Shanghai: Team Malaysia Friday report

TOP TEN PACE FOR A1 TEAM MALAYSIA IN SHANGHAI A foggy morning greeted the field of A1GP drivers for the opening session of this weekend's A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Shanghai, China. With the mist cleared sufficiently for the safety ...

TOP TEN PACE FOR A1 TEAM MALAYSIA IN SHANGHAI

A foggy morning greeted the field of A1GP drivers for the opening session of this weekend's A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Shanghai, China. With the mist cleared sufficiently for the safety helicopter to be on standby, the cars took to the track for the first laps of the impressive facility. 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 ninth fastest time in first practice, with Lim 11th 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 an incident-shortened first session with the 17th fastest time and was 11th fastest in the second session.

He said of his morning, "It was interesting to drive this track with a different configuration for this year's event. I am still getting used to the car, but very much enjoyed my time out there today. We had a new engine so some of my time was spent running it in, along with the usual tasks that I perform on a Friday morning. Everything I am doing here gives me good experience and it's just 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 was quickly high up on the timing screen and remained comfortably within the top ten times throughout the hour of running.

Yoong said of his session this afternoon, "We've started well in Shanghai, so I'm quite pleased. Aaron did a really good job in the rookie session and we were on the pace this afternoon, although we didn't finish up as far up the timesheets as we thought we could and we're still trying to sort some balance issues with the car. Sitting in the top ten is where we are when we're on the pace on the first day, so it's looking good for us."

Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive A1 Team Malaysia, added, "Both Aaron and Alex have driven well today. It's been very calm and productive, setting us up well for the rest of the weekend. From our top ten pace today, we'll be looking to improve further going into tomorrow's qualifying and hopefully we can see another strong performance from the team."

The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport event in Shanghai, China precedes the final round of the Series which will be held in Brands Hatch, UK, in two weeks time. This weekend's activities continue tomorrow with a further practice session and qualifying to set the grid for tomorrow's Sprint race. The track action starts at 11am local time with qualifying at 2.15pm local time.

-credit: team malaysia

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Series A1GP
Drivers Alex Yoong , Aaron Lim , Jack Cunningham