A fantastic race weekend for the Malaysian Master as Alex Yoong stormed home for the win in race 1 on Sunday in the Audi R8 LMS Cup at the Sepang International Circuit.
Being the reigning champion’s home race, Alex took advantage to launch his new fan club- Team Alex- and invited a bunch of fans to join him in the Audi Lounge. Fans also got up close and personal with Alex and even had the privilege of a grid walk with photos next to Alex’s racing R8.
Starting in third position Alex was riding close behind Franky for the rolling start and dived in between the pole sitter and second place Marchy Lee making a brilliant passing move around turn 1 to take the lead.
Franky and Marchy touched each other around turn 2 with Marchy spinning allowing Alex to take advantage and pull away in the lead.
It was a four car fight for second position between Lee, Franky, Rahel Frey and Kyong-Ouk You, with Marchy making a brave move on the outside of You around turn 15.
As the four drivers battled for second, exchanging positions a number of times; it allowed Alex to maintain his lead.
After seven laps Marchy found his way into second position and right up behind the back of Alex heading into turn 15. Now Alex had a fight on his hands as Marchy kept, trying to pass on a few occasions but unable to outfox the Malaysian Master. On one occasion the crowds hearts were in their mouths as Marchy got a little too close for comfort.
With 3 laps to go Alex was able to pull away and secure the first win of the day, and an important win for his championship defence.
“The car felt really good,” said Alex after the race. “I knew if I could just do a storming first lap it would be good. I needed a gap. I was very to happy to win. There was a lot of nice pressure, a lot of fans, friends and family came here to support and I thank them all very much. I knew it was going to be difficult for me to win today because Franky and Marchy were both quicker than me yesterday. But we looked at the data and saw where I was making mistakes and where I could improve and we pulled it off.”
Race two was a difficult one for Alex as he had to ride with an extra 50kg ballast in his car and wear old older tyres. This saw Alex gradually dropping down the field, not without a fight, to fourth position where he finished, as Marchy Lee took the win.
Alex is now leading the championship by four points with four races to go, and he’s pumped up more than ever to defend his title and stay the Audi R8 LMS Cup Champion.
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