Battle to Macau : Alex Fung Q&A
The talented Teamwork has also emerged in recent years, and Alex Fung is one of the best in the Macau Grand Prix in 2016. The performance on the podium is even more memorable.
Q:Before you started racing, what targets have you set to yourself? Have you achieved them?
A:Before I started racing, I didn’t have any high expectations because it was a completely brand new sport to me and I knew it would be a steep learning curve. Even though this was a tough challenge, having many champions in my team from many different racing series has really streamlined the learning process rather quickly. As many of my teammates have many years of valuable racing experience, I was quick to learn from their many strengths and few mistakes.
The main target I have set for myself was to absorb all the lessons, advices and experiences from my teammates and apply them as quickly as possible so I could be on the podium alongside them. Fortunately, I have been lucky and achieved some podiums alongside most of my team mates these past 2 years – for which I am eternally grateful to prove all my team mates’, engineer, mechanics’ hard work and effort are not in vain. I will always keep growing and learning!
However, there is one dream I have yet to accomplish. I wish to be on the podium with my father in the Macau Grand Prix. I will not rest until this dream is accomplished and I hope 2018 will be the year!
Q:Which is the most important advice/experience your father Samson gave/shared with you? Can you use a word or two to describe your relationship with Samson?
A:“Racing is similar to life – the more effort you put in, the more chances you have to win.” The most important advice my father has shared with me is to always put in the most amount of effort I have in order to maximize my chances to win. Whether it is challenging myself on the circuit or within my personal career, my father always encourages me to work hard in order to get what I want. Whether it’s to study more film of my own mistakes during a race or to understand the dynamics and physics of how to maximize a race cars grip at any given time – there is always room to improve. Winning takes hard work and Champions are not born - they are determined, they are perseverance and they are built. He is and will always be one of the most supportive and encouraging teammates I could ever have.
The one word to describe my relationship with my father is “Admiration”. Ever since I was young watching cartoons where I learnt what a Hero was, I always knew my father is someone who I’d always admire and look up to – whether it was with racing or with life. He was and still is my hero. If I could apply half of what he has taught me over the years then I’d be a world champion already!
Q:Are you satisfied with your performance in your racing career? How do you rate yourself at a scale of 10?
A:I wouldn’t say that I’m completely satisfied with my racing career as there are many milestones and goals I still wish to accomplish. There are many talented racing drivers in the world and I wish to learn and possibly compete with the best someday. I guess this is why I love motor racing – it’s a sport where consistent growth and improvement is crucial for you to stay competitive and on the podium. Someone can always be faster and it’s up to myself to see how I can beat them! If I were to rate myself, I’d probably be a 5/10, right in the middle – I’m not the fastest nor am I slowest. But I’m working towards getting up there to perfection! It’s hard to beat your teammates when they’re all so damn fast and talented!
Q:Besides touring car, do you have plans to try other kind of motor racing?
A:I really enjoy racing Touring Cars because of the all the close battles and the tight fights. Those are moments I will always enjoy and never get tired of. If I get an opportunity in the future, I would love to compete in GT3 races again. I’ve competed in the China GT series during my first year into racing and would love to make a return to the series one day. As I have learnt a lot and gained new experiences in my repertoire these past 2 years, I feel that I could be competitive in the GT3 series. Until I get the opportunity, I am still very much enjoying my time in Touring Cars.
Q:What is your expectation in the 65th Macau GP?
A:This year our team has performed very well in the 2018 MTCS series. Our team’s diligence and hard work during the off season has proven successful during this season’s races. I am very thankful to all our hard working mechanics and engineers for their consistent dedication towards the development of our RCZ. Our RCZ has been proven to be one of the most competitive cars on the grid year after year. Also with the help and generosity of my team mate and mentors Paul Poon and my father Samson Fung, I was able to achieve very favorable and encouraging results and winning the overall MTCS 2018 Championship. I am always eternally grateful to have such a wonderful team.
We are optimistic to keep the same strong momentum going into the 65th Macau GP. Personally, I wish to earn a spot back on the podium, as I did in my maiden year at the 63rd Macau GP. However, Macau is always a tough and tricky circuit with many unknowns, so we do hope Lady Luck will continue to be on our team’s side during the Macau Grand Prix. Last year my performance and results were unfavorable and I wish to amend that with a podium finish. Also I hope this will be the year where I accomplish my childhood dream of being on the podium with my father! I believe we have a good chance of achieving my dream this year and hope everything goes well!
Until then, I will keep training on my simulator for endless laps, I will keep myself physically sound, I will keep pushing myself to learn more about the tricks of Macau and I will keep fighting to maximize my chance to win with my father!