Approaching from the dining room and into the lounge is a tall, athletic figure dressed in a black casual shirt combined with blue ripped jeans. Sean Gelael’s racer-boy persona is immediately obvious just from his external appearance.
This young man grew up in a life that revolved around racing starting at the tender age of 8. His father, Ricardo Gelael, was a professional rally driver and, from this age onwards, he made a conscious effort to take little Sean to all of his races.
“I remember how he used to always make me sit next to him and show me what he had to do,” says Sean. “That sort of became a part of me and is one of the reasons why I wanted to take after him. He initially put me into karting before I graduated to racing and I realised that I wanted to do it more than just for fun.”
Sean’s professional racing journey began at the age of 16, when he found both sponsors and his current team, Jagonya Ayam. He then slowly but steadily climbed the ladder to land where he is today. Now, Sean’s GP2 season begins in May and will last right through until December.
Just recently, Sean, with his Italian teammate Antonio Giovinazzi, secured the winning title at the Asian Le Mans Series 2016, which was held at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia. They were also champions at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand. This year, he will begin testing in March for a period of six days, while the GP2 season, which starts at the same time as Formula 1, begins in May in Barcelona.
Read the full article in our March issue.
Text by Maina A. Harjani & Photo by Heri B. Heryanto