In The Hot Seat

In The Hot Seat

At 31, Claire Jedrek has become one of the region's most recognisable women in motorsport.

At the start of 2013, she joined Dorr Havelock Racing Team in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia as team manager for public relations and marketing, followed by the Singapore Karting Championship as a commentator. By the end of the year, the television host and fitness junkie made the decision to become a racing driver after demonstrating a natural talent for motorsport in the Changi Karting Circuit Karting League, clinching one win and four podium finishes.

In March this year, the British-Singaporean took part in a Grand Prix weekend race, the Malaysia Super Series, and was not only the sole female driver in her category but also made it into the top 10 out of 36 competitors.

As Claire prepares to compete again in the Malaysian Super Series at the Sepang International Circuit on Sept 13 and 14, backed by sponsors like Exquisite Marques, Edutorque and Livefitter, we asked for pointers on keeping up with her.

Win Some, Lose Some

"Life would be boring if someone lets me win and agrees with me all the time. You should always have an opinion on matters. While you have to understand where I'm coming from, and put yourself in my shoes, you don't necessarily have to agree."

Passion, Purpose, Drive

"I would date a guy even if he wasn't interested in racing. But it's important he has other passions in life, and hopefully it's not sitting on the couch, watching TV and eating chips. I've always dated people who were interested in sports. I find that independence, confidence and passion in sports sexy in a guy."

Be Good With Cats

"It's a plus if the guy like cats. It shows that there's a sensitive side to him."

Spend Quality Time

"I don't need to be impressed with gifts. Good conversation is really attractive to me. I know I hit it off with a guy when we can talk for hours, about anything, and time just passes by, and I wish the day doesn't end or the sun wasn't coming up. That's what catches my attention. And I'd rather have a full day of activity, like going to the zoo, for a date. It leaves a better memory."

Don't Be Afraid

"I'm a thrill-seeker and adrenalin junkie, and the guy has to put up with that - me doing things on the spur of the moment, like bungee-jumping the Macau Tower. Yes, I've done it. I was scared but I had to do it because it's on my bucket list."

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