THIRD FASTEST IN A1GP QUALIFYING FOR A1 TEAM MALAYSIA The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Brno, Czech Republic continued today with final practice and qualifying for the first of the two races tomorrow and A1 Team Malaysia, with driver Alex...
THIRD FASTEST IN A1GP QUALIFYING FOR A1 TEAM MALAYSIA
The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Brno, Czech Republic continued today with final practice and qualifying for the first of the two races tomorrow and A1 Team Malaysia, with driver Alex Yoong, were right up the front of the pack, with the third fastest qualifying position for tomorrow's sprint race.
In the practice session Yoong continued with race preparations, making a number of changes that were all in the right direction, so that the car improved over the course of the hour. In afternoon qualifying, Yoong used his new tyres to get the best from his car and post highly competitive lap times. With his two best lap times aggregated for his qualifying position, Yoong's consistency on this technically demanding track helped to secure the third place.
Yoong said, "I'm very pleased today with third place, especially after yesterday, when the lack of participation in the rookie session really hurts us and it's quite a difficult circuit to master. The team did a great job in the practice hour, developing the car with me and gaining speed from this. For tomorrow, I hope we can have two strong races tomorrow with podium finishes. The car speed is there, it just needs a bit more tweaking to get a little more out of it, and then perhaps we can be on the top step."
Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive, A1 Team Malaysia, adds, "It's extremely gratifying to see Alex and the team working so well together and achieving these levels so early in the season. It's a very competitive field of drivers and teams this season and the times show just how close it is, with every tenth of a second being very valuable for your final qualifying position. The hard work continues tomorrow, as there's no points for qualifying, coming only from races, so we'll be looking to get off the mark tomorrow by translating this excellent qualifying position into strong results."
The 20-minute, 10 lap Sprint race will start on Sunday 8 October at 11.00 local time. The grid for the later Feature race will be determined by a unique scoring system that allocates points to a driver's finishing and qualifying positions and fastest laps in the Sprint race. This 70-minute, 38 lap Feature race includes a mandatory tyre-change pit stop that adds to the excitement of the A1GP Series.
The Malaysian team successfully completed its first year of A1GP in April this year, finishing fifth in the World Cup of Motorsport standings. The results included 14 top ten finishes and three podium places with the first victory for the team being recorded at the final race of the season in Shanghai, China. A1 Team France won the inaugural season of the Series.