DOUBLE VICTORY FOR A1 TEAM MALAYSIA IN BRNO Brno, Czech Republic, 08 October 2006 -- A1 Team Malaysia's first victory of the new A1GP season in the Sprint race at Brno, Czech Republic today was followed with a second win in the longer Feature ...
DOUBLE VICTORY FOR A1 TEAM MALAYSIA IN BRNO
Brno, Czech Republic, 08 October 2006 -- A1 Team Malaysia's first victory of the new A1GP season in the Sprint race at Brno, Czech Republic today was followed with a second win in the longer Feature race, a double celebration for Alex Yoong and his Malaysian crew.
Yoong's Sprint race win and fastest race lap earned him pole position for the 38 lap Feature race. The standing start saw the field of A1GP cars representing 23 nations from around the world race to the first corner, up to five abreast. In the frenetic opening section Yoong was pushed wide allowing the Canadian car to take the lead. Both countries held position until the round of pitstops, and after the window allowed for the tyre change Yoong still lay in second place.
As the race reached the closing stages he began to challenge Canada looking for a way past him. With six laps to go he had the momentum and made the move. Although there was some contact that put the Canadian car into a spin, Yoong made the pass stick and swept into the lead. By the chequered flag he had a lead of over eight seconds, a convincing second season win for the Malaysian team.
Yoong said after the two races, "It's been a fantastic weekend. After Zandvoort I knew we needed to have to score a few points here to get our championship started, and we went ahead and did it. To be honest I didn't expect it, because we did have quite a few problems in the Netherlands. We started slow on Friday, struggling a bit, but the car just got better and better, I could attack and that made a difference today.
I had a few attempts at overtaking Canada before I made it stick, but he got on the dirty stuff and I could see he was struggling. He'd done well up until then, but he ran wide and I dived up the inside. We both could have made it round the corner, but he turned in, trying to close the door, but I was already alongside and we made contact. That's motor racing, we're happy with the double win. Let's hope this success fills the stands in Sepang. We've done well on a track we don't know, wait until we get to one that we do know!"
Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive, A1 Team Malaysia, added, "It's an excellent result for us. We were delighted with one win, so to take the double is just perfect. It's the ultimate reward that we can have for all the hard work the crew, engineers and drivers put into this team throughout the days leading up to this afternoon's track action.
Our team carried out an excellent pitstop, calm and precise and which was responded to by Alex with his driving. He showed patience and cunning, stalking Canada till he knew it was time to move, securing this win for all of us.
It's been a very impressive performance by every member of the team. If we build on this we will be a force to be reckoned with at many more events in A1GP this season."
The two victories, and bonus point for fastest lap in the Sprint race, have catapulted A1 Team Malaysia to third place in the Championship standings.
The Malaysian team successfully completed its first year of A1GP in April this year, finishing fifth in the World Cup of Motorsport standings. The results included 14 top ten finishes and three podium places with the first victory for the team being recorded at the final race of the season in Shanghai, China. A1 Team France won the inaugural season of the Series, and this year a strong line-up of 23 nations will compete for the title.
-credit: team malaysia