MALAYSIA CONFIDENT AFTER FIRST PRACTICE DAY IN HOME EVENT OF A1GP WORLD CUP OF MOTORSPORT A1 Team Malaysia completed the first day of practice for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Malaysia, with the sixth fastest time of the day. In morning ...
MALAYSIA CONFIDENT AFTER FIRST PRACTICE DAY IN HOME EVENT OF A1GP WORLD CUP OF MOTORSPORT
A1 Team Malaysia completed the first day of practice for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Malaysia, with the sixth fastest time of the day. In morning practice Fairuz Fauzy clocked the third quickest lap and in the afternoon Alex Yoong was sixth fastest overall.
The A1GP teams were ready for a strong day of running at Sepang International Circuit and with fine weather for all but ten minutes of the sessions, A1 Team Malaysia and 20 other national teams enjoyed the wide, sweeping track.
In morning practice Fauzy was able to work through a planned programme of car set up and engineering developments in preparation for the weekend. Handing over the Malaysian car to Yoong for the afternoon, the team was able to continue with the work of Fauzy and try a number of set up options ahead of final practice and qualifying tomorrow.
Fauzy said on his return to the A1GP car after time away from the Series, "I'm quite pleased with our performance this morning; it didn't take me long to get back on the pace. I didn't expect to be so quick this morning as last time I was here I was slower. I think qualifying will be much quicker this year. It's good to be back in the car, and keeping driving through the year. It's also good to help the team and share my experience so that A1 Team Malaysia can be highly competitive.
Yoong adds, "Although we're sixth quickest to be honest I'm quite disappointed. We haven't got the car perfect yet, there's still a lot of work to be done before tomorrow's session to sort it out, but I think it'll be fine." On his chances of taking pole tomorrow, "Anything's possible".
Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive, A1 Team Malaysia, adds, "We're up there in the mix of the top times and I think there's more to come from the team. Fairuz and Alex work well together and our overall package is very strong now. We're feeling very positive for qualifying tomorrow, and will certainly be aiming for pole. We've achieved it once already this season, so there's every reason we can do it again."
The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Malaysia, is the fourth round of the second season of the Series. A1 Team Malaysia lies fifth in the Championship standings after three events, and have already scored a pole position and two victories.
Track action at the Sepang circuit continues tomorrow with final practice and official qualifying tomorrow, followed by the Sprint and Feature races on Sunday.