Multi times a top six finisher at the Macau Grand Prix, Cheung Wai On went into TT 2013 carrying a varied, impressive racing CV. He also knew he was set to make history by being the first Chinese to compete at the world’s most famous, prestigious road race.
Formerly a 125 Grand Prix Racing exponent, his first TT tenure would see him join forces with the Splitlath Redmond Racing team to pilot high spec Aprilia machinery.
Practice week at TT 2013, which proved ultra-challenging for all competitors due to continued inclement weather, saw the amiable Wai On step by step build up his pace, confidence, aptitude around the fabled, mythical Mountain Course.
A non-entrant for the Dainese Superbike race, Wai On’s opening Mountain Course racing tenure would arise within the corresponding Royal London 360 Superstock race.
Producing a solid all-round performance, he went onto seal a respectable top 50 placing, along the way lapping in excess of the 105 mph lap mark.
Although his TT debut, could be described as character building, the China Superbike Championship front runner still epitomises the term ‘Overseas TT Hero’.
Heroes motorsport wise come in various different forms. There’s World Champion’s, multiple race winners, rocket like quick competitors, privateers overcoming the odds and those achieving in the face of adversity.
In Cheung Wai On’s case, he’s a history maker by being the first Chinese TT competitor plus his TT adventure could also prove crucial in inspiring various racers from China, East Asia to take on the challenge of the unparalleled, ultra-unique, non-comparable TT Races.
Words by Stevie Rial