As another front runner who failed to score last time out in New Zealand, Malaysia will aim to return to form as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport heads to Eastern Creek this weekend for the seventh round of the season.

Alex Yoong and the team remain sixth in the championship standings despite the lack of points from the Taupo meeting and the former F1 racer will now hope to repeat his form from last season, when the Malaysian entry came home in the points in both races at the tricky Australian circuit.

"I was quickly able to get to grips with this track last year and I'm expecting this to be an advantage for us this time," he said. "Tyre pressures were really important here and that's one thing we'll be concentrating on. Apart from the all-important car setup, it's my job to get the most from the car and it's a track that I can attack on and, although overtaking isn't easy, there are some places which offer good opportunities and I'll be using these wherever possible."

Team Malaysia chief executive Jack Cunningham admitted that the previous weekend had been a tough one for the team, but he said that he was hopeful of a return to form in Australia - even without the services of reserve driver Fairuz Fauzy.

"New Zealand was a small setback for us, although we managed to maintain our sixth position in the overall standings," he said. "There are quite a few teams challenging us for sixth, but we're also in touch with the leaders, so the competition is fierce. We need to respond to the challenges and this weekend will be totally focused on putting in the level of performance that we've shown earlier in the season. Our team is one of the best in the paddock, so we can take the fight to our rival nations, and we all hope to be leaving Australia with more championship points.

"Fairuz is not available this weekend, which is a shame for us but he is needed in Europe this week to complete his arrangements for the upcoming season in Europe. We hope to have him back, perhaps in Durban, as his commitments allow."

 

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