Eastern Creek: Team Malaysia Saturday report

Top Ten Start For A1 Team Malaysia In Australia The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Australia completed final practice and qualifying at Eastern Creek Raceway today, with A1 Team Malaysia lining up 10th on the grid for the Sprint race start ...

Top Ten Start For A1 Team Malaysia In Australia

The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Australia completed final practice and qualifying at Eastern Creek Raceway today, with A1 Team Malaysia lining up 10th on the grid for the Sprint race start tomorrow.

A1 Team Malaysia's morning practice session gave the team its biggest challenge so far this season. Running nearly two seconds off the leader Yoong struggled to achieve a competitive pace and languished at the back of the field. Electronic problems were deemed to be the cause of the problem and the team worked furiously through the break between sessions to resolve the issues which were setting back the team in their pursuit of a strong qualifying performance.

The afternoon qualifying session began with Malaysia using old tyres and a lap which was 19th fastest. Putting on new rubber for the second segment of qualifying Yoong was able to improve his position to 14th quickest. In the third of the four flying laps, with new tyres Yoong showed his driving skill and pushed hard to improve substantially and lie 10th. In the final quarter, another sterling lap was needed and Yoong delivered this, to confirm the fifth row grid position for the Sprint race tomorrow.

Yoong said of the weekend, "We've had a challenging weekend so far, not only with missing the first practice session as we don't have Fairuz this weekend, but also with an engine change and bedding brakes taking time away from development work, mechanical issues curtailing our practice time and then we had some set up issues. It was only this afternoon that we got ourselves back on track. With all of this, I guess we must be satisfied with tenth, but we all know we have a better car and performance potential than we're showing."

Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive, A1 Team Malaysia, added, "After a difficult start to the weekend and a few technical problems, the team's strength and cohesion were able to help us recover and with Alex's driving expertise, we're able to start tenth tomorrow, a position which was a long way off earlier in the race weekend.

"Now we need to look closely at our race strategy. We will be looking for points in both the Sprint and the Feature race tomorrow towards our tally in the World Cup of Motorsport."

Tomorrow's Sprint race will run for 20 minutes in duration. With a rolling start at 11.00 local time, it will be run over 15 laps of the Eastern Creek Raceway. The outcome of the race determines the grid position of the Feature race which will start at15.00 local time with a standing start. The Feature race will be run over 50 laps and run for 70 minutes in duration.

-credit: team malaysia

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