Malaysia's Alex Yoong had mixed days in the second official tests of the 2000 Formula Nippon Championship at the TwinRing Motegi Circuit held over two days on the 17th and 18th of March 2000. Running in his Team Malaysia livery for the first...
Malaysia's Alex Yoong had mixed days in the second official tests of the 2000 Formula Nippon Championship at the TwinRing Motegi Circuit held over two days on the 17th and 18th of March 2000.
Running in his Team Malaysia livery for the first time, Alex finished 12th out of 20 drivers on day one with a time of 1m 38.170s in the 4.801km world class circuit that hosts a round of the Cart World Championship as well as a round of the NasCar Championship outside the United States of America.
However, despite improving his time by nearly 2 seconds on the second day with a time of 1m 37.409s, Alex was only placed at 17th out of the 20 drivers, 2.9 seconds behind Formula 1 returnee, T.Takagi, who clocked 1m 34.491s in his brand new year 2000 Reynard 2KL.
"I'm not happy at all with my second day's result. I felt I was yet to drive the car to it's full potential. I definitely have another second in my driving and I'll find that limit very soon. The car can also be improved further in terms of it's set-up and there's another second to be found there." said Alex.
Team Malaysia's Director, K. Homma from the LeMans Company said, "Alex had put in very useful work in the two days of testing. He has done 69 laps in the two days and had made many useful adjustments to the car which have given the team good feedback."
"We must not forget that most of the drivers this year have been racing Formula Nippon for many years and they are all very familiar with the Motegi Circuit. It takes time for a rookie to find the pace of the top cars but I'm confident that Alex will be in the top 10 by the second race."
Alex will be starting his first race this weekend at Suzuka Circuit on the 26th of March in his 1999 car. The team will have the year 2000 updates for his car by round 2 at Motegi on the 16th of April 2000.
Alex Yoong is sponsored by the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia Airlines, Pan Global Insurance, Tag Heuer and Brylcreem.