Malaysian girl drifter and race car driver Leona Chin now races in China, scoring a podium finish at the recent Clio Cup China Series in Zhuhai, China!

After her viral video stunt last year, the Youtube sensation expanded her career in to China, participating in the F-Team China Reality TV Show (炫风车手), a reality TV show for race car drivers. Leona then took up the challenge to race in the 2016 Clio Cup China Series, which proved to be a great platform to showcase her promising racing career abroad.leona-china-2

The Clio Cup China Series is a one-make touring car championship organised by China’s Formula Racing Development (FRD). Held since 2009, the series races the latest Renault Clio RS, powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters, producing 220 hp. A total of 12 races are contested this year at circuits around China and Korea.

Watch highlights of Race 1 & Race 2 in Zhuhai, China filmed and produced by team sponsor WebTVAsia:

Leona was one of the two female drivers in the 10-car grid during the first race weekend on 19-20 March 2016 in Zhuhai, China. She then dominated the 10-lap race but eventually settled for second. However, a controversial 30-second time penalty was imposed due to jump start, which caused her to slip down to fifth place.

Fortunately in Race 2, Leona fared better by crossing the finish line in third place. An impressive achivement considering she only got to know the track and the car just before race day.leona-china-3

Currently third in the overall standing, Leona Chin will be in Korea (14-15 May 2016) for Race 3 & 4, where there’s a high chance for her to earn Malaysia some trophies. You have made the country proud, Leona! Best wishes on the remaining races.leona-china-4

Here’s the clip of the controversial jump start at the grid of Race 1. You be the judge.

 


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Travis Chang
Formerly spamming articles about cars and motorsports on this site until the day-job caught up. While the day job remains as exciting as a certain beige sedan, writing about cars could be his closest display of showing passion on cars until he gets either a Bimmer, or an Hachiroku one day...