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VIDEO: Brothers Grimes grill Phuket’s Dylan Young

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PHUKET: Young karters Ben and Sam Grimes, who compete in the 125cc Junior Class in the Rotax Asia Max Challenge (AMC) in Malaysia and the Thai Championships, recently interviewed racing driver Dylan Young about his career.

The interview was the perfect opportunity for Dylan to pass on some of his experience to the brothers and for Ben and Sam to get some advice and tips to help them in what could be a very promising career in motor sport.

Grimes Brothers: What racing series are you competing in and what is your goal for the season?
Dylan Young: I am currently in MRF Formula 2000 which is very similar to formula 3. The races are held this year in Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

I would like to finish in the top three of the championship and I will be looking to start testing in June or July. That’s the tough thing about being based on Phuket – there is no race track for me to practice on. I have a simulator and I see you guys have a simulator, which is good prep when you can’t get out and practice.

When did you first get interested in racing?
I became interested when I was about six, after my dad took me the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. I was hooked straight away by the noise and speed but it was a long time until I could actually start karting.

I wanted to start karting when I was about 12 but my school wasn’t very lenient about me taking time off. So it wasn’t until I was about 16 or 17 years old that I started.

How often do you train in a week and how important is fitness?
I spend six days a week training. A lot of it is aerobic, strength training and a little work on the neck. Fitness training is very important and it’s something that can give you the edge over other drivers. I am a night time trainer and I tend to do my runs at sunset. I do about two hours of weights and running.

Do you see yourself as an aggressive driver like Lewis Hamilton or a smooth driver like Jenson Button?
We analyzed this in Formula BMW in 2011. I had a teammate who was very aggressive but I have been told that I am quite smooth like Jenson Button. I think I should be more aggressive not just competing with other drivers but also with the car. Hopefully this year I can be a bit more aggressive.

Who was your hero in motor sport?

I would have to say Michael Schumacher. As I mentioned earlier about the fitness, Schumacher used his fitness to take it to the next level. He never left the track when the day finished at 5pm, he was always the last one to leave and went over every single piece of data with the engineers.

He realized that it was more than just him and the car, it was a team. He had a big influence on my interest in the sport.

Formula 2000’s Dylan Young talks racing with Phuket’s Rotax Go-Karters, Ben & Sam Grimes.

What do you consider to be your best racing achievement to date?
It’s a difficult one but I would say the Singapore F1 Grand Prix event in 2011. That was a tough year for me. I lost sponsorship in the middle of the year and was on the sidelines for five months. At F1 events you only get a 30 minute practice session and I had missed a lot of sessions with the other drivers. I had half an hour to practice and ended up getting 5th on the grid. It wasn’t first but given the months out it felt like a win.

When did you step up from karts to single seaters?
I was 20 or 21. I had planned to do it earlier but sponsorship reasons meant I had to wait. I first drove a single seater when I was about 18.

What does a single seater feel like compared to karts?

A big difference is how your own body can’t influence the car. In karts you can move around to influence the kart.

Obviously in a single seater you have a gear box and suspension. It is faster but the tracks are so much bigger that karting still feels fast because you don’t have long between corners.

I don’t think you will be shocked at the speed because everything is bigger. The real difference is the driving style. I would suggest listening. I had a really good engineer to start with and it’s learning again in the same way you go from primary school to high school.

What do you hope to achieve in the future for your racing career?
All drivers would say Formula One. That is the goal. It is very difficult and my window to get there is probably 3-4 years. I will then have to make a choice about what to do as I can’t keep on banging on the door. I would have to go to Europe next year for GP2 to help me make the move into Formula One. If Formula One doesn’t happen, there are many other racing categories out there. Anything where I can be professional and make a career out of it is also a goal.

Do you still get nervous before the start of the race?

I do and I think if you don’t there is something wrong. In the beginning I didn’t like to talk too much to people but now I don’t mind having a talk and even have a joke. I still want to focus but I find that if you are in the car before the race and you have a little joke with your engineer it helps to relax you. I also suggest listening to the right kind of music before the race to help you relax.

Have you struggled to get appropriate funding through your career?

I have, but I am not the only one. Appropriate funding is crucial to climbing the steps and that means thinking outside of the box and putting in the hard work. And that means how do you differentiate yourself from the opposition – other drivers. It is not only motor sport as you will have to take sponsorship funds away from other sports. It takes a lot of networking.

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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