Mexico City: Team Malaysia Friday report

A1 TEAM MALAYSIA FOURTH FASTEST IN MEXICO The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Mexico, opened today with A1 Team Malaysia immediately showing its performance potential with a fourth fastest lap from Alex Yoong in the afternoon practice session.

A1 TEAM MALAYSIA FOURTH FASTEST IN MEXICO

The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Mexico, opened today with A1 Team Malaysia immediately showing its performance potential with a fourth fastest lap from Alex Yoong in the afternoon practice session. Earlier, Aaron Lim, the new rookie driver for the team, had been out in the Malaysian car on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.

Team Malaysia rebounded from a tough South African weekend to be right on the pace at this technically demanding track. The complex circuit which features a famed 'Peraltada' corner that resembles the Parabolica of the historic Monza track, lies 5,200 feet above sea level, to add to the challenge of this venue.

The afternoon session with the field of regular drivers in the A1GP series was a fast and furious hour of running, with the lap times tumbling as the teams improved their car setup and improved their performances. The Malaysian team was one of the top ten teams for most of the session, improving to be fourth quickest after 21 laps of the track for Yoong.

He said after the session, "It was really good today; our best Friday of the season so far. We came here knowing that we needed to be more competitive, and to get on the pace much quicker. We've changed a few things that we thought where the problem in the last couple of races and this has improved things for us. It's a good start and we've clearly made progress.

"The track is great, really fast, really challenging; it's good fun. The altitude isn't affecting me, but it does affect the performance of the car. You can feel the difference in the car; it's much slower, with the altitude sapping the engine, and it feels slow and sluggish, particularly on the front straight."

Lim enjoyed his two 25 minute rookie sessions in the morning. In the first one he made steady progress, lowering his laptimes as the session developed, while also carrying out a number of routine engineering setup tasks for the team. In the second 25 minutes he was able to make further improvements and, although it was his first participation in an A1GP race weekend, his quickest lap time was better than two of the regular Series drivers, each of whom has substantially more racing experience than Lim.

Of his time in the car Lim said, "I'm so excited to be involved with A1 Team Malaysia, and it's just been a great experience from the start of the weekend when I was off to a traditional Mexican 'Charros' with all the other drivers for a media event. The driving this morning has, of course, been the highlight for me. It's a great track, not very easy to drive, so it really tests my driving ability. The sessions have gone quite well and I think I have accomplished what the team wanted me to cover today."

Chief Executive, A1 Team Malaysia, Jack Cunningham added, "This is the performance level that we need and we're delighted to see the return to form that we know lies within the team. Both Alex and Aaron have driven very well today, and being on top of things on a Friday should be able to help us score championship points this weekend. We don't' want to get carried away at this early stage in the weekend, as it's such a strong field and there are a few dark horses that could challenge us. Well done to the team for a good start; here's to hoping that we can keep it up right through to Sunday afternoon!

I would particularly like to pick out Aaron for praise. This is a big step up from where he has driven in the past. So new team, new car, new circuit, excellent performance. It's a great pleasure to introduce another young man to this level of motorsport. He will never forget this day, I am sure."

-credit: team malaysia

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Series A1GP
Drivers Alex Yoong , Aaron Lim , Jack Cunningham