FNIPPON: Gearbox takes Yoong out in Suzuka

Malaysia's Alex Yoong ended his difficult Formula Nippon season with a broken gearbox in the final round (rd.10) of the year at Suzuka yesterday (Sunday 5th November) at the Suzuka Circuit. Alex was lying 9th out of 20 starters when he pulled...

Malaysia's Alex Yoong ended his difficult Formula Nippon season with a broken gearbox in the final round (rd.10) of the year at Suzuka yesterday (Sunday 5th November) at the Suzuka Circuit.

Alex was lying 9th out of 20 starters when he pulled into the pits for his mandatory tyre change on lap 11. The good six second stop enabled him to rejoin the race in 12th position with a number of cars in front of him to yet make the mandatory tyre change stops when third gear broke on his car on lap 13.

Although disappointed for another top 10 finish, Alex was philosophical about the season, "What happened in this race and round 9 in Fuji when my brakes master pump failed is a result of the old car that I have. The chassis is the 1999 car of Motoyama which had been repaired after an accident this year. My team has worked very hard this year and I do not blame them at all. In fact if not for the accidents I had early in the season, we would have had a new 2000 chassis which would ensure better reliability."

"With the Formula Nippon season behind me now, I've got to look forward to the Macau and Korea GPs to put in a good performance. After that a completely new car for a strong bid for 2001 Formula Nippon championship will be tops in my mind."

"I would like to thank Team Malaysia, LeMans Co., Japan Race Promotions, the Government of Malaysia and all the sponsors and fans for their tremendous support this year. With the experience gained this year, I am looking forward to a much better season in 2001 to justify this support." added Alex.

S.Motoyama of Team Impul broke Team Nakajima's stranglehold grip on the championship by scoring a run away victory from Team Nakajima's T. Takagi in round 10 with Takagi's team-mate, T. Matsuda third.

Alex is sponsored by the fullflex RADIUS, TAG Heuer, Brylcreem, Pan Global Insurance, NeuroNet Malaysia, Malaysia Airlines, KONICA and a.u. Team Malaysia, which Alex is running with is operated by the LeMans Co. with support from the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports and Japan Race Promotions.

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