Motegi, Japan Saturday, 15th April 2000 Alex Yoong of TEAM MALAYSIA has qualified a splendid 10th for Sundays 45 lap round 2 of the 2000 Formula Nippon Championship to be held in the 4.801km Twin-Ring Motegi Circuit. This was achieved despite...
Motegi, Japan Saturday, 15th April 2000 Alex Yoong of TEAM MALAYSIA has qualified a splendid 10th for Sundays 45 lap round 2 of the 2000 Formula Nippon Championship to be held in the 4.801km Twin-Ring Motegi Circuit.
This was achieved despite little running in his 99 specs replacement Reynard 99L Mugen Honda following Alexs spectacular qualifying crash in the Suzuka Circuit three weeks ago which destroyed his car.
Both the 45 minutes qualifying sessions were run in incessant rain and Alex posted a best time of 1m 51.642s for tenth only 1.641 sec behind poleman Former Arrows driver Toranosuke Takagi of Japan who posted a time of 1m 50.001s.
1998 Champion Satoshi Motoyama at 1m 50.545s will line up in the front row beside Takagi while German Michael Krumm only two hundredths of a second adrift at 1m 50.565s was third.
Fellow stable mates Hideki Noda and Yudai Igarashi of Team LeMans were 11th and 12th respectively.
I'm very pleased with my performance today especially when taking into account that Im now about the only one without the 2000 car or the 2000 update kit fitted. I could have gone up another 5 positions or so if not for the traffic I met on a couple of my quick laps. said Alex.
Credit is to be given to my team director Homma, my engineer Takemoto and the crew for the fantastic support given to me since the start of the season. I hope to do well tomorrow as my way of saying thanks to them.
Alex got himself a reputation as a driver who revels the wet track when he charged from fifth on the grid to finish second in round 4 of last years Italian Formula 3000 race in Donnington does not mind whether the track is dry or wet tomorrow, i am still getting the car to go faster under any condition. The team and I will go out just to do our bests tomorrow. said Alex.
<pre> 2000 FORMULA NIPPON -Rd.2 MOTEGI : Qualifying 2000.4.15 / WEATHER:RAIN / COURSE:WET
Pos. No. DRIVER TEAM BEST 1st 2nd CAR 1 0 TORANOSUKE TAKAGI PIAA NAKAJIMA 1'50.001 1'50.097 *1'50.001 REYNARD 2KL/MUGEN MF308 2 19 SATOSHI MOTOYAMA IMPUL 1'50.545 *1'50.545 1'50.664 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN MF308 3 6 MICHAEL KRUMM 5ZIGEN 1'50.565 1'50.681 *1'50.565 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN MF308 4 2 TSUGIO MATSUDA PIAA NAKAJIMA 1'50.881 1'51.483 *1'50.881 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN MF308 5 9 RALPH FIRMAN Morinaga NOVA 1'50.929 *1'50.929 1'51.353 G FORCE GF03B/MUGEN MF308 6 56 JUICHI WAKISAKA ARTA 1'51.155 1'51.550 *1'51.155 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN MF308 7 11 YUJI TACHIKAWA COSMO OIL CERUMO 1'51.289 1'54.234 *1'51.289 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN MF308 8 68 RYO MICHIGAMI DoCoMo DANDELION 1'51.291 1'51.631 *1'51.291 REYNARD 2KL/MUGEN MF308 9 5 NAOKI HATTORI 5ZIGEN 1'51.444 1'51.720 *1'51.444 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN MF308 10 21 ALEX YOONG TEAM MALAYSIA 1'51.642 1'52.975 *1'51.642 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN MF308 11 7 HIDEKI NODA LeMans 1'51.677 1'53.171 *1'51.677 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN MF308 12 55 KATSUTOMO KANEISHI ARTA 1'51.758 *1'51.758 1'51.967 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN MF308 13 8 YUDAI IGARASHI LeMans 1'52.496 1'53.100 *1'52.496 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN MF308 14 14 SHIGEKAZU WAKISAKA MOONCRAFT 1'52.686 1'53.783 *1'52.686 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN MF308 15 3 MASAHIKO KONDO Olympic KONDO 1'52.909 1'54.254 *1'52.909 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN MF308 16 10 KOJI YAMANISHI Morinaga NOVA 1'53.002 *1'53.002 1'53.400 G FORCE GF03B/MUGEN MF308 17 62 SHINSUKE SHIBAHARA LEYJUN 1'53.223 1'53.821 *1'53.223 REYNARD 2KL/MUGEN MF308 18 36 TETSUJI TAMANAKA TAKAGI B-1 1'54.407 *1'54.407 1'54.626 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN MF308 19 63 OSAMU LEYJUN 1'55.994 2'00.366 *1'55.994 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN MF308 20 12 JAROSLAW WIERCZUK COSMO OIL CERUMO 1'57.202 1'57.453 *1'57.202 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN MF308