Alex Yoong was left to rue incorrect tyre pressures for losing a possible podium result in front of home fans at Sepang during the sodden feature race, round eight of the A1 Grand Prix Championship.

A weekend that promised much but ultimately ended with unfulfilled potential, Malaysia nonetheless came away with a solid double points finish to the delight of the crowds and means they now move up to third in the championship standings.

Starting seventh for the dry sprint race, Yoong's start proved to be one of the moments of the race when he got the drag on the field in front of him to vault past Great Britain, China and Netherlands to move up to fourth by the end of the first lap.

Sustaining pressure from Robbie Kerr for the entire race, Yoong took three points for fourth place, as well as a second row starting position for the feature race.

However, a deluge of rain prior to the race threw a curve ball for the teams in terms of trying to set their cars up for wet weather conditions. However, soon after the race started behind the safety car, Yoong found himself struggling with tyre pressures that gave his car no grip around the slippery circuit.

Dropping down to eighth place before eventually hauling his car into the pits early than originally anticipated, Yoong's misery was further compounded by a sticking wheelnut, dropping him to a net 14th place by the midway point of the race.

Nonetheless, with the set-up now seemingly sorted, Yoong went on a charge, lapping some three seconds quicker than he had been doing and quickly making up the ground on those in front of him.

Utilising his 'push to pass' button numerously, Yoong managed to overtake five cars in just seven laps, including two on the same lap, culminating in him eventually catching and passing New Zealand's Jonny Reid for seventh on the penultimate lap.

However, while Yoong was thrilled with an ultimate pace that saw him record the fastest lap four times in the final four laps of the race, he was frustrated he had wasted so much time at the beginning with an ill-handling car

"It was really a tale of two halves. In the first half we were really struggling with grip and I think the tyre pressures were higher than we expected. Teams were just going by me and I wasn't able to hold them back.

"We decided to pit earlier than planned; we lowered the tyre pressures and suddenly the grip was there. I was able to overtake and drive hard. If we'd had the same grip in the first half as the second I think we could have won it."



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