA 60mm Throttle Body

Blitz SUS Air Filter

Bosch 044 External Fuel Pump

Custom Fuel Surge Tank

Tomei 740cc Fuel Injectors

Sard Fuel Regulators

MSD DIS-4 Digital Controller

MSD DIS CPC Signal Controller

MSD Blaster SS

MSD Dual Channel Ignition Adaptor

MSD Plug Cable

Billion Power Steering Fluid Tank

Aftermarket Oil Catch Tank

ARC Radiator

DMAX Carbon Fibre Cooling Panel

GREDDY Pulley Kits

Nissan Skyline RB Clutch Fan

Steel Braided Hoses

AN Fitting for Turbo Oil & Water Supply

 

ECU

A'PEXi Power FC D-Jetro with Commander

 

Transmission

Exedy Super Single Clutch

Nismo GT 2 Way LSD

C's Short Shifter

 

 

Exhaust

Tomei Downpipe

Custom 3inch Stainless Steel Exhaust System

 

Handling

HKS Hipermax III Suspensions

Carbing Front Strut Bar

PartsbyMax Super Angle Kit 51degrees

Ikeya Formula Tie Rod  with steering spacers

Nismo Antiroll Bars

Cusco Front Castor Rods

Cusco Rear Camber Arm

DMAX Toe Rod

 

Brakes

Brembo Skyline R34 GTR front

Skyline R33 2-pot rear

Endless brake pads

Project Mu Handbrake Shoe

 

Rims Tires

JUN Racing Technology 18-inch sport rims

GT Radial Champiro SX2

 

Interior

Bride Low Max Bucket Seat

Takata FIA 4 points safety harness

Defi Boost meter

Defi Oil Press

Defi Oil Temp

Defi Water Temp

Defi Controller Unit

 

GREDDY Profec 2 Boost Controller

Moonface Aluminium Gear knob

Tonnka Hydraulic Hand Brake Lever

Nardi Deep dish Steering

 

 

 

 

 

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