ALEX YOONG COMPLETES MAIDEN F3000 TEST
Malaysia's international racer took a step up in his racing career when he tested for the Redman Bright F3000 Team at the Silverstone Circuit 2 days ago in a 625 kg. Lola F3000 Zytek Ford which outputs 460 bhp.
"Driving the F3000 car was really exhilarating. When I first went down the Silverstone straight my mind was blown with how quickly it accelerated up the gears and then I realised I was only using half throttle ! It was really fun to have so much horse power under my right foot and really enjoyed the sessions squeezing the car near to the limits." said Alex.
"The test was very useful for me to gauge the difference between Formula 3 and Formula 3000. It is a definite step up but not that big a gap from F3. I will definitely love to do some F3000 races this year. A mixed program of the 6 more important British F3 races with the Macau F3 Grand Prix and 5 Italian F3000 championship races are what we are looking at right now."
Team owner Redman Bright who made this test possible had engineered F1 drivers Damon Hill, Mark Blundell and Maurizio Gugelmin in the past. In 1997 he ran Uruguyan Gonzalo Rodriguez to impressive F3000 performances and Gonzalo won the Monaco F1 GP support round of F3000 this year.
"We will gladly run Alex in the Italian F3000 championship. A driver of his caliber doesn't come knocking at a team's door very often. Alex will do well in F3000 races within a few races. He strikes me as a very focussed young man and knows what he wants from racing. He went about professionally in his first test today despite the traffic of slower formulae cars on the track. It being a general test day at Silverstone." commented Redman Bright.
Alex is expected to race again from Rd 9 of the British F3 championship which is the all important British F1 GP support race, run under the watchful eyes of the F1 team owners on the Saturday of the F1 weekend on the 11th of June 1999 at the Silverstone circuit.
The Alex Yoong Racing for Malaysia project which is a Malaysian government endorsed project is sponsored by The Ministry of Youth and Sports, Tourism Malaysia, Proton, Pan Global Insurance, Malaysia Airlines, RoadAssist, and Neuronet.