Malaysia’s Motorsport Athlete and best known local female race driver Leona Chin is making a historic debut in the GT World Challenge Asia Series in 2020. This is Leona’s first appearance in a sanctioned International motorsport event. The Reigning Malaysian Motorsport Athlete will drive for the Legacy Racing Team, alongside one of the country’s known motorsports personality Tengku Djan Ley.
Malaysian-bred Legacy Racing Team featuring Leona and Djan fields the amazing Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the GT World Challenge 2020. The team’s technical aspects is supported by Tedco Racing, a Malaysian-bred organization known in domestic motorsport scene.
Leona has been involved in local motorsports scene since her breakthrough in 2006 as a Red Bull Rookie. Her earlier exploits pitted her as an aspiring female drifter, hence the title Malaysia’s Drift Queen, to this day. As drifting competitions fizzled out at the turn of 2010s, she switched to grassroot racing to pursue her goals as a female racer in domesticated series. Between 2012 – 2016 Leona pursued her motorsport endeavors not only locally but across borders as she participated in Mini Challenge Asia Series and Renault Clio Cup China. She has made plenty of appearances for supercar and auto brands, as well as a number of grassroot events. A couple of years ago, she became an ambassador of Mitsubishi Malaysia and proved that a pick up could drift as well. She returned to local motorsports last year where she pariticpated in the Malaysian Championship Series (MCS), finishing runner-up. Naional carmakers Proton was impressed by her performance during the season and appointed her a factory driver for the last few races of the season.
Now, Leona sets her goals even higher as she prepares for her debut season in the GT World Challenge Asia Series. “It’s always been a dream of mine to race in the GT championship! It’s my debut and I understand that it’s going to be a tough challenge especially on my first foray in a GT3 car. I’m very excited to face this challenge and hope to give my best to achieve some good results,” an excited Leona remarked.
Leona and her co-driver will face six rounds of pure adrenaline GT racing through some of Asia’s most revered tracks like the Sepang circuit, Shanghai circuit, Suzuka circuit, Fuji Speedway and more.
2020 GT World Challenge Asia calendar
Round 1 Sepang Circuit, Malaysia 28 – 29 March
Round 2 Chang International Circuit, Thailand 25 – 26 April
Round 3 Fuji Speedway, Japan 23 – 24 May
Round 4 Suzuka Circuit, Japan 20 – 21 June
Round 5 Shanghai Circuit, China 12 – 13 September
Round 6 Shanghai Circuit, China 17 – 18 October