INAUGURAL A1 GRAND PRIX EVENT AT BRANDS HATCH 25 September 2005, Brands Hatch, England - A1 Team Malaysia enjoyed mixed fortunes at Brands Hatch, with the high of a fifth place finish capping an exciting weekend of motor racing. After the first...
INAUGURAL A1 GRAND PRIX EVENT AT BRANDS HATCH
25 September 2005, Brands Hatch, England - A1 Team Malaysia enjoyed mixed fortunes at Brands Hatch, with the high of a fifth place finish capping an exciting weekend of motor racing. After the first two races of the new A1 Grand Prix series, the team lies seventh in the World Cup of Motorsport.
A1 Team Malaysia, with Fairuz Fauzy behind the wheel, started from ninth place on the grid for the Sprint race of this inaugural A1 Grand Prix weekend. From the rolling start, Fairuz was on the throttle and pushing hard, but as the pack raced through Paddock Hill bend the young Malaysian lost out and dropped to 13th, a position he held for the remaining 17 laps.
Fairuz summed up his race saying, "I lost out at the start, losing momentum which pushed me back. The car is good, but I had electronics problems on the dash, so I didn't know my lap times, and this made it difficult for me. On a positive note, I stayed on the track and brought the car home safely for the second race later today."
Alex Yoong, A1 Team Malaysia's team mate to Fauzy, drove the A1 racing car for the Feature race. Starting from Fauzy's finish position of 13th, Yoong was quick off the gird from the standing start format adopted for this race. He had a good start, quickly moving up the grid and lying eighth after the first lap. Over the course of the race he continued to improve his position, finally passing the chequered flag in fifth place after the 38 lap race."
A1 Team Malaysia's team principal, Jack Cunningham commented on this race, "I'm pleased with this result. We thought we were capable of a top five finish, and that's what we achieved today. Fairuz did a good job in the first race; we couldn't have done so well without the foundation that Fairuz set with the result of the first race. Alex continued that good work to put Team Malaysia in the top ten of the World Cup. Our pitstop was a bit slow and if we'd got that right we could have been on the podium, but it's the first race weekend. Overall: excellent work by Fairuz; outstanding work by Alex and a great team effort."
A1 Grand Prix is a new, unique concept in international motor racing, with the 12 race series featuring 25 national teams competing on an equal basis, racing identical cars with no electronic driver aids, leading to performance being determined by human bravery, skill and excellence. The Series will travel across five continents through the winter months, with visits including Europe, Australasia, South Africa, North and South America.