Team Malaysia are confident of a strong weekend at Sepang after Alex Yoong posted the sixth quickest time during the opening day of running for the fourth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

Both Yoong and rookie team-mate Fairuz Fauzy were on the pace at the home of the Malaysian Grand Prix on a day when mixed weather conditions hit the Sepang circuit - although luckily for the A1GP paddock, the rain wasn't as heavy as that that flooded parts of the track during the recent MotoGP group test.

In morning practice, Fauzy was able to work through a planned programme of car set-up and engineering developments in preparation for the weekend. During the session, he posted the third quickest time behind Nico Hulkenberg and Adrian Zaugg.

"I'm quite pleased with our performance this morning; it didn't take me long to get back on the pace," he said. "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 then took over the car for the afternoon session and posted the sixth quickest time ahead of final practice and qualifying on Saturday - although he admitted he hoped to be higher.

"Although we're sixth quickest to be honest I'm quite disappointed," he said. "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."

Team boss Jack Cunningham added that the team was confident of fighting for pole after its first day display.

"We're up there in the mix of the top times and I think there's more to come from the team," he said. "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."



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