David Tjiptobiantoro and Rio Haryanto: Powering Motorsports to Young Indonesian Talents
“Everything is possible. Never give up. I believe dreams do come true.”
– David Tjiptobiantoro
Making a comeback on the race track, two of our national pride who needs no introduction, Rio Haryanto and David Tjiptobiantoro, paired up for the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia 2019 and Asian Le Mans Series 2019/2020. With experience in the Formula One World Championship, Rio gave a power boost to the T2 Motorsports team to start the new season and enthusiasm to racing fans in Indonesia.
“It feels good to be back in a new season and we are excited to explore this new venture,” says the first Indonesian racer who participated in Total 24 Hours of Spa, David Tjiptobiantoro. “We approached Rio to take T2 Motorsports to another level. Hopefully, in the future we can also build a better relation, friendship and participate in more racing,” he adds.
Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia is a race for GT3 and GT4 cars that refers to the British GT Championship. The race allows every team to have two racers who alternate positions every 30 minutes in the pit stop area. For the forthcoming racing events, T2 Motorsports is using Ferrari 488 GT3, which is a racing pedigree from the basic model Ferrari 458 with improved turbo, aerodynamics and braking system.
“I’m very happy to be back and joining the team, especially pairing with David,” says the 26-year-old, Rio Haryanto. “The car is different than what I used to drive, whereas it is more heavier and less aerodynamic, but in the end, we have to find a way to drive the car as fast as we can,” he says confidently.
The Peak had the privilege as the official media partner to witness the journey of these remarkable Indonesian racers in Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia 2019 at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.
“This championship is an opportunity for Rio and me to get to know each other, and also for Rio to be familiar with the GT3. This is all a process that doesn’t happen in one weekend,” David explains. “This season is a warm-up and introduction, and hopefully we will be prepared for the Asian Le Mans Series,” he adds.
David and Rio both agree that achieving an impeccable result from the racing events, particularly the Asian Le Mans Series, is a must for T2 Motorsports to advance to their ultimate target, the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. David and Rio both hope that they can bring the Indonesian flag to the international stage. “We ask for support from all colleagues to realise our dream and make Indonesia proud” Rio says.
Creating A Platform for Young Talent
Motorsports is one of the most expensive sports in the world, and obviously, it is not for everyone. To get anywhere near a racing car you need to have a huge sponsorship deal or participate through the different racing categories, both of which cost a great deal of money. To put it in perspective, an F1 steering wheel costs more than most cars.
David recognises this obstacle for those who don’t have the access to the sport, and hopes in the future there are platforms that are reachable to everyone.
“If T2 Motorsports manage to be in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020, I think the reputation of this race team will be known worldwide. Ultimately we can start building a professional team, be team owners, coaches and develop other drivers. And T2 Motorsports can open that platform for the young talents in Indonesia,” David explains.
Rio had a first-hand experience on this matter, as he pursues sponsorship during his Formula One World Championship season. According to Rio, in Asia, motorsports racing is not as big as in Europe, and one of the factors is the high cost of building a racing team.
“In Europe, there are a lot of driver development programs, where it provides a scholarship for young talents to start with go-kart racing and receive the facilities from the government and private sector,” Rio explains. “I think in Indonesia we should have similar programs to give the chance for young talents. I’m certain, with almost 300 million population in Indonesia there must be a potential talent that can compete in this prestige and international sport,” he concludes.
“First you need to have ambitions on what you want to be. Second, it’s about the hard work and discipline. And third, you gotta have the right attitude.”
– Rio Haryanto
“Everything is possible, never give up. I believe dreams do come true”
– David Tjiptobiantoro