Shanghai: Team Malaysia Friday notes

STEADY PACE FOR A1 TEAM MALAYSIA IN SHANGHAI As the third season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport draws to a close, the Series began preparations for this weekend's penultimate round in Shanghai, China, with the cars taking to the track for...

STEADY PACE FOR A1 TEAM MALAYSIA IN SHANGHAI

As the third season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport draws to a close, the Series began preparations for this weekend's penultimate round in Shanghai, China, with the cars taking to the track for the first laps of the impressive Formula One facility today. Alex Yoong is driving for the team in the Sprint and Feature races with rookie driver, Aaron Lim, playing an important role in the race preparations. Yoong recorded 15th fastest time in practice this afternoon, with Lim 13th overall in the rookie sessions.

Lim started the weekend driving in the rookie sessions this morning and acquitted himself well, continuing to impress the team with his focus, aptitude and driving skills. He completed the first session with the 11th fastest time and was 12th fastest in the second session. With many drivers much more experienced of both the A1GP car and competitive motorsport, Lim is showing great potential in these sessions, while his previous experience of driving here at last year's A1GP event adds to his confidence level.

He said of his morning, "It was interesting to drive this track with a different configuration, although you have to be careful on the kerbs. I enjoyed my time in the car, but I'm still not driving to 100% as I'm still getting used to the car. The team had a number of technical tasks for me to perform and everything I do gives me adds to my experience and it's great to be part of A1 Team Malaysia."

In the afternoon Yoong took over the car and started his preparations for qualifying and Sunday's races. He settled in slowly, reacquainting himself with the Shanghai circuit which he hasn't driven since last year's event. Conserving new tyres for the qualifying sessions tomorrow, the Malaysian team focused on setting the car up and trying different options in order to maximise performance.

Yoong said of his afternoon, "It was a productive day and we got through a lot of stuff we wanted to test. The lap times don't really reflect where we're at, but we plan to show that tomorrow."

Jack Cunningham, A1 Team Malaysia Chief Executive added, "The team worked through their programme today and weren't chasing lap times, so I think we have to wait until tomorrow for the reality of our performance level. We're obviously aiming for a strong top ten position in qualifying."

-credit: team malaysia

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Series A1GP
Drivers Alex Yoong , Aaron Lim , Jack Cunningham