Rose Tan Ying is not just another pretty face in the crowd. For one thing, she wasn't in the crowd. She was on the track - for she is the only woman racer in the entire race programme for today's Chinese Grand Prix. The 35-year-old mainlander is taking part in the Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia series and although she has failed to qualify for the race after hitting a wall in the first lap of qualifying, Tan is still China's most successful female rally driver ever. 'I had no speed today and I wasn't going very fast. I didn't realise that cold tyres would be so slippery. I am totally new to this track. 'I need to get used to the car and the track because the last time I competed in a Porsche was in Beijing in August. 'I had forgotten the feeling of the car and this track is challenging,' she said. Although Tan has yet to make her mark in this series, she was a star in the Lotus Challenge in Zhuhai this year when she posted several fine performances, including a fourth place overall finish among the men. She also gained a first place finish in her class to prove that she is not a flash in the pan. 'There are a few female drivers in China, but I am the fastest so far. I can be good. I just need practice and I just need the proper training and the opportunities that the men get. I love racing and motorsport in general,' she said. 'I don't think I am so special. I am just like the other drivers. I always try my best in every race. 'Actually, the media said I wasn't just an empty vase because in Chinese culture an empty vase means something that is pretty to look at but does nothing. I've proved that I can be a good racing driving too.' Tan said she was 'extremely disappointed' that she was unable to complete a single lap during qualifying yesterday after she hit a wall going into a hairpin turn. Her car received minimal frontal damage, but the most frustrating aspect for Tan was she was unable to restart her engine again. That ended her hopes of competing in today's race. 'Even the marshal felt for me because I kept on trying to restart my engine but it wouldn't start at all. I was really angry at the situation. 'I finally gave up after trying many times. It's not something I needed,' said Tan, who quit her job as an editor of a local auto magazine and is considering racing full time.