A1 TEAM MALAYSIA MOVES TO 7th IN THE WORLD CUP OF MOTORSPORT The A1 Grand Prix of Mexico, held at Parque Fundidora, Monterrey produced two exciting races with A1 Team Malaysia collecting four valuable points in the Series standings, after ...
A1 TEAM MALAYSIA MOVES TO 7th IN THE WORLD CUP OF MOTORSPORT
The A1 Grand Prix of Mexico, held at Parque Fundidora, Monterrey produced two exciting races with A1 Team Malaysia collecting four valuable points in the Series standings, after finishing 7th in the Sprint race. The feature race resulted in an 11th place finish for the team, just outside the points. The net result was moving the team from 9th to 7th in the series standings.
Yoong qualified 11th for the Sprint race and made his customary strong start to lie in eighth place at the end of the opening lap. The safety car was deployed for an incident between Mexico and Ireland and on the return to green flag racing A1 Team Malaysia maintained positioned. As the race drew to a close Yoong gained a further position, to lie seventh at the chequered flag and collect valuable points for the team in the World Cup of Motorsport standings.
In the Feature race, Yoong lined up on the fourth row of the grid and after the opening lap were lying in their start place. A1 Team Malaysia chose to pit early with the leading pack, returning to the track in 14th place. Yoong chased hard over the following laps, making up ground and reaching ninth place at half distance. Yoong dropped a place in the restart after a late race safety car to lie 11th, a place he maintained until the chequered flag.
"It's been quite a tough weekend", said Yoong. "In the Sprint race we raced above where we should have been, but we just couldn't get temperature into the tyres and were just not fast enough, but we'll take the points. In the second race there was a point in the middle of the race where we had a long run when the car was working well and we were doing some good laps, but as soon as the safety car came out we lost tyre temperature and went backwards. A really tough weekend and I'm disappointed we didn't get any points in the second race."
Jack Cunningham echoed Yoong's sentiments, "On a positive note, we take away four more World Cup of Motorsport points and have moved up to seventh in the overall standings.
As Alex has said, its not been an easy weekend. We have found it difficult to get temperature into the tyres and that's held us back since the first session on Friday. The sprint race went well for us but that result is balanced with a little disappointment that we couldn't add to the points tally in the Feature race.
However, the team members worked very hard this weekend and I feel they deserved more. But, as I have said, this series is becoming highly competitive, so it won't always be possible to achieve as much as the team want. Since the Team first started working together back in August of last year, we have built not only our skills but also our spirit -- we will be back out trying our hardest for Malaysia in the USA in two weeks time. We are 7th in the championship now. I think we have a chance to squeeze a little higher if we continue to work solidly through the last two races of the season."
The A1 Grand Prix series moves on to North America with its first visit to the USA taking the international field of drivers to Laguna Seca in California, a picturesque circuit hidden away in a natural bowl in the hills overlooking Monterey Bay. The race takes place from 10 -- 12 March and will be the penultimate round of the inaugural A1 Grand Prix series, which has its finale in Shanghai, China on April 2.