A1 TEAM MALAYSIA READY FOR A1GP SEASON OPENER
The new season of A1GP racing kicks off this weekend in the seaside town of Zandvoort in the Netherlands. Alex Yoong will be representing his nation in this international motor racing series which is contested by 22 countries from around the world, all vying for the World Cup of Motorsport.
The Zandvoort event was the first of the season in the 2006/07 Series and it was new to A1GP at that time. For this visit the team has experience and race data to draw on, and as Yoong explains, "Last season we didn't know what to expect. It was a new event and a race track that I hadn't driven before. This time we know what is ahead of us, so we can prepare better for it. I enjoyed the track with its tight, twisty turns and undulations around the sand dunes, so I am looking forward to racing there again. The fans are very knowledgeable and really enjoy their motor racing, I'm sure the crowds will be as big as last season -- it was just a sea of orange shirts supporting the Dutch team!"
There are a few amendments for the upcoming calendar, with a new venue in Zhuhai, China and a couple of changes to the regulations. Yoong says of these, "There are more points on offer for the Sprint race which can only be positive, but the biggest difference will be in the Feature race. There will be an additional pitstop, and that adds to the unpredictability of the racing. As a team-based Series I think it's appropriate for the teamwork element to be an important part of the event, and I know the Malaysia crew will be ready for the extra challenge that this presents."
The team finished sixth in the championship last season, having scored three wins and 13 top ten finishes, and Yoong knows that consistency is the key. He comments, "We need to make sure we're scoring points in every race and getting on the podium as much as we can. I think we can improve on a top six position in the overall standings and that it is a very realistic goal."
Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive of A1 Team Malaysia, adds, "We have proved ourselves to one of the leading A1GP teams and we need to consolidate this with strong results each race weekend. We've strengthened our team for the season ahead, with highly experienced engineering staff and our talented group of mechanics. These professionals will all be dedicated to providing Alex with a car which can win races, and we're aiming to do just that. Aaron Lim, our rookie driver, will be joining us from Brno, and as there is no rookie session in Zandvoort, he'll travel straight to the Czech Republic for the second round. He's a valuable team member and I know he'll be making a positive contribution to our performance this season".
The Zandvoort race weekend begins on Saturday 29 September, with practice and qualifying. The two races take place on Sunday 30 September at 11.00am and 3.00pm local time.
-credit: team malaysia