Changing Gears
Tatler Hong Kong|December 2021
Tung Ho-Pin on the thrill of a race, his new priorities, and the car he always hoped to own

“Quite often, you see boys and girls starting in motorsports because their parents or relatives have a connection. But not in my case; mine was a very typical immigrant family,” explains Tung Ho-Pin, who was born and raised in the Netherlands. His foray into the world of professional racing came later than many, at age 14, when he transitioned from go-karts to racing cars following a success at a talent scouting programme.

While Tung possessed a clear talent for the sport, the decision to pursue it professionally wasn’t a straightforward one, as he was actively considering pursuing a university degree and a more conventional career path. “A year and a half after considering university, I was sitting in a Formula One car. From there, it just continued and continued on. My first Formula One test was at the end of 2003, after I won the Formula BMW Asia championship,” he says. It’s safe to say, Tung adds, that he has no regrets about his decision.

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