Former Formula 1 driver, Malaysia's Alex Yoong will contest the final round of the inaugural Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series at the 50th Macau Grand Prix on November 16, it was confirmed today (November 3, 2003). Yoong will be at the wheel of the...
Former Formula 1 driver, Malaysia's Alex Yoong will contest the final round of the inaugural Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series at the 50th Macau Grand Prix on November 16, it was confirmed today (November 3, 2003). Yoong will be at the wheel of the Porsche Asia Pacific VIP Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car for the 10 lap race on Macau's legendary Guia Circuit, bringing his considerable skill and experience to an already competitive field.
"I'm delighted to be coming back to Macau, and particularly in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. I've been following the series this year, and there are some good drivers in the field," said Yoong, who first competed at Macau in the 1993 Guia Race at the age of just 17. Finishing an astonishing third in his class that year, Yoong returned to Macau twice to compete in the Formula 3 Grand Prix.
In September this year, Alex competed in Malaysia's Merdeka Millenium 12 hour endurance race in a Porsche GT3, but was taken out by an out-of-control Honda in the closing stages.
"I really enjoyed driving the Porsche, and am grateful to Porsche Asia Pacific for giving me the opportunity to compete in a Carrera Cup car at Macau. I'm really looking forward to it," he said.
The fact that the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has attracted a former Formula 1 driver is testament to the admiration the series has drawn in its first year. Commented series General Manager, Ian Geekie, "We're thrilled to have Alex on board for Macau. His name is well known both throughout the region and around the world, but he is also a talented and experienced driver. It' s going to be a truly tremendous race!"
Yoong began his racing career with motocross bikes at the tender age of eight. He entered his first car race at 15, taking his Proton Saga to victory. He graduated to single seaters in 1994 in the Formula Asia 2000 International Series, before continuing his career in Europe and then in Japan with the Formula Nippon series. He made history in 2001, when he became the first Chinese-Malaysian to compete in Formula 1, completing a full season the following year with Minardi, achieving a 7th place in Melbourne that year.
Yoong will enhance the field of leading touring and sportscar drivers lining up on the grid for the final race of the season, including Hong Kong's Charles Kwan, Nigel Albon of Britain, and Thailand's Charoensukhawatana Nattavude.
Supporting the series are two of the most recognised names in international motorsport, Mobil1 and Michelin. Mobil and Porsche have been partners since 1996. Close co-operation in research and development has to led to every new Porsche engine being filled with Mobil 1 high-performance lubricant. Porsche Carrera Cup Asia drivers also have the advantage of high technology tyres, supplied by series partner Michelin, that have consistently improved the performance of many teams in international motorsport. The partnership between Michelin and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has emerged from a worldwide agreement signed between Porsche AG and the Michelin group in 2001.
The final round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will be held at 13:00 on Sunday, November 16, and run over 10 laps.