FRIday

FRIDAY May 19, 2017

Read-ing

between the lines

Racer Geraldine Read tells Malay Mail Afternoon about life off the track. — Azinuddin Ghazali



Words: Jordan Barnes
 jordan@mmail.com.my


Stay fit.

Look good.

Burn rubber!

These are the three requisites for Malaysia Championship Series’ (MCS) only female driver staying hot on the track.

GERALDINE READ

> Told Malay Mail Afternoon there is a misconception women aren’t cut out for motorsports.

Athlete said female drivers are at no disadvantage to men. — Azinuddin Ghazali

Defying the odds

> Kuching racer, 35, is only girl in her troupe Team Dream Chaser.

> Admitted she lacked confidence initially, although gender goes out the window when you're behind the wheel.

It’s not just for men.

When you put the helmet on you’re a racer.

 Geraldine
Gunning around Sepang.

Beginnings

> Got her first shot at circuit racing when she entered the Red Bull Rookie search in 2014 and earned herself a spot in the all-female team.

> They finished in 12th place at the Sepang 1000km Endurance Race.

> Her first race was the Sepang 1000km (S1K) in December that year.

But unlike the other Red Bull Rookie drivers...

> Geraldine continued to pursue her passion on the course.

I was hooked.

Now in her second full season of racing, she will race Round 3 of the Malaysia Speed Festival (MSF) this Sunday at Sepang International Circuit.

> Will race both MCS and MSF in full for the first time, a total of 11 race weekends this year.

Always happiest behind the wheel. — Instagram (@geraldineread)

But it’s not just the motoring skills people underestimate.

Staying in shape is key to life in the fast line.

Hard at it. — Instagram (@geraldineread)

Geraldine’s fitness regime:

> 2-3 times a week, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and vibration training at Bodytone Wellness Studio.

It gives me an edge, definitely. I push 100 per cent, like when I race.

Being fit not only helps me last endurance races, but also in recovery, especially racing a few days in a row.

But being the only woman on the course, priorities are not lost. 

It’s hard to look amazing in all that clothing.

Luckily I have a great smudge-proof eyeliner that holds up on and off the track.

Beauty is key to staying on top of her game. — Instagram (@geraldineread)

Would she encourage more girls to enter motorsport?

“If motorsport is something that you’re interested in, definitely."

One of my favourite quotes is 'Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing'.

Did you know?

Geraldine was a top squash prospect in her younger days at Bukit Jalil Sports School. She made Malaysia's backup squad for 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.