In Brief

December 14, 2014

A word from ... Alex Yoong

What was your sweetest moment in the Audi R8 LMS Cup season? What was a reason for disappointment?
The sweetest experience, no doubt, was winning the title by taking victory in the last race. After my accident in Macau last year, it was a great relief to finally hold the trophy in my hands. I experienced my biggest disappointment in Shanghai when I slipped off the brake and hit Marchy (Lee). It took me a long time to get over this because I had thrown a good friend out of the race due to my mistake.

What was the best strategy under the new rules for 2014?
According to the new regulations the fastest lap in the first race decides the grid position for the second one. It was important to drive a fast lap in the first race, irrespective of what additional weight you’ve got. In many cases, I managed to do a good job of qualifying for the second race and to lay the foundation for my victories that way. In addition, I tried to make clever use of the push-to-pass function. The new rules make the races trickier; you’ve got to spend more time on thinking and working out a good strategy.

How much did the pressure increase due to the new regulations and the strong competitors?
Particularly at the start of the season there was no way of telling what effects the additional weight would have. But at the end of the year we had figured it out. The competition became fiercer due to a number of talented drivers. The Audi R8 LMS Cup has evolved into one of the leading racing series in Asia. That makes the title even more valuable. And I believe the competition will become even stronger next year.