Durban: Team Malaysia Saturday report

BRIGHT SUNSHINE GREETS A1 TEAM MALAYSIA FOR QUALIFYING DAY The torrential rain which greeted the A1 Grand Prix series in the opening day of the first ever street race in the city of Durban was replaced with bright sunshine and high humidity,...

BRIGHT SUNSHINE GREETS A1 TEAM MALAYSIA FOR QUALIFYING DAY

The torrential rain which greeted the A1 Grand Prix series in the opening day of the first ever street race in the city of Durban was replaced with bright sunshine and high humidity, and a dry track to bring a new challenge to A1 Team Malaysia.

Alex Yoong was pleased to post tenth fastest qualifying time.

Yoong performed well on the dry track in morning practice, running comfortably in the top five for the time he was out on track, but a lock up of his brakes pushed him into the tyre barriers, resulting in damage to the Team Malaysia car and loss of most of the green flag practice time. However, the crew worked hard to repair the car and was able to be ready for the qualifying session.

"I'm reasonably happy with a top ten start" said Yoong after the qualifying session. "My excursion into the wall this morning in final practice meant we lost a lot of dry running track time and it took longer to get into the groove and we didn't have as much time as we wanted to set the car up. A tough weekend so far, but I'm happy with tenth. Tomorrow is going to be a race of attrition; I think as long as we are in the top ten and stay out of trouble there's a chance of a good finish position."

Jack Cunningham, Team Principal, added, "Our weekend so far has been made interesting by the dramatically changing weather conditions, but today's good, dry track conditions have allowed us to show our abilities on this challenging new street circuit in Durban, which has put all the A1 teams to the test. The crew has worked really hard to keep the car out on track as much as possible, and Alex did well to be tenth. The most memorable part of our day has been running for the first time with branding on the car and team from our new sponsor, Proton."

Tomorrow's A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Durban will be the first ever street race in the capital city of Kwazulu-Natal province and has been embraced by the race fans of South Africa, with an expected crowd of 50,000 spectators. The first race of the two-race programme will be a 30 minute Sprint Race featuring a rolling start. The main Feature race is one hour duration with a compulsory tyre change pitstop.

8TV is the official Malaysian broadcaster of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations.

-team malaysia-

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Series A1GP
Drivers Alex Yoong , Jack Cunningham