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 only thirty minutes of practice time, but with Alex Yoong running 14th quickest...
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 only thirty minutes of practice time, but with Alex Yoong running 14th quickest the team is confident that they have the pace for a good qualifying position.
A1 Team Malaysia had opted not to participate in the morning practice session allocated to reserve and young drivers and were prepared for an intensive programme of development in the afternoon hour of practice time. After around half an hour of running a small area of broken tarmac on the temporary street track created a safety issue which forced an early finish for the session.
Yoong had been using the first part of the session to reacquaint himself with the track, after racing here a year ago, but had not been driving for a competitive lap time.
He said after the session, "We didn't really have much time today, which was unfortunate. We had a full programme of car setup changes that we wanted to try, but we just didn't have the time to get through it with so little time. But we're quite confident that we're in the ballpark with the car and I feel quite happy that we'll be quick tomorrow. As long as we get a full quota of dry running tomorrow morning, we'll have a better idea of our qualifying pace, and I'm happy that we can have a strong result tomorrow."
Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive, A1 Team Malaysia, commented, "We're disappointed that we didn't have the full hour of running this afternoon, and it threw our strategy for today. However we are very comfortable with the set up of the car today after only 29 minutes or so of running and whilst the team hasn't had much chance to collect data and analyse the setup requirements for this track in this weekend's conditions, we're confident that we have the team that can rise to the challenge of these circumstances.
We have another hour of running tomorrow morning and as long as there are not too many red flag stoppage periods, there's no reason why we can't be fully prepared for qualifying. Let's see what happens tomorrow."
The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Durban, South Africa is the second street circuit event on the Series calendar, with the first one of the season taking place in Beijing late last year. This weekend's races are a return to the venue for the Series, with last year's event drawing a sell-out crowd of enthusiastic spectators enjoying the spectacle, drama and excitement of this unique brand of motor racing.
-credit: team malaysia