Durban: Team Malaysia preview

A1 TEAM MALAYSIA READY TO TAKE TO THE STREETS OF SOUTH AFRICA A1 Team Malaysia will return to track action in the A1 Grand Prix of Durban, South Africa this weekend, the seventh round of the 11-event A1 Grand Prix series. This event will be...

A1 TEAM MALAYSIA READY TO TAKE TO THE STREETS OF SOUTH AFRICA

A1 Team Malaysia will return to track action in the A1 Grand Prix of Durban, South Africa this weekend, the seventh round of the 11-event A1 Grand Prix series.

This event will be the first, and only, street race of the inaugural season, with a temporary circuit being built along the Durban shoreline. Alex Yoong will be back behind the wheel for this historic event, the first-ever street race for the city.

With three fifth place and three eighth place finishes in the season so far, the team moves into the second half of the season with Yoong ready to step back into the car and bring home more points for Malaysia in the concluding five races of the season.

"Street racing is very exciting" says Yoong. "There are a few more challenges than on the permanent tracks, primarily from the barriers being a lot closer at street events than on a racetrack. So it's really important to keep away from these and place your car carefully on the track. I've driven at the Monaco Grand Prix which is held on the public roads, so I have some experience of this type of track and know what to expect, so I hope that I can use this to my advantage.

"I haven't seen the track yet, so I don't know how twisty, bumpy or tight it will be, but I'll try and walk or drive round it before the event to get a feel for the flow of it. I think it'll be a popular race for the local motor racing fans. The South Africans are avid motorsport enthusiasts and I expect we'll have good support which will be very welcome and will add to the atmosphere and spectacle of the event. It should be fun."

The 3.2 km track uses the city's highways, runs alongside the Sun Coast Casino and the beach, featuring nine turns and grandstands for over 20,000 spectators. The city is expecting a sell-out event with full grandstands and spectators watching from every vantage point.

Jack Cunningham, Team Principal, A1 Team Malaysia, says of the next round, "We've had a long break away from the racetrack and it'll be hard to get back into race-mode quickly, but we have a highly professional team of mechanics, and engineers, Alex knows his job and what is required from him, so if we can bring it all together quickly and be on the pace after the first session, we should be in a good position for the races on Sunday."

The A1 Grand Prix of Durban takes place on Sunday 29th January with practice and qualifying earlier in the weekend. The Indonesian round of the Series to be held at Sentul was due to be held earlier in the month, but has been postponed until February and will now follow the Durban race, with race day on February 12. A1 Grand Prix then moves across the globe with a race in Monterrey, Mexico and in California, USA before the finale of the Series in Shanghai, China.

8TV is the official Malaysian broadcaster of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations.

-team malaysia

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Series A1GP
Drivers Alex Yoong , Jack Cunningham