Malaysia's Formula One hopeful, Alex Yoong travels to Nurburgring tomorrow for the FIA Formula 3000 final round (rd 10) which supports the European Formula 1 Grand Prix knowing he has to put the nasty Spa accident behind him in order for him to qualify for the race on Saturday, the 25th of September 1999.
Alex has been training very hard to regain his full form he had prior to the accident when he qualified eight in his group after having topped the times for a major part of the wet session.
"Had it not been for the accident which occurred when he was lying 11th after starting 16th on the grid, Alex would have been in good shape to score a point for his team in Spa." said his Monaco Motorsports team boss Lamberto Leoni.
Despite the doctors' advice that Alex lay-off racing for 3 months to have his left knee's cruxiate ligament re-constructed, Alex managed to regain his fitness with the help of Dr. Ricardo Ceccarelli when he checked into his Pisa clinic a week after the accident.
Alex made the Italian F3000 race at Misano held only 2 weeks after the accident to finish an impressive 9th.
"In my Misano race a week ago, I was maybe only 80% of my usual fitness but I feel really good now. With each day's passing, I feel more confident of doing well in Nurburgring. Nothing beats getting into a race car soon as you can after an accident." enthused Alex.
His father manager, Hanifah Yoong said, "This guy is amazing. He would have gained forty thousand sterling pounds from the insurance company and team fees if he take the normal rehabilitation route, but he doesn't want to hear about it ! All he wanted is to race and he worked so really hard at it. I'm so pleased for him."
Qualifying in two groups for the 40 entries of the FIA F3000 race will be held on Thursday afternoon with only 13 from each group admitted to the race on Saturday. Fourteen very good racers will as for all previous rounds will be bitterly disappointed at the end of Thursday afternoon.
The Alex Yoong Racing for Malaysia project is supported by the TMalaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports, ourism Malaysia, Malaysia TAirlines, Proton, PanGlobal Insurance, Brylcreem, Neuronet Malaysia Tand SAMP.