Yoong impresses in Formula Nippon test

Alex Yoong made a big impression in his first Formula Nippon test by finishing fifth fastest out of 12 drivers

Yoong impresses in Formula Nippon test

The Malaysian, who drove in the British Formula 3 series in 1999, before switching during the season to F3000 with Monaco Motorsport, set a fastest time of 1m48.281s during his two sessions at Suzuka.

Yoong completed 60 laps with Team PIAA Nakajima and 31 with Team Unlimited Le Mans.

'The Formula Nippon Reynard is much more physical to drive than the European F3000 Lola, it has much higher downforce and more technical,' said Yoong.

'Going through the 130R corner at 4 Gs is a real challenge. I don't think I blinked even once in the 90 laps of testing over the two days.

'It was great both in terms of driving the car and working with the top teams of Nakajima and Le Mans.'

Team owner and former Grand Prix driver, Satoru Nakajima, said, 'Alex is very much better than I originally thought.

'The Suzuka circuit is not an easy circuit for first time drivers. He had done a good job and I'm impressed.'

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