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By the age of 20, he was named the 2017 Nationwide Driver of The 12 months on the Shell SIC Motorsports Affiliation of Malaysia Awards 2017 organised by Sepang Worldwide Circuit. Now at 23, Mitchell Cheah was introduced as one of many Junior Drivers for 2021.
Labelled as one of many brightest rising stars within the Malaysian motorsport scene, Mitchell shares how his love for motorsport began along with his father, Anthony Cheah.
The beginning flag
One fateful day Anthony let his 11-year outdated boy, who has all the time cherished automobiles and had been watching him on the sidelines, sit behind the steering wheel of a go-kart. That small act of fatherly love modified Mitchell’s life.
At 15, Mitchell began making waves within the go-karting scene. He positioned nineteenth within the Euromax Spherical Karting Championship in Geck, Belgium. It was his first worldwide race. He then went on to win the Rotax Max World Finals in New Orleans, the USA later that 12 months.
The adrenaline and pace fueled his ambitions. Two years later, Mitchell joined his first single-seater race on the Components Renault in China. At 17-years outdated he gained three native touring automobile races in a saloon automobile and received the primary runner-up in his first Sepang 1000KM (S1K) in a privateer staff.
His racing expertise and achievements started to snowball and in 2017, on the age of 18, Mitchell transitioned to racing closely modified road-going automobiles also referred to as touring automobiles.
“I’ve seen racing as a profession. The considered with the ability to flip skilled, signify my nation, and changing into the perfect whereas competing towards world-class drivers motivates me,” stated Mitchell.
His aspirations gained him the Malaysian Championship Sequence Touring Manufacturing Champion, the four-hour Enduro, Tremendous Avenue race, and the Vios Cup whereas being the youngest driver on the monitor.
In January 2018, he was awarded the 2017 Nationwide Driver of The 12 months award. From there his profession took off.
The dream come true
Amongst his many achievements is a pole place towards the Hyundai driver, Luca Engstler, within the final spherical in Shanghai. It was Mitchell’s first outing with a global staff, Liqui Moly Engstler. He additionally scored two wins and a number of other podiums within the race.
The transfer should have impressed the oldsters at Hyundai Workforce Engstler as a result of he was invited by the exact same staff to take part in spherical 5 of TCR Germany through the pandemic in October 2020. Whereas racing there he promptly took pole place and gained second place in Austria.
Whereas in quarantine again residence, Hyundai Workforce Engstler known as Mitchell as soon as once more. This time to hitch the World Touring Automotive Sequence in Spain on the finish of the 12 months. It was a dream come true for him.
And that dream continued in 2021.
The previous, current, and future.
Wanting again, Mitchell famous that there are numerous motorsport fans in Malaysia. Nonetheless, the largest hurdle appears to nonetheless be price range and funding. To treatment that, there must be extra alternatives for extra Malaysian drivers to showcase their skills.
Wanting ahead, Mitchell says the longer term is in electrical race automobiles.
“In all my years of racing, the one factor that has caught my consideration is how all types of motorsport is shifting in direction of electrical, like Components E, E-WTCR, Moto-E. It’s one to have a look at within the close to future,” he stated.
Regardless of being a racer that hails from a tropical local weather, Mitchell doesn’t wish to drive within the rain. And whereas most individuals assume that racing is a harmful sport, to him with the superior security know-how used right now hardly anybody will get harm.