Macau - Sunday, November 16, 2003 - A very determined Alex Yoong made it looked easy winning the Macau Grand Prix's Porsche Carrera Cup Asia race from Hong Kong's Charles Kwan and Britain's Matthew Marsh - or was it? According to Yoong at the...
Macau - Sunday, November 16, 2003 - A very determined Alex Yoong made it looked easy winning the Macau Grand Prix's Porsche Carrera Cup Asia race from Hong Kong's Charles Kwan and Britain's Matthew Marsh - or was it?
According to Yoong at the post race press conference, he didn't think it was that easy as he had gear selection problems from lap 3 onwards in the 10 lap race. "It was quite difficult in the hills as I kept encountering difficulties in selecting second but the car was good through the last two corners before the straight and that kept Charles and Matthew behind."
Yoong who was driving a 2002 Porsche Carrera GT3 as opposed most of the field who were in 2003 cars did not have the qualifying that he preferred - "Pole would have been better than third," said Yoong yesterday - had to count on his experience of making the cold tyres work for him in the opening lap. Hoong starting from third on the grid, made sure he had a good start and went alongside Marsh in turn one as both after Kwan who was in second position at the start. At the awesome flat-out turn 2 Mandarine corner, Yoong took Marsh from the outside and never looked back after that.
In lap 4 the safety car was called out to remove Charles Nattavude's car which crashed at Donna Maria. At the restart, Yoong used his Champ Car experience to get a jump on Kwan and then held on at the end to win from Kwan who was 1.186s behind Yoong. Marsh finished third ahead of Nigel Albon with Hong Kong's Marchy Lee fifth.
Fellow Malaysians Tommy Lee and Tunku Hammam finished eighth and thirteenth respectively.
For Yoong who will leave for Australia next week for the Bathurst 24 Hr. race with the SAE BMW Team, the win was good as he concluded that "The weekend was thoroughly enjoyable, the race was good and the results satisfying. The weekend is useful as my pre-Bathurst tune-up. I'm looking forward for next week's great race at Mount Panorama."