Policeman was racing force

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 October, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 October, 1994, 12:00am

FROM 1963 to 1973, Albert Poon was a virtual dynamo in the Hong Kong racing scene. After 10 years as a Hong Kong police inspector, Poon quit the force in 1966 to concentrate on racing.

Here is a look back at a few of Poon's many motor racing achievements.

1963 - in his Lotus Ford 23, dubbed the 'flying saucer', he became the first driver to win both the Malaysian Grand Prix and the Johor Grand Prix in the same year; he also won the Production Car race at Macau in a Lotus Ford Cortina.

1964 - perhaps his greatest year in racing as he again won the Malaysian Grand Prix and finally the Macau Grand Prix, establishing a new lap record in winning his only Macau GP. He had three laps to spare.

1965 - won the Singapore and Malaysian Grand Prix' again. Forced to drop out of the Macau Grand Prix with engine trouble while leading the race.

1966 - placed first overall in the Singapore Grand Prix in the point standings for the saloon and touring cars and the Grand Prix. Placed second in the actual Grand Prix.

1967 - won the Production Car race in his Alfa Romeo at the Macau and Johor Grand Prix'. Set a lap record in the Macau Grand Prix but failed to finish the race. Came second in the Singapore Grand Prix.

1968 - won the Selangor Grand Prix in Malaysia.

1969 - won the Asian Karting Grand Prix in Manila and the Singapore Grand Prix. Bought a Brabham BT 30 for $80,000 and came second in the Macau Grand Prix.

1970 - finished second, both in the Philippines Grand Prix and in the Macau Grand Prix where, after crashing his main car against the seawall earlier in the race, used an older back-up car.

1973 - won the 50-lap Production Race in Malaysia. Placed second in the Malaysian Grand Prix.