Dubai: Team Malaysia race report

A1 TEAM MALAYSIA GAINS A WELL EARNED CHAMPIONSHIP POINT Alex Yoong added another point to the A1 Team Malaysia World Cup of Motorsport tally, with a tenth place finish in the Sprint race at today's A1 Grand Prix of Nations Dubai, held at the...

A1 TEAM MALAYSIA GAINS A WELL EARNED CHAMPIONSHIP POINT

Alex Yoong added another point to the A1 Team Malaysia World Cup of Motorsport tally, with a tenth place finish in the Sprint race at today's A1 Grand Prix of Nations Dubai, held at the new Dubai Autodrome.

In the Feature race Yoong made a good start, but the team was forced to retire after a rival car pushed the Malaysian car into a spin on the third lap, putting Yoong off track and unable to restart his engine.

In the Sprint race, starting from his eighth place qualifying position, Yoong raced to the first corner in the front pack, but contact from the German car put the Malaysian car on to the gravel. Yoong recovered to lie 11th at the end of the first lap. Moving up a place to 10th on the next lap, the young Malaysian was chased hard by A1 Team Netherlands for the remaining 13 laps of the race, and despite a number of passing attempts by the Dutch team, Yoong maintained position and brought his nation's car home in tenth.

Yoong, who had scored points in all but one of the races that he has driven for A1 Team Malaysia, was back out on track for the Feature race, starting from his tenth place finish place. A strong start put the Malaysian up to eighth place after the first lap, but with the strong competition of the A1 Grand Prix field, Yoong pushed hard and was caught out on the dusty track, spinning into the gravel on the third lap.

Yoong said after the two races, "A disappointing weekend for us. In the first race it was good to get another point, but it should have been more. In the Feature race we got a good start and I was up to fifth or thereabouts, but Jos (A1 Team Netherlands driver) tried an opportunistic move around the outside which left me no room and forced me into a spin. The engine died and I couldn't continue. It's a bit disappointing; we really need to be racing for points every time if we're going to stay in the top ten of the overall standings. But, sometimes you have bad weekends, that's just motor racing."

Jack Cunningham, Team Principal, added, "The Sprint race was highly competitive, with the lead pack racing hard from the rolling start. Alex lost out in the rush to the first corner but recovered well and kept pushing. He defended well against the Dutch car for most of the race and it was great to have him bring home another point for us. The second race was disappointing, but we'll turn our attentions to the next race on Asian soil, with the Indonesian round of the Series early next year."

The A1 Grand Prix series takes a seasonal break for the remainder of December, returning to competition for the second visit to Asia with the A1 Grand Prix of Nations Indonesia to be held in Sentul from 13 - 15 January 2006.

-team malaysia-

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