FNIPPON: Yoong training hard for new season

Malaysia's Alex Yoong had not let up in his pre-season training despite the hectic festivities in multi racial Malaysia. With the Christmas, Ramadhan, New Year and the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations all falling over the last 6 weeks, Alex had...

Malaysia's Alex Yoong had not let up in his pre-season training despite the hectic festivities in multi racial Malaysia. With the Christmas, Ramadhan, New Year and the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations all falling over the last 6 weeks, Alex had not taken a break in his 6 days a week strict training regime bar the Sunday rest day.

Alex reports to the National Sports Institute in Bukit Jalil daily for his work out under the watchful eyes of physical trainer Jorg Teichmann of Germany who is the National Sports Institute's chief physical trainer. His work out includes gym work for strength building and track work for stamina and endurance. Added into this is his twice a week 10km cross country through the hills and surrounding jungles of Kuala Lumpur.

"I feel good and I'm sure I'll be physically prepared. I've added 3 kg to my mass which aids strength. It is a great opportunity given by my sponsors as well as Japan Race Promotion and Team LeMans to be with the same outfit plus the opportunity to have a team mate within the main LeMans team this year. Last year without a proper team mate, it was pretty much a case of playing blind man's bluff for me especially after the round 1 shunt when the team and I had to play catch-up all year long." said Alex.

Bouyed by his third overall time in the season closing official joint testing last December, Alex added that, "I am looking forward to start testing from the beginning of March and am positive we can be competitive from the beginning."

With his confirmation of a seat with the LeMans main team in Alex's second Formula Nippon Championship this year, Alex's chances of vying for the championship is greatly enhanced. Team LeMans had confirmed running only a two car team for Alex with Alex's possible team mate being Yudai Igarashi of Japan.

Meanwhile, it was reliable learned that Macau's Andre Couto will opt for Formula Nippon with Morinaga Team NOVA instead of Cart in America while India's Narain Karthikeyan is still negotiating with Hoshino's Team IMPUL. Ralph Firman is expected to spearhead PIAA Team Nakajima's defence of their 2000 Formula Nippon title with T. Matsuda.

To date, support for Alex's 2001 programme have been confirmed coming from Brylcreem, TAG Heuer, KONICA, Neuroweb Malaysia, Japan Race Promotion and Team LeMans while the rest which are needed by Alex to fulfill his 2001 budgets are presently under active negotiations in both Malaysia and in Japan. The project of Alex Yoong Racing for Malaysia is endorsed by Malaysia's Ministry of Youth and Sports.

-Alex Yoong Racing

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Narain Karthikeyan , Alex Yoong , Ralph Firman , Yudai Igarashi , Andre Couto