A1 TEAM MALAYSIA TARGETING TOP TEN A1 Team Malaysia began the sixth round of A1GP World Cup of Motorsport competition in Sydney, Australia today. Fairuz Fauzy returned to the driving seat to represent his nation alongside 21 other countries ...
A1 TEAM MALAYSIA TARGETING TOP TEN
A1 Team Malaysia began the sixth round of A1GP World Cup of Motorsport competition in Sydney, Australia today. Fairuz Fauzy returned to the driving seat to represent his nation alongside 21 other countries from around the globe. Ending the afternoon practice session 19th quickest, the team is confident of improvement as the weekend progresses.
The 25-year-old Malaysian was eligible to run in the morning 'rookie' session, which allowed him to have maximum track time this weekend. Fauzy was quickly on the pace of the rookies when he took to the circuit along with 17 other drivers. After a bout of rain in the morning the track had started to dry, but all the teams started the session on wet tyres until it was dry enough for the drivers to switch to slick tyres. With many of the drivers in this session having less experience than the Malaysian driver, he was able to run comfortably in the top ten, finishing seventh quickest in the first of the two segments and fourth quickest in the second segment, producing a fourth quickest time overall.
The afternoon session was interrupted by a red flag after 15 minutes, while Fauzy had just started to work on set up changes with the Malaysian Team's engineers and crew. The nations returned to the track after a stricken China car had been removed from the run off area, and A1 Team Malaysia continued with its preparations for Sunday's races.
Fauzy said of his first day of running in the A1 Team Malaysia car: "It was good to be back in the car today and I was pleased to run high up the order in the rookie session, In the afternoon we didn't make the most of our new tyres as the red flag came out on my quick lap. Throughout the whole session the car was consistent and our pace was okay, but we need to look at ways to make the tyres last longer. We didn't run any more new tyres today, so that's a job for tomorrow.
"The professionalism and high standards of this team are also to be commended. I'm enjoying working with an engineer of the calibre of Greg (Wheeler) and we've quickly established a good working relationship, which is making it easier to settle back in to the team. I'm a quick learner and my target is to have a top ten lap time in qualifying tomorrow."
Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive, A1 Team Malaysia said of the opening day's practice in Sydney, "Fairuz has been working closely with the engineering staff and crew to reacquaint himself with the team. Over the course of the day he's been improving his lap times and building confidence in the car as he becomes more and more comfortable with it. Our focus is on that at the moment and we'll see the team move up the grid as we progress through the weekend."
The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Sydney, Australia, continues tomorrow with a final practice session in the morning. The afternoon qualifying is the most important session in the lead up to the races, with the lap times setting the grid positions for the Sprint and Feature races.