A1 TEAM MALAYSIA CONFIDENT FOR A1GP DURBAN QUALIFYING The opening day of practice at the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Durban, South Africa, gave A1 Team Malaysia driver Fairuz Fauzy the first taste of the challenging street circuit and with two...
A1 TEAM MALAYSIA CONFIDENT FOR A1GP DURBAN QUALIFYING
The opening day of practice at the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Durban, South Africa, gave A1 Team Malaysia driver Fairuz Fauzy the first taste of the challenging street circuit and with two strong sessions and the team comfortably within the top ten throughout, the team is confident that they have the pace for a good qualifying position tomorrow.
A1 Team Malaysia was able to take advantage of Fauzy's eligibility for the morning practice session and wasted no time in using it to prepare for the weekend ahead. With no prior experience here, Fauzy's first job was to learn the circuit and understand the challenges it presented, particularly with the need to use the chicane to full advantage and avoid the numerous bumps on the street circuit. After a session which featured yellow and red flags for on-track incidents, A1 Team Malaysia worked through a setup programme in their preparations to finish fourth quickest.
The afternoon session was blighted with red flags, the final one bringing the session to a premature end. This limited the time the team had to improve the car and the number of laps that Fauzy was able to complete and learn from. Despite this, the young Malaysian driver finished 10th fastest.
Fauzy said after the sessions, "I am happy with this initial day of running and I think we have a good baseline to build on for qualifying. We have collected plenty of data which will be used to make improvements in our performance. I think a top ten qualifying spot is comfortably within our reach, and I believe that a top five position could be achievable. I'm enjoying running on this track; it's very challenging although very bumpy!"
Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive, A1 Team Malaysia, commented, "We've had a very positive start to the weekend. Fairuz has shown his maturity with his sensible approach to this unforgiving circuit and that has helped us to our strong results today. It is extremely competitive here with 4 or 5 teams separated by only one tenth of a second. We now need to carry our momentum through tomorrow for qualifying and we are quietly hopeful for top ten starts for the two races on Sunday."
The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Durban, South Africa is the only street circuit event on the Series calendar. This weekend's races are a return to the venue for the third visit, with both previous events drawing a sell-out crowd of enthusiastic spectators enjoying the spectacle, drama and excitement of this unique brand of motor racing.