AARON & ALEX TASTE THE BRNO CIRCUIT A1 Team Malaysia continued its third season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport with the opening day of practice in Brno, Czech Republic. This, the second of two European venues on the international calendar...
AARON & ALEX TASTE THE BRNO CIRCUIT
A1 Team Malaysia continued its third season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport with the opening day of practice in Brno, Czech Republic. This, the second of two European venues on the international calendar of A1GP events holds happy memories for the team, with Alex Yoong scoring a double victory at this circuit last season.
Yoong is joined by rookie driver, Aaron Lim in Brno for his first outing this season for the team. The team were 17th fastest in afternoon practice.
The rookie session was Lim's return to the A1GP car after a break of a couple of months, with his previous outing at the Silverstone, UK, test session for all teams prior to the start of the season.
Lim joined Malaysia last season and has played an important role in the performance of the team running in the rookie sessions, as well as gaining valuable experience of a top-level international single-seater racing car.
Lim worked with the team to complete the routine setup tasks in the first part of the rookie session and ran 14th quickest lap. In the second session he focused on developing the car for the circuit and improved to 6th fastest. He said of his morning's work, "It felt good to be back in the A1 car, as it's been a while since Silverstone. In the rookie session we made good use of the time and as well as the routine tasks, I was taking on additional preparation work and I was able to push a little more, so I enjoyed this."
Of the circuit Lim commented, "It's a beautiful circuit, very flowing, quite challenging and some very long corners. It's my favourite track so far." Aaron will be with the team for the weekend and says, "It's a bit cold here for me, so I might not be venturing too far out on circuit. I'll watch from the pits and continue to learn from everyone around me in the team and especially Alex."
Lim handed the car over to Yoong after his hour of track time, with the popular Malaysian driver starting his preparations for Sunday's two races. This first practice hour was an opportunity for Yoong to reacquaint himself with the track and develop the car for tomorrow's qualifying and the two races. All the drivers began the session with new tyres and used these throughout, as they focused on car balance and performance. Yoong ran consistently throughout practice to finish 17th quickest by its conclusion.
He said of his session, "It's been a little frustrating today. We've set up the car exactly as we did for Brno last year when we were very quick, yet we haven't got the pace we need. I think it's important for us not to panic. We have a lot of oversteer which seems to get worse as the run goes on; we think it might be a problem with the diff, but we're not sure. We just need to work through the problems and that's our plan for this evening now."
Jack Cunningham, CEO, A1 Team Malaysia concluded, "We're obviously not happy to have been running on the pace of the second half of the grid, rather than the top half, but we'll be looking closely at every aspect of the car set up and performance in efforts to regain ground and I know that everyone will be pushing hard to get the results we want. This morning Aaron drove well and is making steady, positive progress in his driving. He's working well with the team and that's showing through in his lap times in the rookie session."
The A1GP Brno, Czech Republic, event continues tomorrow with a final hour of practice in the morning and the afternoon qualifying session which will set the grid for each of Sunday's races.