Alex Yoong moves up to 13TH for tomorrow's race London - Sunday, May 4, 2003 - Alex Yoong, 26, improved his first qualifying time by 0.368 of a second to 37.865s to qualify in 12th position during today's second qualifying session of Brands ...
Alex Yoong moves up to 13TH for tomorrow's race
London - Sunday, May 4, 2003 - Alex Yoong, 26, improved his first qualifying time by 0.368 of a second to 37.865s to qualify in 12th position during today's second qualifying session of Brands Hatch's London Champ Car Trophy race, which is Round 4 of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.
The young Malaysian who is sponsored by Malaysian airlines will, however, start his #11 Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone car in tomorrow's 165-lap race in 13th position as Paul Tracy did not set a representative time after he was ensured the pole position from yesterday's first qualifying session's time of 37.006s.
Yoong moved up one position by beating veteran Champ Car star Jimmy Vasser of the USA and fellow rookie, Tiago Monteiro of Portugal, while evergreen ex-F1 star, Roberto Moreno of Brazil, improved his first qualifying time to leapfrog over Yoong.
Yoong said after qualifying, "I am pleased for my Dale Coyne Racing team to move up a place to 13th on the grid. Thanks to the boys who have done a good job to improve the car from this morning's practice. I had a good clean lap and felt that I've gotten the most out of the car...during the qualifying."
Yoong had but one regret, indicating: "I made the wrong decision to run used tyres for this session, thinking they'd get up to optimum operating temperature within the four qualifying laps better than new tyres. Given another chance, I wouldn't do that again as running on new tyres could have meant a bigger jump up the grid from yesterday's position - maybe into the top 10."
He is, however, hopeful for Monday's big race, saying, "Tomorrow's race is going to be very challenging for all of us. It's definitely going to be a tough race...both physically and mentally as well. We aim to keep our nose clean and hope to run a race strategy that works well for us and to score some points."
Yoong's team-mate, Swiss Joel Camathias, qualified in 16th today but will start 18th on the grid, based on combined times of first and second qualifying, after he improved his first qualifying time to 38.290s today.
Tune in to www.cart.com for live timing and live commentary of the race which will start at 2.00pm GMT (9.00pm Malaysian time) on Monday, May the 5th.