After a strong start to the 2008/09 season at Zandvoort, A1 Team Malaysia will seek to impress as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport heads to China this weekend for the second round of the year.
Fairuz Fauzy took a win and a second place in the Netherlands to help the Malaysian's into a share of the early lead in the standings alongside France.
Fauzy will once again be at the wheel for the team for the second weekend of the season but will be heading into the unknown somewhat, having not raced at the Chengdu circuit before in his career.
“We're heading to a venue that is an unknown quantity for most of us,” he said. “There's very little track data available to us and I think maybe only one driver will have raced here previously, so it will be a truly level playing field. It's good to present A1GP at new locations and open up new audiences to the series.
“I'm proud to be heading the nations table at this early stage, but there's a long way to go and a lot can happen, so we just need to take one weekend at a time. The aim has to be consistency and maintaining the performance level that we attained in Zandvoort. However some of the teams have been out testing to bring their test miles up to the same as others, so I'm expecting the competition to be tougher. There'll also be more teams out in Chengdu which increases the challenge for us.”
Seat-holder Jack Cunningham said the team was keen to build on its Dutch success to maintain its lead at the head of the pack.
“We've enjoyed nearly five weeks as championship leaders and celebrating our achievements, with Fauzy and the team all performing so well in Zandvoort,” he said. “Now we've tasted this level of success we just want more. We're realistic though; there'll be more teams on track, many have now had a little more testing so the playing field will be level. With the competition very high as we know from previous seasons, we'll have to work hard to stay at the top. The season has only just started and there's a long way to go, so we need to stay focused on the weekend and target as many points as possible.”
Fauzy will be joined for the weekend by Aaron Lim, who will take part in the rookie sessions at the Chinese circuit as he gets his first taste of the Powered by Ferrari car.