A1 TEAM MALAYSIA CHASING POINTS FINISH A1 Team Malaysia is set for the finale of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Sydney, Australia tomorrow, after completing qualifying at the Eastern Creek track this afternoon. With 16th place on the grid ...
A1 TEAM MALAYSIA CHASING POINTS FINISH
A1 Team Malaysia is set for the finale of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Sydney, Australia tomorrow, after completing qualifying at the Eastern Creek track this afternoon. With 16th place on the grid for the Sprint race and 11th position for the Feature race, driver Fairuz Fauzy and the Malaysian team are intent on finishing the races in the top ten.
The morning practice was the final opportunity for the team to prepare for the afternoon qualifying session, which sets the grids for tomorrow's two races. Running on used tyres throughout the hour of running, Fauzy continued to make progress, working with the team to improve the pace of the car and pursue the best lines around the Eastern Creek circuit. In the practice hour the team completed 22 laps with Fauzy's fastest time on lap seven, although the focus was on car set up rather than a quick time in the morning.
The first flying lap run for Fauzy was a scramble for position and a clear track with the majority of the teams leaving it until the last few minutes of the 15 minutes session to take to the circuit. The Malaysian team posted 13th fastest lap in the first run, but dropped back slightly after the second flying lap, finishing 16th fastest, the team's grid position for the Sprint race.
As the session progressed the weather improved, with the rising temperature adding to the heat and tension of qualifying. The first of the two flying laps ended with Fauzy posting 15th fastest time and in the second he was able to push harder to finish 11th quickest, his position for the Feature race.
Fairuz Fauzy said of the qualifying sessions, "Getting back into the 'flying lap' style of A1GP qualifying takes a little bit of time. It's not easy to put together a quick lap with so little margin for error. There's always the compromise of leaving it until late in the session to get the best of the track balanced with the busier track as all your competitors are doing the same. I did have a bit of traffic but that's always going to be the case in these circumstances. Overall I think we have the car which can be in the top ten, so that remains my goal for tomorrow."
Jack Cunningham, A1 Team Malaysia added, "We have our work cut out tomorrow in the Sprint race with a lower grid position than we would have liked -- it will also put us in the thick of the field for the start of the race. But Fairuz is a racer and our teamwork is strong, so we'll be looking for improvement on our grid positions in both of the races. We are quite happy about our position for the Feature race. As there are many variables in this sport -- the weather, the other cars and the technical preparations amongst our competitors -- we'll be as ready as we can be when we line up on the grids for tomorrow. We are looking and hoping for top tens by the chequered flag of each race, recognising that this will be difficult in the Sprint."
The final day of the sixth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport takes place at Eastern Creek raceway, close to Sydney in Australia. A packed schedule of four wheel and two wheel racing, stunts and displays will support the two A1GP races. The morning 20 minutes Sprint race precedes the 70 minutes Feature race, with both of these offering World Cup of Motorsport points to the top ten finishers.
-credit: team malaysia