Lausitz: Team Malaysia Friday report

A1 TEAM MALAYSIA RETURN TO THE TRACK IN GERMANY IN A1 GRAND PRIX A1 Team Malaysia returned to the track for the first two practice sessions of the A1Grand Prix of Nations EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Germany, the second round of this new international...

A1 TEAM MALAYSIA RETURN TO THE TRACK IN GERMANY IN A1 GRAND PRIX

A1 Team Malaysia returned to the track for the first two practice sessions of the A1Grand Prix of Nations EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Germany, the second round of this new international motor racing series.

Alex Yoong, one of the two A1 Team Malaysia drivers, drove the A1 race car in the first session recording 17th fastest time and his team mate, Fairuz Fauzy, was behind the wheel in the second session, also finishing 17th quickest.

Yoong summed up the opening session, saying, "It's our first time here and it's quite a tricky track, so we had to work hard developing the optimum set up of the car. It's good to be back in the A1 race car, and it's been interesting to come to a new track for me. We'll continue to work hard to improve on our times and be competitive for the race."

With neither of the two drivers having driven on the EuroSpeedway Lausitz road course, the team has had to quickly learn its characteristics. Fauzy reviewed his practice session saying, "After Alex's time in the car this morning we reviewed the data and made some setup changes, but they didn't really improve it. It's quite a technical track, with a mix of fast and slow corners, so it will take some time to get the car to our liking."

Yoong adds, "We'll review the data with the engineers and have a better understanding of what we need to do and the direction in which we're heading. Practice sessions are for exactly what the name suggests - practicing, so we weren't out on track today simply to try and set the fastest times. However, 17th is not what we had expected. It shows the importance and value of having run on this track before, something neither Fairuz nor I have done. We have some ideas from our running today with respect to changes we will make to the car setup and so, with that and our increasing experience here, we are cautiously optimistic that we will improve quite a bit tomorrow."

A1 Team Malaysia will be back out on track tomorrow morning for a third practice session with four segments of afternoon qualifying in the afternoon.

The A1 Grand Prix series debuted two weeks ago in the UK and will travel across five continents with 12 events around the world. Also known as the World Cup of Motorsport, the A1 Grand Prix series is a unique series that provides teams with a level playing field of identical cars, focusing on driver skill, experience and bravery.

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