Sentul: Team Malaysia Friday report

Sentul: Team Malaysia Friday report

A1 TEAM MALAYSIA WORKS HARD ON FIRST DAY OF A1GP INDONESIA A1 Team Malaysia arrived in Sentul this week, travelling to the event from the team's home race nearly two weeks ago. With the team posting strong results in their home nation, they...

A1 TEAM MALAYSIA WORKS HARD ON FIRST DAY OF A1GP INDONESIA

A1 Team Malaysia arrived in Sentul this week, travelling to the event from the team's home race nearly two weeks ago. With the team posting strong results in their home nation, they are focused on continuing with top performances in neighbouring Indonesia.

Fairuz Fauzy is driving the first practice sessions of the A1GP Series this season in efforts to accelerate the race preparations for the team. His extensive race experience and abilities to provide useful technical feedback to the engineers is proving to be an advantage in this highly competitive racing environment.

Today Fairuz ran strongly as well as working through a planned programme of technical tasks that are needed at the beginning of a race weekend. The session, split into two segments, saw the Malaysian driver posting 8th quickest lap in the first segment and 12th fastest in the second.

He said afterwards, "I enjoyed my run in the car this morning, but it's only my second time this season, so I'm still getting used to the characteristics of this particular car and becoming more comfortable with it. We put in some race preparation work which I hope will be of value to the team through the weekend. It's a great circuit to drive in Sentul and I'm happy to be with the team in Indonesia this weekend."

The Malaysian team's regular driver, Alex Yoong, was handed the car this afternoon and after the hard work of his team-mate earlier was able to concentrate on qualifying and race setups during the session.

After the practice hour Yoong said, "We haven't got to grips with the track today and we really haven't put in the opening day performance that we'd liked to have done. We need to spend some time analysing the data that we have, checking the car and then putting together a plan for tomorrow. I'm sure we can bounce back with some significantly better lap times."

A1 Team Malaysia lies third in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport standings with 24 points after four events, seven points behind Great Britain in second place on 31 points and leaders, Germany, out in front with 37 points. With a maximum of 17 points on offer this weekend, the competition at the top is close and the Malaysian team are in the thick of the fight.

The A1GP event in Sentul, Indonesia continues tomorrow with final practice and qualifying. The 20 minute sprint race and 70 minute Feature races take place on Sunday 10 December, with the first race starting at 11am and the second at 3pm local time.

-credit: www.a1teammalaysia.com.my.

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