Alex Yoong

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Alex Yoong
AlexYoong.JPG
Yoong at an A1 Grand Prix series meeting
Born Alexander Charles Yoong Loong
(1976-07-20) 20 July 1976 (age 38)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Malaysian
Active years 20012002
Teams Minardi
Races 18 (14 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2001 Italian Grand Prix
Last race 2002 Japanese Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2006–2007
Teams Racing for Holland, Charouz Racing System
Best finish 8th (2007)
Class wins 0

Alexander Charles Yoong Loong (simplified Chinese: 熊龙; traditional Chinese: 熊龍; pinyin: Xióng Lóng, (born 20 July 1976 in Kuala Lumpur), is a Malaysian Chinese race car driver of European and Han Chinese parentage.[1]

Yoong began his career in saloon cars before moving into the Proton one-make series. He later raced in single-seater cars where he won the Malaysian Championship in 1995. He moved into Formula Renault in 1996 with help from sponsors but finished outside the top-10. Yoong consulted his father who believed his son would succeed in lower categories. Yoong decided to drive in Formula Three but dropped out in 1999 after withdrawal from his sponsors. He subsequently went into Formula 3000 and managed to improve despite a horrific crash at Spa-Franchomps during the season. Yoong also raced in Formula Nippon where he achieved no success.

Yoong became the first Malaysian to race in Formula One with Minardi at the 2001 Italian Grand Prix and left the sport in 2002.[2] Yoong had a less successful career in CART World Series but had improved in the Porsche Carrera Cup with a less successful foray into V8 Supercars. Yoong raced in A1 Grand Prix series between 2005 and 2008 and scored three victories. In between this, Yoong raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Yoong worked for Lotus Racing as head of driver development and is also a commentator for ESPN Star Sports.[3] Yoong married Arriana Teoh, who was Miss Malaysia World 1997 in 2002 and has a son, Alister, born in 2003.

Early life[edit]

Yoong was born on 20 July 1976 at the Sambhi Clinic in Kuala Lumpur. His mother, Johanna Bean, is a British expatriate and his father Hanifah Yoong Yin Fah is a Malaysian of Chinese descent through Alex's grandfather Yoong Wan Hoi who emigrated in 1933. His grandfather worked as a contractor and steel trader but was forced to retire during the 1997 Asian financial crisis.[4] In an interview in 1999, Yoong states that he sees himself first as a Malaysian, then part Chinese and part English.[5] His father started racing sedans in 1978 and his mother followed suit in 1983 in rallying.[4] Yoong became an avid follower of Formula One by the age of four. He cited Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna as his racing heroes.[6] Given an Kawasaki 50cc motocross on his eighth birthday, he demonstrated the ability to be able to race successfully.[7]

Early career[edit]

Alex Yoong racing in Formula Asia 2000 in Zhuhai.

His early racing career started in saloon cars in 1992 when he was 16. Yoong became the youngest driver in Malaysian motorsport history and moved into a one-make Proton series. He secured his first pole and win in his fourth role and ended up winning two out of five races.[8] In late 1992, Yoong took up saloon racing and took a Toyota Corolla to the Macau Grand Prix and finished third in the 1600cc class in the Guia race. Yoong later moved up into a 400 horsepower DTM-spec BMW and was the most powerful saloon in the region.[8]

Moving up into the Formula Asia International Championship in 1994 with a RM 50,000 loan,[9] Yoong took several podium finishes before claiming his first win in the season-ending rount at Zhuhai in China. This result led to Yoong to go a title challenge in 1995. He had won the Malaysian national crown, but the contential championship campaign was far less successful; producing eight wins and finishing second in the championship missing out by two points. Within the same year, Yoong assisted in the filming of Jackie Chan's racing film Thunderbolt at Shah Alam which led to Chan describing him as a "very good racing driver". Yoong was contacted by Paul Stewart to test a Formula Vauxhall car before he gained the opportunity to test a Formula Renault Sport machine at Donington Park and Snetterton for the Startline Racing team.[5][10]

Formula Renault[edit]

Yoong began a campaign in Formula Renault with Startline Racing in 1996 along with sponsorship from Malaysian tyre manufacturer, Silverstone tyres. At the first round in Donington, on lap one, Yoong outbraked three cars entering the Melbourne hairpin with his four tyres locking up and by the 5th lap, Yoong was in 6th but an eventual collision with Rollo McNally but managed to finish 20th.[11] Throughout the rest of the season, Yoong managed to score numerous top six finishes but was unable to win a race.[12] Going into 1997, Yoong remained with Startline and believed he had a chance of competing for race wins. But inexperience shown by a crash at the fourth round at Donington[13] along with an uncompetitive chassis saw Yoong finish outside the top 10 of the championship.[14]

Formula Three[edit]

Yoong consulted with his father Hanifah, and believed the best chance was to go into lower categories. However, he decided to go into Formula Three to convince himself that he was a skilled driver. He joined Portman Racing Team in their Dallara HKS-Mitsubishi. Joining them at Spa, Yoong finished 16th in a field of thirty cars and came 11th at the next round at Silverstone.[15]

During the off-season, Yoong took up mental and physical training with psychologists at the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex back in Malaysia. The training gave Yoong confidence when arriving back in England in 1998. Remaining with Portman Racing, the team were using Renault engines for their Dallara F397 and F398 chassis. Consistency brought Yoong result in the lower half of the top ten which included two sixth places at Silverstone.[15] Going into the round at Spa, Yoong switched to Alan Docking Racing. He had to adjust to the Mugen-Honda engine and came up with results very similar than with Portman Racing.[15]

1999 proved to be a watershed year. Yoong's sponsors dropped out and his father was forced to fund his son's racing activities until the family became indebted. He missed the first two rounds of the year but rebounded strongly when he returned at Thruxton. Driving a Dallara F399 Mugen Honda, Yoong finished sixth, 11 seconds behind winner Jenson Button.[15] He followed this strong finish with 5th at Brands Hatch, in a race that covered the top seven by 3.4 seconds. The second race at Brands Hatch saw Yoong record a second place behind Narain Karthikeyan which was followed up with another sixth at Oulton Park before leaving the series for Formula 3000. This result confirmed, Yoong moved up from 268th to 214th in the world rankings.[16] Overall, Yoong finished 11th in the championship.[15]

Formula 3000[edit]

Yoong joined the Italian F3000 championship from the third round onwards. Joining Monaco Motorsports, a team run by ex-Formula One driver Lamberto Leoni. He was team-mates to Marco Apicella. On Yoong's debut at Enna Pergusa, he qualified 12th. He finished fifth.

At the next round at Donington, Yoong ended up starting fifth and drove arguably the best race of his career. During the race that caused unpredictable conditions and other competitors spinning out, Yoong ended up second at midpoint, two seconds behind leader Werner Lupberger, and the pair pulled out a 22-second gap over the entire field. With the deployment of the safety car to clear several cars who had retired, Yoong was unable to see the safety car's lights in the spray.[15] This mistake led to him being eight seconds behind Lupberger, but Yoong set five consecutive fastest laps to catch up. Later in the race, while he was in fifth gear at 220kph, he aquaplaned and spun after hitting a puddle. But, Yoong miraculously recovered and once again closed on Lupberger. In the end, he finished second, 1.217s behind Lupberger.[17]

Despite this brilliant result, Yoong was unable to qualify in Austria, Germany or Hungary. In Belgium, Having qualified 16th and up into 11th by the fifth lap, he collided with Justin Wilson's Astromega car going into Eau Rouge. Yoong lost control and hurtled left side first into the tyre barrier at 260 kph with an impact of around 6.5G. He was knocked unconscious for 20 minutes.[18] He was treated by Sid Watkins and the FIA medical team on the scene. They discovered that Yoong's helmet was badly damaged but was still intact. After 10 minutes, he was freed and taken to the track medical centre before he was taken by helicopter to the Leige hospital to for a compete body and brain scan.[15] Yoong was cleared by doctors of any neurological or spinal injuries but was kept for observation. Yoong managed to attend the race at Misano but needing crutches to walk and declared himself 80% fit and qualified ninth and finished in the same place.[19]

The final round at Imola saw Yoong qualify seventh before being rammed off the track by Krisitan Kolby. Several laps later, his brakes failed at Tosa and pitched him into the gravel. He finished in 10th in the Drivers' Championship with eight points.[15]

Two end of the season outings in Formula Three rounded out 1999. At Macau, Yoong went from 23rd on his way to ninth in the first heat before a 12th place finish in the second to finish seventh overall. In the Korean Formula Three Grand Prix at Changwon, an altercation with a backmarker placed him out in the first race, but the second heat saw a late-race charge from the back to snatch 10th on the final lap but was not classified overall because of this first heat retirement.[20]

Formula Nippon[edit]

2000

During the off-season, Yoong tested for both the Nakajima and Le Mans Formula Nippon teams. His first trial at Suzuka took place on 8–9 December 1999 attended by ex-Formula One driver Satoru Nakajima after Yoong set a lap that made him fifth fastest out of 12. Nakajima said of Yoong "Alex is very much better than I originally thought".[21] Yoong spent time at the Bukit Jalil institute with psychologist Michel Gagne and trainer Jorg Teichmann to recuperate from his injuries at Spa the previous year. His Formula Nippon career started disastrously at Suzuka after crashing his Reynard 99L Mugen at 250kph at the daunting 130R in qualifying and forced Yoong to miss the race. At Motegi, a mechanical failure was followed a stalled car at the start at Mine after starting seventh, where he proceeded to cause a multi-car pile-up in desperation to climb back up the field. Yoong's team manager, K. Homma told him he need to calm down and finish races and his father Hanifah encouraged him to take off the pressure.[20]

Yoong returned to Malaysia for the annual Merdeka Millennium Endurance sports car race at Sepang and shared a TVR Chimaera to second place with Adam Lokman and Saladin Mazlan. He was able to race to sponsors TVR Malaysia, RentakAsia and DiGi Telecommunications.[22]

2001

At Motegi, Yoong lost 6 places at the start after a multi-car accident and was called in for an early pitstop. He made a mistake on lap 14 and retired.[23]

Formula One[edit]

Yoong was visited by Minardi Sporting Director Rupert Manwaring during a visit to Malaysia to meet with potential backers for a Formula One seat. Manwaring offered him a seat, possibly as early as the British Grand Prix. By 5 July, Yoong had obtained sponsorship money from the government-backed Magnum Corporation which was speculated by the Singapore Straits Times to be worth $5 million. The real figure was never publicly disclosed.[24] He attended a two-day test at Mugello becoming the first Malaysian to test a Formula One car with the FIA granting him his Super Licence.[25]

2001

Yoong made his Formula One debut at the Italian Grand Prix replacing Tarso Marques.[26] On Friday practice, electrical problems limited Yoong's running and gearbox trouble cut short Saturday free practice. During Qualifying, he did not complete a flying lap with more gearbox problems and had to share the spare car with team-mate Fernando Alonso. Yoong retired from the race whilst running 15th. At Indianapolis, Yoong retired after 38 laps due to a gearbox failure. At Suzuka, a track he knew well, Yoong finished in 16th, three laps down.[27]

2002

For 2002, Alonso left the team and Australian Mark Webber became Yoong's new teammate. During the first race in Australia, he was beset by gearbox problems in free practice and spun twice when caught out by a wet track. Yoong qualified 21st ahead of Takuma Sato. During the race, he was up into ninth by the end of the first lap. Yoong was racing as high as fifth after passing David Coulthard for sixth. He eventually finished seventh after being passed by Mika Salo.[28] This result was Yoong's best placed finish in Formula One. At his home race in Malaysia, he outpaced Eddie Irvine's Jaguar during Friday Practice. Yoong qualified 22nd and at the start of the race, he overtook his team-mate Webber at the first segment of the race. His refuelling rig malfunctioned at his first pit stop costing him time and lost a place to Irvine. Yoong retired after a collision with Irvine.[28] In Brazil, Yoong finished 13th despite spinning and called the toughest race he had ever done. At San Marino, he qualified 0.474s outside the 107% rule and failed to qualify. Yoong and Webber did not race in Spain after several rear and front wing failures for both drivers throughout practice and qualifying.[29] In Austria, Yoong set a time over 4.2s slower than the pole sitter. During the race, he spun in front of Ralf Schumacher before the Williams lapped him. Yoong retired with an engine failure.

"Ironically, my entry into F1 did very little to promote motorsports in the country. Malaysia had a very limited motorsports scene back then and the focus completely disappeared from local events. We needed more Grade-II circuits, which were missing"

Alex Yoong, during an interview before the 2011 Indian Grand Prix, admitting his foray in Formula One did not influence drivers in Malaysia[30]

At Monaco, Yoong participated in the Historic Grand Prix of Monaco before the actual event. He drove a Lotus 72 that was driven by Ronnie Peterson. He led until a safety car intervention when Yoong discovered his car was stuck in fifth gear and was forced to drive in this manner until the end of the race. During the actual Grand Prix weekend, Yoong sustained an accident during Thursday practice followed by a similar incident in qualifying when on his first flying lap, he slid into the Ste Devote barrier. The race saw Yoong retired after running over debris on the approach to Massanet and sidewalled the armco to sustain damage his right rear trackrod.[28] In Canada, he finished 14th despite a drink bottle button not being able to function and gained a penalty for speeding in the pit lane. At the Nurburging, Yoong declared the track "a bit of a go-kart circuit" as he disliked the layout. A second drive-through penalty was gained after he moved as the fifth red light came on at the start. At Silverstone, he failed to make the 107% cut during qualifying[31] whilst a 10th place finish followed up at Magny-Cours despite a spin.[28] At the German Grand Prix, Yoong failed to qualify having missed the 107% cut by 0.2s.

Rumors spread that Yoong was to be replaced by either Alonso, who was Renault's test driver or Bryan Herta and Justin Wilson. Minardi eventually settled for Anthony Davidson to competed in the Hungarian and Belgium Grand Prix to allow Yoong for preparation for the final three rounds of the season.[32][33] During this period, Yoong underwent a program in testing.[28] Minardi later announced that Yoong would not drive for the team in 2003 but did not rule out any further involvement. Yoong was also in talks to partner Olivier Panis at Toyota.[34]

Yoong eventually returned for the Italian Grand Prix. Despite an electronic problem at his pitstop which cost him several minutes, Yoong finished ahead of Sato in 13th.[35] In the United States, his form improved to qualify 20th with a time three seconds slower than Michael Schumacher, but during the race, Yoong suffered an engine failure. At the final race at Suzuka, he passed Webber on the first lap. On lap nine, Yoong spun into the gravel at turn two before retiring on Lap 14.[28]

After Formula One[edit]

After his Formula One career, Yoong initially struggled to remain visible in international motorsports. Soon after leaving Formula One, Yoong claimed that he was owed $200,000 in salary and that Paul Stoddart was threatening legal action against Yoong's sponsors for $1.5 million that was allegedly promised.[36] Yoong later stated the deals were not related to his salary.[37]

Champ Car[edit]

He went into Champ Car to join Dale Coyne racing to partner Joel Camathias after Roberto González left due to lack of sponsorship. His debut race at Mexico saw Yoong qualify 17th and finished ninth. Yoong was signed on a contract for the remainder of the season was signed after an impressive test session at the Arizona Motorsports Park gave the opportunity for more sponsorship to come forward. Despite this, Yoong qualified last at Long Beach and became the first retirement.[38] At Brands Hatch, he qualified 13th but spun out. At the Lausitzring, Yoong again qualified in 13th and mechanical problems struck him before half-distance. By the end of May, sponsorship funding was not being received forcing Yoong to leave Champ Car.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia[edit]

Yoong found a drive in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia after being invited to drive a guest car in a round supporting the Macau Formula Three Grand Prix. Driving a 2002-spec car, he overcome several brushes with the wall to qualify 3rd and swept past Charles Kwan and pole-sitter Matthew Marsh as the start of the race. Despite a gearbox issue, Yoong won the race by 1.186 seconds.[38]

V8 Supercars[edit]

In the middle of 2003, Yoong was signed by the SAE Racing team to enter the Bathhurst 24-hour production car event. He was team-mates with Luke Searle (the son of the owner David Searle), Alan Gurr and Geoff Full in a BMW 320i. A test session at Queensland Raceway in July showed the car was competitive. The drivers qualified 13th but problems arose. During the qualifying, the BMW's engine had been losing power along with a failure of the fuel filter and the fuel injector jets were blocked. Come the race, the issues were still present until 75 minutes before the race end, but the team did complete 50 laps.[38] For 2004, Yoong was embarking in a career in the media for ESPN-Star as an Formula One presenter. By the May of that year, support from Malaysian company Pan Global saw him drive in the V8 endurance events at Sandown and Bathurst.

For this to happen, Yoong signed with Shane Beikoff racing to competed in the final three rounds of the Konica Minolta series. Testing at Queensland Raceway gave Yoong his V8 Supercar debut in a Ford Falcon AU at Eastern Creek. After qualifying in 17th, he got into 13th at the start of the race but a collision with a fellow competitor saw Yoong drop two places. The damage caused the car to sit out for the rest of the weekend, but Yoong bounced back at Queensland Raceway to start ninth. The race was more eventful as he dropped to 25th and lapped after his car was stuck in fourth gear and an incident with Kevin Mundy on lap one meant he was unable to finish higher than 10th. The third race saw a 18th place finish.[39]

A1 Grand Prix[edit]

2005–06
Since his arrival in A1 Grand Prix Yoong has won three races: two sprint races and one feature race.

He drove for A1 Team Malaysia in the A1 Grand Prix series. The series is widely regarded as rejuvenating Yoong's career and reputation. He became the lead driver and put together of an outfit of primary Malaysian crew members, an example followed by other National teams. Amongst the non-Malaysians was team principal Jack Cunninghan and chief engineer Greg Wheeler. The first test session at Brands Hatch saw Yoong set the third fastest time behind France and Brazil and the second test had brought in GP2 Driver Fairuz Fauzy.[40] In the inaugural race at Brands Hatch saw Yoong qualify 9th and finished 5th in the feature race after Fauzy drove in the sprint race. At the Lausitzring, Yoong started in 18th and charged up to seventh by the end of the first lap and ended up in sixth. Yoong drove at Eastern Creek to qualify ninth and finished eighth and fifth respectively. At his home race in Malaysia, Yoong repeated his results at Eastern Creek in Australia.[40]

In Dubai, he started eighth and held off Jos Verstappen for 10th place and one point in the sprint race but an early spin in the feature event put a strong result out of the question. In Durban, the team gained Proton as a sponsor, but two consecutive retirements followed. Yoong made up for the retirements with a good qualifying for sixth place and finished fourth in the sprint race after a terrific overtaking pass on Neel Jani.[40] The Indonesia round gave him a sixth place in qualifying and finish fourth in the sprint race after performing an overtake on Neel Jani who was driving with a loose win after a collision with Tomáš Enge. Yoong also gained a second place in the feature race which saw him sustain three minor collisions and a mistimed, delayed pit stops and many overtaking moves.[41]

At Monterrey, a 10th place on the grid followed by a seventh in the sprint race and 11th in the feature race. At the penultimate round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Yoong qualified fourth and a sprint race that saw wet conditions led to him spinning off and having to start at the back for the feature race where he climbed to 10th and one point.[40] The final two rounds in China saw a victory in the sprint race[42] whilst Yoong scored a podium in the feature race by finishing second.[43]

2006–07

The first round in Amsterdam saw Yoong collide with a stalled car before the warm-up lap but set fastest lap and finished 17th and earlier ended up 12th in the sprint race.[44] The race at Brno, became Yoong's best results after taking a win in both the sprint and feature races.[45] In Australia, Yoong finished seventh and sixth respectively.[46] At the Round in Mexico, Yoong started from pole and gave Malaysia their third win of 2006–07 in the sprint race at the Autodromo Hermandos Rodriguez Circuit.[47]

Yoong received the Bruce McLaren trophy on 28 April 2007 for his strong performance in the 2006–07 A1GP season[48]

2007–08

For 2007–08, Yoong was announced to remain with Malaysia and was partnered alongside Aaron Lim.[49] At Zandvoort, Yoong qualified 20th for both races.[50] Yoong suffered from four consecutive retirements from the races in Zhuhai and New Zealand. He did not attend the races at Australia and South Africa bringing an end to starting 45 consecutive races. The decision came from the team electing to run Fairuz Fauzy.[51] In Shanghai, Yoong started from 6th in the Sprint race and managed to climb up to 4th where he finished and scored 6th in the sprint race.[52]

Le Mans Series[edit]

After the 2005–06 A1 Grand Prix season, Yoong raced in the 2006 Le Mans Series as well as the 2006 Le Mans 24 Hrs for Jan Lammers, the A1 Team Netherlands seat holder with team Racing For Holland.[53] Yoong was very competitive, holding third position in Lammers' Dome-Judd when the throttle stuck, sending the car into the wall at the first chicane on the Mulsanne straight and breaking both steering arms. In the race at Istanbul, Yoong set the fastest lap 90 minutes into the race and retired after the car was not able to start.[54] Lammers and Yoong elected not attend the Spa 1000 km after a team decision to change of the engine from a Mugen to a Judd.[55]

After the 2006–07 A1 Grand Prix season, Yoong once again returned to the Le Mans Series with Charouz Racing System. He teamed up with Jan Charouz of the Czech Republic and Stefan Mucke of Germany. The team entered the most famous of endurance races, the 24 Heures du Mans and the Le Mans Series.

In the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team completed 338 laps and finish in eighth overall and fifth in LMP1 Class.[56]

GP2 Asia Series[edit]

Alex Yoong driving his Meritus GP2 Asia race car in Shanghai.

For the 2008–09 GP2 Asia Series season, Yoong signed to drive for the Qi-Meritus Mahara team.[57] He was replaced by Marco Bonanomi for the third race weekend in Bahrain,[58] due to a lack of sufficient time for racing.[59]

Lotus Young Driver Programme[edit]

Lotus Racing announced on 9 December 2009 that Yoong would become the leader of their young driver development programme. Yoong currently focuses on the development from drivers in Asia.[60][61]

Intercontinental Le Mans Cup[edit]

Alex Yoong (centre) with Marchy Lee (left) and Matthew Marsh (right) after winning the GTC class of the 2010 1000 km of Zhuhai.

In November 2010, Alex Yoong partnered Marchy Lee and Matthew Marsh at the 2010 1000 km of Zhuhai, driving an Audi R8 LMS. The trio won the GTC class.

2011 SEA Games[edit]

Alex Yoong competed in the waterskiing tournament in the 1997 Jakarta Games where he won a silver medal. He returned to Water skiing at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games and he claimed one gold medal and one silver medal in the men's slalom and jump events on 17 November 2011. [62][63]

He was a representative for Malaysia in the 1992 Junior World Waterski Championships held in Colombia, before he concentrated on his motorsport career.[64]

Audi R8 LMS Cup[edit]

Yoong is currently a driver in the Audi R8 LMS Cup with Audi TEDA. In the inaugural race in Shangai, Yoong started second on the grid. At the start, he overtook rival Marchy Lee at the first corner and won the race.[65] In the second race, Yoong finished 2nd behind Adderly Fong.[66] The third round in Zhuhai, saw Yoong qualified on pole and during the race, he lost the lead as Lee overtook the Malaysian and Yoong was third at the end of lap one and in front a four-car battle that took place behind hime. He eventually finished on the final podium position in third.[67] During the fourth round, he finished third after an overtaking manoeuvre with Lee resulted in Yoong taking damage to his car.[68]

Personal life[edit]

Alex's younger sisters Aaliyah Yoong (born 16 July 2003)[69] and Philippa Yoong are both water skiers. Aaliyah became the youngest ever gold medallist in the history of the SEA Games since its inception in 1959, when she won gold medal in water skiing at the 2011 SEA Games with a record of 2,960 points to finish ahead of Promsunitsit Sareeya of Thailand, who managed 2,570 points. Philippa Yoong claimed the bronze for Malaysia with 1,860 points.[70]

Yoong married former Miss Malaysia Arriana Teoh in 2002 and has a son named Alister who was born on 10 January 2003 weighing in at 3.1 kg and 52.5 cm tall.[38][71]

Philippa also won the gold medal in the women's slalom event, 14 years after her initial triumph in Jakarta in 1997. It is her second SEA Games gold medal.[72] He has remained an enthusiastic promoter of motorsports in his home country however, and has been seen doing media and Formula One commentating work for Malaysian television and ESPN-Star. He also co-presented Formula One live coverage at 8TV.

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Formula Three results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
1997 Portman Racing Dallara F397 HKS Mitsubishi DON1 SIL1 THR1 BRH SIL2 CRO OUL SIL3 PEM1 PEM2 DON2 SNE1 SNE2 SPA
16
SIL4
11
THR2 29th 0
1998 Portman Racing Dallara F398 Renault Sodemo DON1
12
THR1
8
SIL1
6
BRH1
8
BRH2
8
OUL
9
SIL2
11
CRO
Ret
SNE
7
SIL3
6
PEM1 PEM2 DON2 13th 35
Alan Docking Racing Dallara F398 Mugen-Honda THR2
9
SPA
6
SIL4
Ret
1999 Alan Docking Racing Dallara F399 Mugen-Honda DON1 SIL1 THR1
6
BRH1
5
BRH2
2
OUL
6
CRO BRH3 11th 37
Graff Racing Dallara F399 Mugen-Honda SIL2
11
SNE PEM1 PEM2 DON2 SPA SIL3 THR2

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
1999 Monaco Motorsport IMO
MON
CAT
MAG
SIL
A1R
DNQ
HOC
DNQ
HUN
DNQ
SPA
Ret
MNZ
Ret
NC 0

Complete Formula Nippon results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
2000 Team LeMans Reynard Mugen-Honda SUZ1
DNS
MOT1
Ret
MIN1
Ret
FUJ1
9
SUZ-E
11
SUG
9
MOT2
Ret
FUJ2
12
MIN2
Ret
SUZ2
Ret
NC 0
2001 Team LeMans Reynard Mugen-Honda SUZ1
11
MOT1
Ret
MIN1
7
FUJ1
7
SUZ-E
10
SUG
Ret
FUJ2 MIN2 MOT2 SUZ2 NC 0

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Pts.
2001 European Minardi F1 Minardi PS01B European V10 AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA
Ret
USA
Ret
JPN
16
26th 0
2002 KL Minardi Asiatech Minardi PS02 Asiatech V10 AUS
7
MAL
Ret
BRA
13
SMR
DNQ
ESP
DNS
AUT
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
14
EUR
Ret
GBR
DNQ
FRA
10
GER
DNQ
HUN BEL ITA
13
USA
Ret
JPN
Ret
20th 0

Complete CART results[edit]

(key)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2003 Coyne STP MTY
9
LBH
19
BRH
18
LAU
17
MIL LS POR CLE TOR VAN ROA MDO MTL DEN MIA MXC SRF FON 23rd 4

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2005–06 Malaysia GBR
SPR

GBR
FEA

5
GER
SPR

6
GER
FEA

16
POR
SPR

POR
FEA

AUS
SPR

8
AUS
FEA

5
MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

5
UAE
SPR

10
UAE
FEA

Ret
RSA
SPR

Ret
RSA
FEA

Ret
IDN
SPR

4
IDN
FEA

2
MEX
SPR

7
MEX
FEA

11
USA
SPR

Ret
USA
FEA

10
CHN
SPR

1
CHN
FEA

2
5th 74
2006–07 NED
SPR

12
NED
FEA

17
CZE
SPR

1
CZE
FEA

1
BEI
SPR

14
BEI
FEA

12
MYS
SPR

4
MYS
FEA

7
IDN
SPR

12
IDN
FEA

5
NZL
SPR

19
NZL
FEA

11
AUS
SPR

7
AUS
FEA

6
RSA
SPR

Ret
RSA
FEA

8
MEX
SPR

1
MEX
FEA

5
SHA
SPR

6
SHA
FEA

11
GBR
SPR

5
GBR
SPR

9
6th 55
2007–08 NED
SPR

16
NED
FEA

Ret
CZE
SPR

17
CZE
FEA

14
MYS
SPR

9
MYS
FEA

13
ZHU
SPR

Ret
ZHU
FEA

Ret
NZL
SPR

Ret
NZL
FEA

Ret
AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

MEX
SPR

9
MEX
FEA

15
SHA
SPR

4
SHA
FEA

6
GBR
SPR

GBR
SPR

15th 25

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2006 Netherlands Racing for Holland Netherlands Jan Lammers
Sweden Stefan Johansson
Dome S101Hb-Judd LMP1 182 DNF DNF
2007 Czech Republic Charouz Racing System Czech Republic Jan Charouz
Germany Stefan Mücke
Lola B07/17-Judd LMP1 338 8th 5th

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2008–09 Qi-Meritus Mahara CHN
FEA

14
CHN
SPR

9
ARE
FEA

Ret
ARE
SPR

C
BHR1
FEA

BHR1
SPR

QAT
FEA

QAT
SPR

MYS
FEA

MYS
SPR

BHR2
FEA

BHR2
SPR

25th 0

Complete V8 Supercar results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Position Points
2004 WPS Racing Ford BA Falcon ADL ECK PUK
HDV
PTH
QLD WIN OPK SAN
21
BAT
15
SUR
29
SYM
ECK 36th 278

Complete Audi R8 LMS Cup results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2012 Audi GQ SIC1
1
SIC2
2
ZIC1
6
ZIC2
3
OIC1
2
OIC2
Ret
ZIC3
1
ZIC4
1
SIC3 SIC4 SIC5
4
SIC6
4
3rd 167
2013 Audi TEDA ZIC1
1
ZIC2
2
OIC1
6
OIC2
1
ISC1
DNS
ISC2
4
SIC1
1
SIC2
1
SIC1
1
SIC2
2
MAC
DNS
2nd 186
2014 Audi TEDA KIC1
3
KIC2
1
FIS1
FIS2
SIC1
SIC2
ZIC1
ZIC2
SIC1
SIC2
SIC3
SIC4
1st* 40*

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