Sometimes our careers cannot fulfil our needs, while our hobbies can. Simon Yates is a high-speed maniac, even though his golfing career requires quite a high degree of concentration.
Yates, a Scottish golfer who turned professional in 1989, relocated to Thailand 12 years ago. He has won the 1994 German PGA Championship, 1995 Coca-Cola Open in China, 1998 Sabah Masters in Malaysia, 2004 Singha Southern Open in Thailand and 2004 SK Telecom Open in South Korea.
“I’ve played golf in Thailand since 1995. My career requires calmness of mind, and it’s a part of my life, but speed is a challenge for me. It’s what I love to do in my leisure time,” he said.
Auto racing and skiing are his favourite hobbies.
“I race in the Toyota Vios One Make event, and I always ski during my trips to Europe. The upkeep on racing cars is too costly in Europe, but it’s cheaper in Thailand. My ranking is quite good.
“I won the first [Toyota Vios One Make] racing circuit this year in Chiang Mai province, and I was runner-up in the second circuit in Udon
“Many people have asked me how I can perform so well without practising very much. I think I’ve received a good foundation from skiing, as that requires far-sighted vision, and I can use this skill in circuit racing.”
He drives a 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Type R1 in daily life. Previously, he has owned three different Impreza year models: 1995, 1998 and 2004.
The Subaru Impreza WRX STI Type R1 can pump out 330 horsepower.
“It once took me only one hour and 10 minutes to drive from my home in Bangkok to Hua Hin, but I started out at 6am, when hardly any vehicles are on the road, and the new highway was just finished.
“I like this brand, because it has four-wheel drive and its engine roars like a Ferrari Boxer. Mostly important, I can take curves without revving down the engine,” he said.
“Passing through curves at high speed is like skiing.
“Racing satisfies my passion for fast speeds, while my career requires calmness.”