Varying weather conditions put A1 Team Malaysia through its paces today in the opening practice sessions of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Australia, with driver Alex Yoong getting to grips with his A1 race car during the course of the day. In...
Varying weather conditions put A1 Team Malaysia through its paces today in the opening practice sessions of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Australia, with driver Alex Yoong getting to grips with his A1 race car during the course of the day.
In the opening session Yoong finished 17th fastest and in the afternoon he improved 10 places to finish 7th quickest in the second session.
Yoong had to contend with intermittent rain in the first practice session which challenged the team to find the right car set-up as the conditions changed. In the second session, on a dry track, the young Malaysian showed his skill in quickly getting to grips with the car, as he upped his pace and ran comfortably within the top ten throughout the session. At the end of the one hour practice, Yoong finished seventh fastest.
He reviewed his day saying, "Our time this morning wasn't reflective of our performance as we missed out on running in the dry when other teams set their quickest lap. I'm happy with our performance this afternoon. We tried a lot of new things and I think we've learnt something about the car. We weren't going for times today; we were just trying various things on the car and we didn't put on new rubber. I'm optimistic for tomorrow. I think we can qualify in the top ten, and might even improve on that and sneak in o the top five."
Jack Cunningham, Team Principal, added, "We left Europe with strong results and have moved to the other side of the world where we hope to continue with this form. It didn't take Alex much time to get on the pace and I think his experience of driving here last year, although in a V8 Supercar, has proved to be of value to us. We're aiming to maintain this consistency, looking to move into the top five in qualifying tomorrow afternoon."
A1 Grand Prix is a new, unique concept in international motor racing, with the 12 race series featuring 25 national teams competing on an equal basis, racing identical cars with no electronic driver aids, leading to performance being determined by human bravery, skill and excellence. The Series will travel across five continents through the winter months, with visits including Europe, Australasia, South Africa, North and South America.
The 5th round of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations will be at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia 18-20 November 2005.