A1 Team Malaysia continued race preparations for the ninth, and penultimate, round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Shanghai, China today, finishing seventh in qualifying for the Sprint race and sixth for the Feature race. These are the best...
A1 Team Malaysia continued race preparations for the ninth, and penultimate, round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Shanghai, China today, finishing seventh in qualifying for the Sprint race and sixth for the Feature race. These are the best grid positions achieved by the team so far this season. It was a closely fought battle amongst the front runners, with the Malaysian team featuring heavily in the fight for top grid positions.
Morning practice was an uninterrupted one hour of running in cool temperatures, but with plenty of heat on the track. The leader board changed regularly as the front running teams all pushed to gain the maximum from their cars. Malaysia ran close to the top ten throughout, finishing just outside it at 11th by the end of the session.
In the first qualifying session Yoong posted 12th quickest time after his first flying lap, and then put in a faster time with new tyres to take seventh for the Sprint race.
For the Feature, Yoong spun in the first qualifying segment to lie 22nd with one to go. On his final attempt at a top grid slot, he pushed hard and posted sixth quickest time to take that position for the 70 minutes feature race tomorrow. Both results are the best qualifying positions for the team this season.
Yoong said of qualifying, "I'm very pleased that we have two strong top ten starts for tomorrow. In the first season we won here and although in the second season we didn't have a particularly good weekend in the lead up to the race, we came away with a good result. This season I hope we can have two good results. With our grid positions that's certainly within our reach. The car is good and I'm feeling very positive heading into tomorrow. This is a great track for overtaking and we hope to do plenty of it in both races and hopefully be able to make up a few positions."
Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive A1 Team Malaysia commented, "I'm really pleased to see us improve on our performance in qualifying. The grid position can be such an important factor in the fortunes of the team in the races, and starting as far forward as possible is always the goal. From seventh and then sixth we have a realistic chance of a top five finish in each race. We have the package to do the job and hope that we can bring home the points for Malaysia tomorrow."
The final day of the Shanghai race weekend will include the 20 minute Sprint race and 70 minute Feature race tomorrow. A full support programme, the traditional opening ceremony and drivers parade will provide a day-long package of entertainment for the Chinese spectators.