SINGAPORE - "She is rich, that's why she can go racing."
"Did she go into racing to get banged?"
These are just a few of the negative comments that British-Chinese model and television host Claire-Louise Jedrek has seen online after becoming a motorsports driver last December.
The pretty 31-year-old will be representing Singapore in her debut race in the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) next week.
She will be driving a manual-transmission Honda Civic on the Sepang circuit in Malaysia.
The MSS is a support race for the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix, and will take place over the same weekend as the Grand Prix there.
Jedrek, who has turned a blind eye to the vile online remarks, told The New Paper: "They are there to rile me up, and people who wrote them want me to react.
"But I don't take it to heart. I laugh over it and don't care about them. I am not from a rich family, I come from a middle-class family."
Instead, the former TV presenter - she hosted shows like Super Sports 360 and online reality show Asian Poker Showdown - wants to focus on her upcoming race.
She said: "Racing requires a lot of concentration. I want to be very focused, keep an open mind, listen to the instructors, get more lap time on the tracks and gain more experience."
Jedrek used to spend an hour each day practising on a driving simulator.
In the run-up to the race, she is looking through videos from her training on the circuit in Malaysia to learn from her mistakes.