A1GP: A1 Team Malaysia finalizing plans

A1 Team Malaysia is well on its way to finalise plans to run the challenge for the crown of world champion in the inaugural A1 Grand Prix Championship - World Cup of Motorsports which is scheduled to run over 12 rounds in six continents from ...

A1 Team Malaysia is well on its way to finalise plans to run the challenge for the crown of world champion in the inaugural A1 Grand Prix Championship - World Cup of Motorsports which is scheduled to run over 12 rounds in six continents from September 2005.

Team principal, Alex Yoong revealed that the team have placed recruitment advertisements for the team personnel and is presently at the stage of evaluating applicants for the various engineering and marketing positions before starting interviews scheduled for end July 2005.

The A1 Grand Prix Championship provisional calendar will start with round 1 in U.K.'s Brands Hatch on the 24th - 26th September 2005 followed by round 2 in Germany's Eurospeedway on the 7th - 9th October and round 3 in Portugal's Estoril Circuit on the 24th - 26th October. The championship then leaves Europe for Australia where round 4 will be run on the 4th - 6th November in the Eastern Creek Circuit outside of Sydney.

A1 Team Malaysia's home race is provisionally scheduled as round 5 of the series at Malaysia's Sepang International Circuit on the 18th - 20th November 2005, followed by round 6 at the Dubai Autodrome in U.A.E. on the 9th - 11th December being the half way point of the inaugural A1 Grand Prix Championship before a one month break for Christmas and the New Year festivities. The championship will resume on the 13th - 15th January 2005 with Indonesia's Sentul Circuit hosting round 7 followed by South Africa's round 8 to be held on either the street circuit of Durban or the permanent circuit of Cape Town on the 27th - 29th January 2006.

The Championship teams' 120 tonnes of 50 cars and equipment will then be airfreighted to the Americas for round 9 on the 10th - 12th February 2006 in Monterrey, Mexico City and round 10 (24th - 26th February 2006) and round 11 (10th - 12th March 2005) in San Antonio, USA and Laguna Seca, USA respectively. The final round of the inaugural World Cup of Motorsport will display the best of world motorsport, appropriately, to the world's biggest market place of China in the Shanghai International Circuit on the 24th - 26th March 2006.

"We are most excited about Malaysia's participation and we are confident that the A1 Team Malaysia will show well in this unique top level world championship. The team is now in the process of identifying and talking to half a dozen young Malaysian racers who have the potential to become A1GP drivers." said Yoong.

"We will also be basing a A1 Team Malaysia test team at Sepang. This is due to the fact that we will not get many opportunities to test the actual A1GP car. So it is important to give the mechanics, engineers and drivers a chance to work together. Having the team operating at their full potential should ensure that we will be challenging for race wins as soon as possible. Having the test team based in Sepang also gives us a chance to test young and up coming Malaysian drivers." added Yoong.

-www.a1teammalaysia.com.my

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