Zandvoort: Team Malaysia Friday report

A1 TEAM MALAYSIA COMPLETES OPENING DAY OF NEW A1GP World Cup of Motorsport SEASON Zandvoort, The Netherlands, 29 September 2006 A1 Team Malaysia joined a field of national teams for the opening day in the second season of the A1GP World Cup of...

A1 TEAM MALAYSIA COMPLETES OPENING DAY OF NEW A1GP World Cup of Motorsport SEASON

Zandvoort, The Netherlands, 29 September 2006

A1 Team Malaysia joined a field of national teams for the opening day in the second season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport and posted 14th fastest time of the day in the official practice session this afternoon at Zandvoort.

Alex Yoong and Fairuz Fauzy arrived in Zandvoort, near Amsterdam in the Netherlands ahead of today's first practice day of the new season of A1GP racing. Yoong will be driving for the team throughout the weekend, with team mate Fauzy supporting him from the pit wall. The opening session of the weekend in A1GP is now reserved for young rookie drivers, and without the benefit of a suitable candidate, the Malaysian team could only watch from the sidelines.

Yoong enjoyed his first practice session at this challenging European circuit, which undulates around sand dunes close to the Dutch coastline. The young Malaysian said after the session, "I'm happy with our performance today. We spent some of the session on installation laps for our new engine and when we put on our new tyres it wasn't the optimum time so I think we can be satisfied with 14th fastest time overall. I think we can improve on this tomorrow and that we're in good shape.

"This is a very difficult, challenging track, but very enjoyable. It flows well and with the undulations, some interesting corners and its twists and turns, it's good fun to drive. I've never driven here before, but it's a great track to have on the A1GP calendar."

Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive, A1 Team Malaysia added, "It's good to see how quickly the team has been able to get back up to speed and be ready for the new season ahead. We've some new engineering and technical crew and they have integrated well. They've worked hard to ensure we were prepared for this first race and have done a first class job. This season will be highly competitive with enhanced standards in evidence at all teams. They will all have the same determined, competitive spirit that we have within A1 Team Malaysia."

The second season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport begins on Sunday with the first of twelve races on a calendar which sees the teams travel from Europe to China and on to Malaysia and Indonesia this year. Resuming competition in January, A1GP moves to New Zealand and Australia, on to South Africa, then across to Mexico and Brazil, a return to China, and finally to the UK for the finale.

-credit: team malaysia

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Series A1GP
Drivers Alex Yoong , Fairuz Fauzy , Jack Cunningham