BEST QUALIFYING RESULT FOR A1 TEAM MALAYSIA AT INDONESIA Alex Yoong, driving for A1 Team Malaysia this weekend in Sentul, Indonesia at the Gudang Garam A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Indonesia recorded his best qualifying performance today, with the...
BEST QUALIFYING RESULT FOR A1 TEAM MALAYSIA AT INDONESIA
Alex Yoong, driving for A1 Team Malaysia this weekend in Sentul, Indonesia at the Gudang Garam A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Indonesia recorded his best qualifying performance today, with the Proton sponsored Malaysian car lining up sixth on the grid for tomorrow's Sprint Race.
The expected wet weather of the Asian rainy season greeted drivers yesterday for the practice sessions, which saw a number of casualties of the tough conditions.
Yoong took on these challenges and after the two practice sessions was the fastest driver of the day, the first time that Yoong has topped the time sheets for practice in the A1 Grand Prix series.
In the final practice session this morning, which took place in completely different weather conditions with light cloud and a dry track, extensive changes to the setup of the cars was required, with Yoong running 13th quickest.
In afternoon qualifying the rain stayed away, although dark clouds threatened as the session progressed. Yoong drove on used tyres for the first session, as he settled in to the 'flying lap' style of qualifying. Putting on new tyres for the second session, Yoong improved his lap time posting a provisional 6th place, then improved on this in the third segment. Saving a final set of new tyres for the final segment, Yoong was disappointed when rain arrived and the weather deteriorated, spoiling his opportunity for further lap time improvement.
Alex Yoong said after the session, "Our best qualifying so far, I think everyone in the team is a little bit pleased, because we were very quick today. We sorted out our balance issues from this morning and set our best times on old tyres. We saved a new set for the last run, but unfortunately it rained. These things happen, you never can tell, we took a gamble, but it didn't work out. Still, sixth place is a good starting position."
Jack Cunningham, Team Principal, added, "How quickly can things change? We had a very difficult weekend in South Africa, and here we are now, looking highly competitive and on course for a really good result. I'm really pleased for everyone in the team, who work so relentlessly each race weekend for A1 Team Malaysia."
The Gudang Garam A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Sentul, Indonesia continues tomorrow with two races, a 30 minute Sprint race and a one-hour Feature race which includes a mandatory tyre change pit stop.
8TV is the official Malaysian broadcaster of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations series.