Eastern Creek: Team Malaysia practice notes

With 20 minutes to go before the end of the final and third practice session of the A1GP round 3 at the Eastern Creek circuit in Australia, A1 Team Malaysia, piloted by former F1 driver Alex Yoong, leapt to the top of the time sheets with a time...

With 20 minutes to go before the end of the final and third practice session of the A1GP round 3 at the Eastern Creek circuit in Australia, A1 Team Malaysia, piloted by former F1 driver Alex Yoong, leapt to the top of the time sheets with a time of 1m 19.840s followed by Team Great Britain and Portugal 0.031s and 0.046s behind in second and third respectively.

Then Brazil put in a time of 1m 19.476s with 8 minutes to go passing Malaysia for the fastest time but Malaysia remained solidly in second spot followed in tow by Great Britain, Portugal and Germany in fifth. Surprisingly, championship leader France, was placed just outside the top-10 in eleventh position.

With the circuit described by most teams as being bumpy and abrasive, most teams including Malaysia decided not to sacrifice a second set of new tyres to save them for the races.

Alex was true to his words and bettered his top-five prediction when he said after the second practice yesterday (Friday), "Our time this morning wasn't reflective of our performance as we missed out on running in the dry when other teams set their quickest lap. I'm happy with our performance this afternoon. We tried a lot of new things and I think we've learnt something about the car. We weren't going for times today; we were just trying various things on the car and we didn't put on new rubber. I'm optimistic for tomorrow (today, Saturday). I think we can qualify in the top ten, and might even improve on that and sneak into the top five."

This is Malaysia's best ever official practice result and things appear to look good for a front 2 row qualifying in a few hours time.

-tmy-

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Series A1GP
Drivers Alex Yoong