After battling with mechanical issues throughout practice and qualifying, A1 Team Malaysia and driver Alex Yoong recovered well in Sunday's two races at Eastern Creek to take a pair of top eight finishes.

Seventh and sixth place results from Yoong around the tricky Australian road course helps keep Malaysia in a tie for sixth place in the overall championship just two points behind fourth placed Great Britain.

In the 15-lap sprint race, Yoong knew that the first lap would be his chance to gain ground from an unusually lowly tenth grid slot. At the green flag the Malaysian moved up immediately to lie eighth, maintaining this position as the race unfolded. The former F1 and Champ Car driver had a bit of luck on his side as a late race puncture forced the British car out of the race, elevating Yoong to seventh in the final laps, just one place away from the points.

The feature race, with the Malaysian starting from seventh place, saw drama from the start, with Singapore nudging Canada into a barrel roll off the track, bringing out a safety car period. Six laps later the race restarted and Yoong held position, pitting for his mandatory tyre change as soon as allowed. Returning to the track he improved a place to sixth and held this position until the chequered flag.

A1 Team Malaysia remains sixth in the A1GP World Cup standings with 35points, only two points behind the British team currently lying fourth.

Yoong reviewed the races saying, "In the Sprint race we had a good start and made up a couple of positions, but didn't really have an opportunity to makeup any more with so few laps.

"We had a great start for the Feature race, but the French car weaved towards me and I had to back out of the first corner, which allowed the Czech car to get past, so I should have been third or fourth. From then on I was just pushing as hard as I could. After the pitstop I had problems with the front right tyre graining, so although I could keep the Swiss car behind me, I couldn't make an impression on the Czech car ahead.

"We take away some points, which is good for the team and we move on to Durban for more A1GP action."

 

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