Check out this awesome prank by Leona Chin, a famous Malaysian Car Drifter acts as a Sales Girl shocks customers in a Mitsubishi Triton Pickup Truck test drive. Enjoy 😀
Car sales woman has a bad first day at work and decides to show off her drifting skills to her customers
TOC Interview with Leona Chin
If you meet Leona Chin outside of a racetrack, you probably wouldn’t have guessed she’s Malaysia’s drift queen, much less a professional race driver who’s been racing for 5 years. Behind the youthful exuberance and bubbly demeanour is a seasoned racer who goes up against the pros, sometimes even on a weekly basis! Don’t let her demure looks fool you, Leona’s quite the gear head, and personally tinkers with her racing machines! Meet Leona Chin, Malaysia’s drift queen.
The Otomotif College catches up with Leona Chin at Sepang International Circuit during the Japan Super GT weekend in a candid interview as she talks about entering the sport, the challenges, and herself!
Did you always want to be in motorsports?
Back in school my friends were nuts for cars. They’d quiz each other about the specs of a car, and eventually I joined in too. Pretty soon, I could name car models and engine types just looking at the picture! All those rounds of playing Gran Turismo 2 back on the PlayStation 2 helped too!
How did you get into drifting in the first place?
It all started when I brought my 1989 Nissan Silvia (my pride and joy!) to the workshop. The mechanic remarked that the car is pretty good for drifting, and I should give it a spin. So one day I drove to an empty parking lot and he taught me basic drift maneuvers like the donut and figure of eight. Before long, I was practicing them regularly and wearing out a lot of tyres!
How did you turn those practices into a professional career?
I signed up for a time trial, and didn’t do too bad in my debut (laughs). But eventually I was headhunted by Red Bull to learn track driving. It was a two-year stint, so between that and other gymkhana events, I was building up my experiences in different racing types from circuit, to rallying to time trials and drag races.
What’s your favourite kind of motorsport events?
Definitely drift racing. It’s fun, relaxing, and you’re doing it at your own pace, so you’re challenging yourself first.
What’s the challenge of being a professional race driver?
Every event, every car is an unfamiliar challenge. It’s all about getting used to the car handling, track and driving conditions, and often in a short time. Sometimes you have a week, sometimes you have only the day itself to prepare! Motorsports can also get expensive. Tyres and spare parts get worn out quickly, so having sponsors can really take a lot of pressure of your mind and let you concentrate on the drive.
And the best part about being in motorsports?
Motorsports is very big industry and the best part being in it is the thrill and excitement I get when drifting in drift car. Besides that, I also get more exposure compared to male counterparts because of the comparatively small percentage of females in motorsports.
Do tell about the person behind the wheel. What are the things you like outside of the racetrack? What do you do on a day off?
On my day off, I would be busy blogging. I also love Domo-kun items (I have a Domo-kun plush in my car!), and Korean food.!
And here’s the question guys have been begging to ask. Are you single and available?
Haha.. i’m single
So if a guy were to ask you out, what qualities and interests would he possess?
The qualities of a guy must be trustworthy, loyal, outgoing, extrovert, smart and family oriented. Of course, he has to be supportive in my motorsports career too!
Leona personally attending to her modified BMW 5 Series at the Ultra Racing Gymkhana Trials 2012.
You’re driving one mean machine for this event (a custom BMW 5 Series sporting an Infiniti VH45DE V8 engine). What’s the dream machine that’s in your must drive list?
Dream Machine would be BMW M5, Lotus Exige S, and last but not least Lamborghini Reventon,
Thanks very much! So wha’s next for you in the coming weeks and months?
I’ve just gotten back from a drift event at Surabaya, Indonesia, After that, it’s more race events until the Raya holidays.
Source URL : http://www.toc.edu.my/news/toc-interview-with-leona-chin/rn
About Leona Chin | Leona Chin’s profile
|Name 名字||Leona Chin Lyweoi 利念娜（ 陈莉慧）|
|Occupation 职业||Business Owner 企业家
Motorsports Athlete 赛车运动员
Social Media Content Creator 社会化媒体影响者
|Hobbies 爱好||Motorsports 赛车运动|
|Birthday 生日||23 July 1986 （1986年7月23日）|
|Siblings 姐妹||4th in a family of 5 Girls|
|Languages 语言||English, Malay, Mandarin, Japanese 英语，马来语，华语，日语|
Leona Chin Lyweoi 陈莉慧 ( born July 23, 1986) is a Malaysian professional racing driver. Born in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. She is the 4th child of 5 sisters. Leona’s mother is a widower, her father passed away when Leona was 16 years old. Leona started liking cars at the age of 16, attending racing events and car exhibitions, she achieve her Malaysian driving license at the age 18, and started motorsport drifting at the age 20. Leona’s current roles are Professional Racing driver & Motorsport Athlete, with occasional participations on Online and TV Appearances. Leona is also a social media Content Creator, as well as operating her own online shop on mudah.my. Chin also appears in a few movies as a professional stunt driver, along with numerous ambassadorship for brands( view partners ) .
Growing up, Leona studied at Catholic High School Malaysia. She further her studies at Northumbria University. Leona owned a Nissan 180sx/200sx at the age of 20 with the support of her mother. When she was at the workshop, a drift racer Ser Ming Hui approached her. Admittedly, he was surprised to see a girl with such a car but he told her that she should consider drifting given that she already had the potential car for it. It may seem a bit of a funny story, but fate intervened as this stranger felt compelled to change her world. He offered to teach her to drift. In return, he asked Leona to design his website for him. It was an exchange of services. Everything she knew about drifting and racing, she learnt from watching Youtube how to videos and asking experts for advice and participated in various drift events to gain experience. In order to fund her motorsports hobby, Leona sells t-shirts online, and became a primary school tutor on her free time. Leona entered a female driver search in 2008 and made it to the final for the Red Bull Female Driver Search. The 4 finalist entered the Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race 12 hour in 2008 with a fully sponsored race car a Honda Integra DC2, race support team, and training courses. The Red Bull Rookies Team finished 6th in the class. Leona continued the following year and taught the new finalist her driving skills for 2009. Leona completed Red Bull Rookies Team 2010 and began participating in other disciplines of motorsports such as Gymkhana, Rally and Autocross, Circuit racing, Time Attack with her own team to look for sponsors. She began creating her own YouTube channel and became a social media content creator. In 2015, she collaborated with Maxman.TV for a prank video of a nerdy student drifting a Nissan Silvia with driving instructors and made it to international fame. The video collected 40 over million views on Youtube and many more views on other video platforms. Leona and Maxman.TV received an award from WebTVAsia for the Freaking Awesome Video of the year award in 2015. Leona was invited to China to appear in a Reality TV Show for Xuan Feng Che Shou ( F-TEAM) filmed in Zhuhai China with Top China Celebrities like Jimmy Lin, Liu Tao, Yu Quan and Zhou Yong as mentors. Leona performed with a Hyundai Genesis loaned to her by her friend at ShenZhen, China. Her performance amazed the mentors as well as the audience in the studio. Leona made it to the final 8 before getting eliminated due to an ACL leg injury. Although having a leg injury, Leona did not stop driving, she came back to Malaysia and performed a drift show for BMW Auto Bavaria and meeting WRC Champion Jari Matti Latvala for a challenge with Volkswagen Malaysia with crutches and a knee brace. Leona went through ACL physiotherapy and training at the National Sports Complex Bukit Jalil. Leona also competed in Caterham Motorsports Championship full season with a Caterham Super Seven. Leona completed the Championship of 12 races winning 2nd overall in the championship series. Leona also participated in an 6 hour endurance race at Guangdong, China with a chinese team driving a Subaru BRZ. In 2016 year, Leona and Maxman.TV collaborated for a second prank video for Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia’s Triton as a sales girl. Following the video, Leona became the ambassador for Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia. WebTVAsia (artist management company) signed Leona Chin up as a talent and sponsored Leona a full season of Clio Cup China Series in 2016. Leona participated in Clio Cup China Series 2016 and raced the full season with numerous podium finishes, achieving overall runner up in the Clio Cup China Series Championship. Leona also became a stunt driver for a leading actress for upcoming Chinese movie called Reborn. Chin also collaborated with Oreo Nabisco for a Oreo dunk challenge video advertisement drifting her Nissan Silvia S15 In 2017 year, Leona became a team owner and manager for Mudah Racing Team for the TGR Challenge. She participated in Sepang 1000km in a Suzuki Swift and finished 8th in class.
Experiences in Motorsports since 2006 (自2006年以来经历的赛车)
|2006 – Astro X-tuned Drift TV Show|
|2007 – UITM Drift Clinic|
|2007 – Shah Alam Drift Attack|
|2007 – Pekan Fest Street Shoot Out Drift Challenge|
|2007 – Bukit Jalil Drift Attack|
|2007 – Malaysian Drift Challenge 2007|
|2007 – JAPAN GT Street Shoot-out Drift Challenge|
|2007 – Pandamaran Klang Show Drift|
|2008 – Bukit Jalil KBS Tandem/Twin Drift|
|2008 – KBS Sunday Drift|
|2008 – Merdeka Millennium Endurance Qualified 1st in class|
|2009 – Sepang 1000km|
|2009 – Super GT Yokohama Drift Demo with Keiichi Tsuchiya|
|2009 – Rally Sprint Series (Champion- Ladies and Junior in Class)|
|2010 – Go Kart Enduro|
|2010 – Honda Racing Ultimate Challenge|
|2011 – Batu Pahat Ultra Racing Drift Challenge 2011|
|2011 – Saturday Night Fever Round 4|
|2011 – HPC 4 hour Endurance Race|
|2011 – Conemasters Gymkhana Sepang 2011|
|2011 – Cyberjaya Gymkhana 2011|
|2011 – Saturday Night Fever Round 5|
|2011 – GRA 2011 – Round 2|
|2011 – Speedcity Racepod 5|
|2011 – Saturday Night Fever Round 6|
|2011 – Ultra Racing Ambassador 2011|
|2011 – Qmax Racing Ambassador 2011|
|2011 – Appearance in Astro Wah Lai Toi 72 ExtremeJob episode 9|
|2011 – GRA Round 4|
|2011 – Megalap Time Attack 2011|
|2012 – Ambassador for Max3 Welding Inverters|
|2012 – CTA Time Attack 2012|
|2012 – Guest Appearance in Master Chef Malaysia Celebrity Season|
|2012 – Saturday Night Fever Round 1|
|2012 – Saturday Night Fever Round 2|
|2012 – Megalap Time Attack Round 1|
|2012 – Proton Power of 1 Challenge of Champions 2012|
|2012 – Saturday Night Fever Round 3|
|2012 – Malaysia Race of Champions 2012|
|2012 – Ultra Racing Labour Day Gymkhana Challenge|
|2012 – Megalap Time Attack Round 2|
|2012 – Saturday Night Fever Round 4|
|2012 – GRA Nationals Round 1|
|2012 – ZTH Time To Attack Sepang Round 1|
|2012 – Dragtimes2U Dato Sagor Drag 2012|
|2012 – Ultra Racing HIN Gymkhana Challenge (Jogjakarta)|
|2012 – Ultra Racing GT Gymkhana Challenge|
|2012 – Ultra Racing HIN Gymkhana Challenge (Surabaya)|
|2012 – Get Off The Streets, Get On The Track|
|2012 – ZTH Time To Attack Sepang Round 2|
|2012 – Spark Motorsports Track Day|
|2012 – Megalap Time Attack Round 4|
|2012 – Ultra Racing HIN Gymkhana Challenge (Penang)|
|2012 – Ultra Racing The Star Motor Carnival Gymkhana Challenge|
|2012 – Saturday Night Fever Round 6|
|2012 – Penang Mean Machines|
|2012 – Ambassador for Opal Auto Mart|
|2012 – Conemasters Gymkhana|
|2012 – Saturday Night Fever Round 7|
|2012 – Trax on Track Gymkhana|
|2012 – Megalap Time Attack Round 6|
|2012 – Saturday Night Fever Round 8 Racing Cars Class 1 5th|
|2012 – Spark Motorsports Singapore 2nd Driver|
|2012 – Spark Motorsports Singapore Driving Instructor – Gymkhana Clinic|
|2012 – Zerotohundred Time To Attack Sepang Round 3|
|2012 – Melaka Time Attack Pre-Championship 2013|
|2013 – Spark Motorsports Singapore Driving Instructor – Gymkhana Clinic|
|2013 – Appearance in OMG Sherbet TV show on Diva Universal|
|2013 – Ultra Racing Super GT Gymkhana Challenge|
|2013 – Megalap Time Attack Round 1, 2|
|2013 – Saturday Night Fever Round 1, 2 , 3|
|2013 – Ambassador for Prince Lubricants|
|2013 – Appearance in Career Day – TOC at Ipoh Ulu Kinta|
|2013 – Zerotohundred Time Attack Sepang Round 1|
|2013 – Ultra Racing ASN Gymkhana Challenge|
|2013 – Ultra Racing GT Radial Superlap Battle 2013 Rd 1|
|2013 – Ultra Racing GT Radial Superlap Battle 2013 Rd 1|
|2013 – Appearance in Career Day – TOC at Petaling Utama|
|2013 – Appearance in Career Day – TOC at Kolej Vokasional Klang|
|2013 – Ultra Racing Gymkhana Challenge Series Round 2|
|2013 – Ultra Racing DTM Gymkhana Challenge Series Round 3|
|2013 – GAB Speedfest Time Attack 1st in 1.6 category|
|2013 – Titan Time Attack|
|2013 – Ultra Racing GT Radial Superlap Battle 2013 Rd 2|
|2013 – Prince Zerotohundred Time to Attack Sepang|
|2014 – Zerotohundred TimeToAttack Sepang Round 1 ( Sepang Circuit) Street NA – RWD, 3rd|
|2014 – Superlap Battle Championship Series 2013 – Final Round (Elite Speedway)Cat 1 Class 4 , 2nd|
|2014 – Ultra Racing Gymkhana Trials Challenge Series 1(Shah Alam)Precision Cat Ladies, ChampionOpen Cat Ladies, Champion|
|2014 – TME Titan Time Attack (Melaka MIMC Circuit )Cat F, Champion|
|2014 – Superlap Battle Championship Series 2014 Round 1(Elite Speedway)Cat3 Class 3, 2ndCat1 Ladies, Champion|
|2014 – Boxza Bangkok Super Gymkhana (Param 9 Car park)Ladies, Champion|
|2014 – Ultra Racing GT Radial Superlap Battle 2014 Rd2 (Speedway Plus Circuit)Cat 1 Ladies, ChampionCat 2 Ladies, ChampionCat 1 Class4 2ndCat 2 Class 4, 2nd|
|2014 – Southern Thailand Gymkhana X (Songkhla)Cat F Ladies, Champion|
|2014 – Tactical Time Attack Melaka (Melaka MIMC Circuit)Ladies, Champion|
|2015 – Superlap Round 3,2014 – Time Attack ( Speedway Plus Circuit)Cat 1 Class 4 3rdCat 1 Class 7 2ndCat 1 Ladies ChampionCat 2 Class 4 3rdCat 2 Ladies Champion|
|2015 – Saturday Night Fever National Series Championship Round 1 (Sepang Circuit)SAGA 1500 Class Champion|
|2015 – GENERATION X Time Attack Rd 1 (Speedway Plus Circuit)LADIES CATEGORY Champion|
|2015 – Zerotohundred TimeToAttack Sepang (Sepang Circuit)Super Street Turbo 2wd category, 2nd place|
|2015 – Saturday Night Fever National Series Championship Round 2 (Sepang Circuit)SAGA 1500 Class, 2nd place|
|2015 – Caterham Motorsports Championship Round 1(Sepang Circuit) Supersport, 2nd place|
|2015 – Caterham Motorsports Championship Round 2(Sepang Circuit) Supersport, 1st place|
|2015 – Caterham Motorsports Championship Round 3(Sepang Circuit) Supersport, 3rd place|
|2015 – Caterham Motorsports Championship Round 4(Sepang Circuit) Supersport, 3rd place|
|2015 – 广东卫视－炫风车手 (Zhuhai China) , Top8 Group|
|2015 – Volkwagen Polo Trophy Challenge with Jari Matti Latvala|
|2015 – Auto Bavaria Performance Drive with Leona Chin & Hamdan Rohman|
|2015 – Wako’s Cup Endurance Race Round 3 (Tokachi Circuit Japan) 8th place in class|
|2015 – Caterham Motorsports Championship Round 6(Sepang Circuit) Supersport, 2nd place|
|2015 – Caterham Motorsports Championship Round 9(Sepang Circuit) Supersport, 3rd place|
|2015 – Caterham Motorsports Championship Round 11(Sepang Circuit) Supersport, 3rd place|
|2015 – Caterham Motorsports Championship Round 12(Sepang Circuit) Supersport, 2nd place|
|2015 – 风云战6小时耐力赛 (GIC Circuit) B 组，4th place|
|2016 – Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia Ambassador for All New Triton VGT Adventure X|
|2016 – Clio Cup China Series Race 1 (Zhuhai China) Group A, 5th place|
|2016 – Clio Cup China Series Race 2 (Zhuhai China) Group A, 3rd place|
|2016 – Clio Cup China Series Race 3 (Yeongnam Korea) Group A, 2nd place|
|2016 – Clio Cup China Series Race 4 (Yeongnam Korea) Group A, 2nd place|
|2016 – Clio Cup China Series Race 5 (Buriram Thailand) Group A, 4th place|
|2016 – Clio Cup China Series Race 6 (Buriram Thailand) Group A, 4th place|
|2016 – Clio Cup China Series Race 7 (Shanghai China) Group A, 2nd place|
|2016 – Clio Cup China Series Race 8 (Shanghai China) Group A, 2nd place|
|2016 – Clio Cup China Series Race 9 (Zhuhai China) Group A, 2nd place|
|2016 – Clio Cup China Series Race 10 (Zhuhai China) Group A, 2nd place|
|2016 – Clio Cup China Series Race 11 (GuangZhou China) Group A, 4th place|
|2016 – Clio Cup China Series Race 12 (GuangZhou China) Group A, 5th place|
|2016 – Clio Cup China Series Overall Championship Group A, 2nd place|
|2016 – CCTV2 车神驾到 Automotive TV Reality Competition Episode 1, Winner|
|2016 – Borneo Safari 2016 with Team Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia|
|2016 – Sarawak Jamboree 4×4 Offroad 2016 with Team Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia|
|2017 – Ambassador for Carpit Malaysia App|
|2017 – Ambassador for Community Policing CPHelp App|
|2017 – Ambassador for Mudah.my website|
|2017 – GoPro Family Member & GoPro Ambassador|
|2017 – Team Manager for Mudah Racing|
|2017 – Brand Ambassador for TOPTUL Malaysia|
|2017 – Brand Ambassador for Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia|
|2018 – Mini Challenge Asia Series 2018 Exhibition Round, 3rd, Zhuhai, China|
|DRIVING COURSE – CERTIFICATIONS (驾驶课程 – 资质证书)|
|Defensive Driving Course(防卫性驾驶课程)|
|Advanced Driving Course (高级驾驶课程)|
|Precision Driving Course (精密驾驶课程)|
|Race Driving Course (赛驾驶课程)|
|ROSPA National Diploma in Advanced Driving Instruction (UK)|
|SRJK (c) Lick Hung – Primary 1 – 6|
|SMK Katholik – Form 1 – 5|
|Taylors College – Pre – U (South Australian Matriculation)|
|University of Northumbria (UK)BA (Hons) in Business Management – Major in Finance|
|Other Jobs: (其他职位：)|
|Event Promoter & Organiser 赛事推广及主办机构 for Malaysian Superlap Battle Challenge and UR Gymkhana Challenge|
|Owner (老板) of Kuraz Motorsports a one-stop car accessories online portal|
|Circuit Racing Driver (赛车手)|
|Gymkhana Racer (越野赛车)|
|Stunt Driver (特技驾驶)|
|Time Attack Driver (计时赛赛车手)|
|Rally Driver (拉力赛车手)|
|Go Kart Racer (卡丁车赛车手)|
|Partner for WebTVAsia|
|Spokesperson for Mitsubishi Triton VGT|