A1 Team Malaysia gets a helping hand in the UK

A1 TEAM MALAYSIA GETS A HELPING HAND FROM A1 TEAM IRELAND A1 Team Malaysia will take part in an A1GP World Cup of Motorsport promotional event this weekend, with a touch of Irish help to get the wheels turning. Asian Formula 3...

A1 TEAM MALAYSIA GETS A HELPING HAND FROM A1 TEAM IRELAND

A1 Team Malaysia will take part in an A1GP World Cup of Motorsport promotional event this weekend, with a touch of Irish help to get the wheels turning.

Asian Formula 3 driver, John O'Hara, will be behind the wheel of the Malaysian car to promote the Asian team and A1GP to fans and spectators at the Sky Festival, a celebration of the satellite channel's diverse entertainment and sports offerings.

The Malaysian car will feature in an A1GP display and demonstration run in Manchester as part of the Sky Festival. With the regular A1 Team Malaysian drivers unavailable for the event due to their being in KL on promotional work, the team turned to assistance from A1 Team Ireland and O'Hara so that the team's many UK fans could watch the car in action on the streets of the second largest city in Britain.

Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive, A1 Team Malaysia, says of the forthcoming event, "We have tremendous support from Malaysian fans throughout the world and wanted to fly the flag at this event, but with our regular drivers unavailable, we looked for a driver who has experience of the A1GP car, and is a familiar face in Malaysia. We turned to Team Ireland and they kindly have allowed John to drive the car. John fits the bill perfectly and we're pleased that our car could make the Manchester line-up with his help."

The event will be a great showcase for A1GP and I'm sure our team will receive plenty of worldwide coverage for its participation in the activity. It will also be an opportunity for us to see a street demonstration run, as that is something I hope we can consider doing in KL ahead of the Sepang A1GP race at the end of November."

Mark Gallagher, Team Principal, A1 Team Ireland, says, "John is an upcoming driver who had his first taste of an A1GP car this week at Snetterton. When Team Malaysia needed a safe pair of hands for the Manchester event we immediately offered John's assistance due to his being known in Asia and having raced in Malaysia. A1 is a family of teams that participate fiercely on the track -- the rest of the time we work closely together and help each other, as on this occasion. Team Malaysia will, I am sure, return the favour sometime soon!"

O'Hara, 25, has been racing single-seater cars for the past five years. He was Asian F3 Driver of the Year in 2004 and Asian F3 Vice Champion in 2004 and 2005. He also set nfew lap records at Sentul, Indonesia and Batangas, Philippines on his way to this success last year.

The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport participation in the Sky Festival will bring speed and excitement to the streets of Manchester. Six A1GP cars and drivers from A1 Teams Australia, China, Great Britain, Ireland, Lebanon, and Malaysia will all run the specially designed 1.5km road course through the centre of Manchester from 2-3pm on Sunday 13 August -- the third and final day of the three day free festival.

Members of the public will be able to watch the A1GP action from special viewing areas as the cars roar through the streets reaching speeds of up to 70mph along sections of the course. An A1GP paddock will also give fans the chance to see the cars close-up and meet with the drivers, including O'Hara. For further information, visit www.skyfestival.co.uk.

-credit: a1teammalaysia.com.my

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Series A1GP
Drivers John O'Hara , Jack Cunningham