A1 Team Malaysia prepares for A1GP Qualifying in Brno, Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic, 06 October 2006 - The opening day of A1GP World Cup of Motorsport racing took place today at the Masaryk Automotodrom Brno, the most famous race track in...
A1 Team Malaysia prepares for A1GP Qualifying in Brno, Czech Republic
Brno, Czech Republic, 06 October 2006 - The opening day of A1GP World Cup of Motorsport racing took place today at the Masaryk Automotodrom Brno, the most famous race track in the Czech Republic. Paying its first visit to the venue, the A1GP teams all took to the track today for practice sessions ahead of Sunday's race. Twenty of the teams took part in the early afternoon Rookie Session, but A1 Team Malaysia was unable to participate, as there are no Malaysian drivers qualified for this pre-event test.
A1 Team Malaysia regular driver, Alex Yoong, is representing his nation in Brno and used the one hour practice period to prepare for the Sprint and Feature races. He posted 15th fastest time, although the team were concentrating on specific preparation programmes rather than outright speed.
Yoong said, "It's an unusual track. Time isn't important today, as we spent quite a bit of time bedding in new brakes, when the tyres were fresh so we didn't set a quick time. Nevertheless, we're still a little off the pace. I think there's a little more to come from me; I need to understand what the track needs in terms of setup to get the best from it, and there's definitely quite a bit more to come from the car, as we're still not reaching its limits."
Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive, A1 Team Malaysia, "I think there were quite a few teams struggling to find the right setup this afternoon. The first practice session is always a mix of working through various technical procedures that need to be done, learning the circuit, and from this starting point, developing the car to maximise its potential for the track. We have another one hour session tomorrow to continue this work and, after some analysis with the engineers, I know Alex will be back in the seat tomorrow looking for those extra seconds that he needs to break into the top ten."
The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Brno, is the second event of the new season of the Series following the opening round in Zandvoort, Netherlands, last week. The team posted the fastest lap of the Feature race and is aiming to build on this early showing of competitiveness in the races this Sunday.
-credit: team malaysia