LIMITED RUNNING HAMPERS MALAYSIA PERFORMANCE A1 Team Malaysia was out on track today for the opening practice sessions of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Zhuhai, China. Aaron Lim, the team's young rookie driver and Alex Yoong, the regular...
LIMITED RUNNING HAMPERS MALAYSIA PERFORMANCE
A1 Team Malaysia was out on track today for the opening practice sessions of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Zhuhai, China. Aaron Lim, the team's young rookie driver and Alex Yoong, the regular driver for Malaysia represent the nation in the Series and were both at the circuit today. Yoong finished the day in 15th place at the end of practice, while Lim had been unable to record a time in the rookie session
The morning session running for Lim was hampered at the beginning with a clutch failure which sidelined the team for the first part of the rookie session. Working quickly and thoroughly the mechanics set to work to make the necessary repairs, but were unable to be back out on track for the remainder of the session.
Lim said of his brief experience in the A1 Team Malaysia car at Zhuhai, "Obviously I'm disappointed that I wasn't able to participate in the rookie session. I just had one out lap and realised that there was a problem with the clutch, so I had to return to the pits. Sometimes these things just happen and I just have to look forwards, and wait for my next opportunity to drive the A1 Team Malaysia car, which will now be in January at Taupo, New Zealand, so I have to wait until next year!"
In the afternoon Yoong took over the driving seat for Malaysia, but after only four laps was forced to return to the garage for the Malaysian crew to inspect the car and make further repairs after seeing smoke in the cockpit.
Yoong said of his limited running time, "We really seemed to be jinxed this season with small problems which are not of anyone's making, but just compromise our ability to challenge for top ten positions. This start is probably the most difficult one we've had in terms of lack of running. It will put us on the back foot for the rest of the weekend, but I know we'll all try our hardest to have a better day tomorrow and through to the races."
Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive, A1 Team Malaysia said after the two sessions, "We're all disappointed to have had so little time on the track today and it's been particularly difficult for Aaron and Alex who just didn't have a chance to learn the track and start working on developing the car's performance. I know everyone will pull together to recover from this setback and we'll make some progress tomorrow. Despite the lack of running Alex was able to put in some encouraging lap times and we will be able to make improvements tomorrow."
The team will be looking to put the first day of Zhuhai behind them now and push on tomorrow for final practice in the morning. The afternoon will be the qualifying session for the two races which will set the grid for each of these. On Sunday the 20 minutes Sprint race will take place in the morning with the longer 70 minutes Feature race, with two mandatory pitstops, concluding the event in the afternoon.