YEONGAM (South Korea) May 18 – Former Malaysian Formula One driver Alex Yoong led from start to finish to clinch Race 2 of the season opening Audi R8 LMS Cup held at the Korea International Circuit, home of the Korean F1, here today. Alex Yoong who started on pole on a bright Sunday morning zoomed into the lead right after the greenlight though Marchy Lee of Hongkong came mersmerisingly close to threatening his lead on a number of occasions.
Digging deep into his vast experience as a former F1 driver, Alex Yoong held off the Hong Kong racers advances to hold his racing line and clinch the 18-lap race with a time of 33 minutes 20.814 seconds, en route to setting the fastest time of 2:12.032s on lap 4 of the race held over a 5.615km track. “My start was excellent and the first turn was critical. From then on the race strategy was to hold on to the lead, not make any mistakes and not push the car too early because there was a need to preserve the tyres.
“Marchy was certainly quicker in the mid-sector so I had to make up in the back straight with speed by using the push-to-pass button,” Alex Yoong told reporters in a post-race press conference. The Audi R8 LMS Cup is the first ever ‘One-Make’ racing championship from Audi and had an intriguing line-up of high-profile professionals and exciting talent for the season, including highly acclaimed drivers from Europe like Rahel Frey, an accomplished driver from Switzerland and the only female driver in the field.
After its debut in the Korea International Circuit, the series will head to the Fuji Speedway in Japan (July 26-27) before arriving at the Sepang International Circuit in August (16-17). At the end of the season, three titles will be up for grabs, namely the Audi R8 LMS Cup overall title, an Amateur Category and a Team award, based on points accumulated throughout six series that comprise 12 races.
Leading Race 2 Results: 1. Alex Yoong (MAS) 33:20.814s; 2. Rahel Frey (SWI) 33:21.889s; 3. Marchy Lee (HKG) 33:25.660s.