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Malaysia responds to Irish criticism.


A1 Team Malaysia has hit back at the criticism levelled in its direction by rivals Ireland following a collision between Fairuz Fauzy and Adam Carroll in Sunday's feature race at Kyalami.

Although television pictures showed the incident, it was difficult to apportion where blame, if any, lay - causing the two sides to exchange heated views in the post-race summaries.

The Irish team, which lost the championship lead to reigning champions Switzerland as a result of Carroll failing to score, insist that its racewinner was 'punted out' of the event having already passed Fauzy before he turned in for turn five on the opening lap.

"I'm pretty annoyed, pretty angry," Carroll fumed, "I made a good start and had already made up positions and we were having a battle. Malaysia was slow coming onto the back straight, so I used my push-to-pass and knew I was ahead. I even turned in quite late to give him some room, but he just hit me in the back right corner.”

Team principal Mark Gallagher was equally frustrated with what he described as an 'unacceptable incident'.

“Frankly, I'm disgusted," he said, "It's taken us four seasons to get to this level of competitiveness. We're pushing to win a championship and it's not the only time that this driver has caused incidents - in fact, he did the same thing to New Zealand later in the race. We were on course to consolidate our points lead today, but for a piece of poor driving. Team Malaysia is one of the very best in A1GP but, today, their driver has cost us dearly."

The Malaysian operation, however, has called the outburst misplaced, suggesting that Fauzy should be held as the villain of the piece, as Carroll had attempted a 'high risk' move. Indeed, the team insists that Fauzy had actually pulled over and not tried to defend his position, pointing to the steward's inquiry after the race that led to the conclusion that it was a racing incident.

"It's understandable that A1 Team Ireland was feeling emotional and frustrated after this incident, considering also that they lost the lead in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport," chief executive Jack Cunningham responded, "However, to blame Fairuz for the incident is unfair and we think the Irish team should stick to trying to win races rather than blaming others for their misfortune. A1 Team Ireland is a highly respected team, but on this occasion their comments are ill-judged."


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Fairuz Fauzy - A1 Team Malaysia [Pic credit: A1GP]
Mark Gallagher and Adam Carroll lift the A1GP trophy [Pic credit: A1GP]
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Adam Carroll - A1 Team Ireland [Pic credit: A1GP]
Adam Carroll [Pic credit: A1GP]
Adam Carroll [Pic credit: A1GP]
Adam Carroll [Pic credit: A1GP]
Aaron Lim will make his A1GP race debut for Team Malaysia at Brands Hatch
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Babe at the South African round of the A1GP season at Kyalami [Pic credit: A1GP Media]
Babe at the South African round of the A1GP season at Kyalami [Pic credit: A1GP Media]
Babe at the South African round of the A1GP season at Kyalami [Pic credit: A1GP Media]
Babe at the South African round of the A1GP season at Kyalami [Pic credit: A1GP Media]
Babe at the South African round of the A1GP season at Kyalami [Pic credit: A1GP Media]
Babe at the South African round of the A1GP season at Kyalami [Pic credit: A1GP Media]
Babes at the South African round of the A1GP season at Kyalami [Pic credit: A1GP Media]
Babe at the South African round of the A1GP season at Kyalami [Pic credit: A1GP Media]

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Kimi 4 09 - Unregistered

February 25, 2009 1:27 PM

I think Team Ireland have every right to be upset regarding the incident. Adam Carroll was cleanly past the Malayasin car. How many times this season have we seen that car make ill judged moves and others suffer as a consequence.

JohnBull - Unregistered

February 27, 2009 10:36 PM

I spoke to Adam, when he got back to the pits during the race, he was relaxed about what had happened and joked about it, no venom or malace, I suspect all the retoric came from his team bosses with Adam towing the company line later. How the previous commenters can have an opinion when the tv coverage did not show the incident. Adam has to realise a race is not won on the first lap especialy going round the outside on a green and very dirty corner & using push to pass ,crazy, and as for the NZ car, NZ was blocking a much faster car and paid the price. The stewards had a lot more evidence to hand and decided both incidents were "racing incidents" with no penalty. End of story.



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