We already have one former Formula 1 driver in our midst, as Khun Tomáš Enge has become a regular face in the Reiter Vattana Motorsport garage, first undertaking testing duties and then racing in Super Car Class 1-GT3. Now a second ex-grand prix name is set to arrive in the TSS paddock as next week Khun Alex Yoong will assist B-Quik Racing with its pre-race preparations.
Khun Alex in fact became the first South East Asian driver to join F1 since Prince Bira, when he debuted at Monza for the Minardi team during the Italian Grand Prix in 2001. After a late season programme with the little Italian team he again drove for them through most of the following year before going on to pursue his career in international racing series including Champ Car, A1 Grand Prix, GP3 Asia Series and Porsche Carrera Cup.
This year the Malaysian driver is competing as a factory-supported driver in Audi’s pan-Asia ‘R8 Cup’. B-Quik Racing is taking part in the ‘R8 Cup’ this year with Daniel Bilski, who is also racing the team’s Porsche 997 GT3 Cup in Super Car Class 2-GTM. With two Audis in action, in TSS and the Audi Cup, that positions B-Quik Racing as part of the brand’s customer programme, giving the team access to factory support and that’s added up to bring Khun Alex into the mix.
Khun Alex will join B-Quik Racing in the paddock at Bira Circuit next Wednesday and Thursday, he will test the car on track with a particular focus on suspension setup of the #26 Audi R8 LMS Cup and coaching Henk J. Kiks, the car’s driver.
“Having Alex with us for a few days is going to be very useful, his knowledge of the R8 is second to none and so for sure he’s going to provide some excellent benchmarks,” said Khun Henk. “I also want to thank Audi for arranging this for us. Now we are going to have to work hard to build on his input, hook it all together, quickly find the right direction and get to the checkered flag well placed.”