Alex Yoong says he is chasing a strong points finish for A1 Team Malaysia as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport heads to South Africa for the eighth round of the year.

The team has suffered a series of highs and lows during the current season going from lowly practice positions in Australia to a double victory in the Czech Republic.

Last year's Durban feature race was completed by only nine cars, and with such high attrition, the team know that perseverance and precision are the key ingredients for success at this circuit.

"Like many other teams last year we were caught out by the unforgiving nature of this tight track," Yoong said. "The closeness of the concrete walls, the tight sections and the difficult hairpin combine to create one of the most testing race weekends in the A1GP calendar. The car isn't necessarily on its limits of power, but harnessing this power and releasing it in short bursts, finding every extra foot of braking distance, can be the difference between finishing in the points and a DNF.

"We need to get two strong points finishes this weekend, so I'm hoping to keep away from the immoveable walls and into the points, at least."

Yoong will be the sole occupant of the Malaysian car this weekend, without the benefit of Fairuz Fauzy driving in the first Friday practice session, but the team made a strategic decision to focus on Yoong this weekend.

"Fairuz is very busy with his commitments in other race series at the moment, so part of our decision rested on his need to plan for these," team chief executive Jack Cunningham said. "In addition, we saw last year the number of teams caught out by other driver's mistakes and we didn't want to risk having to compromise Alex's time in the car through any situations such as this. These two factors combined led us to the decision to run with only Alex behind the wheel this weekend.

"We need to turn our fortunes around more in Team Malaysia. We left the last race weekend in Australia with a few more points, but it's so tight in the overall Championship standings that we need to be amassing as many as possible every race that we compete in. The Durban street circuit is a prime opportunity for success, but on last year's event there are two extremes - victor or victim. We've been a victim of this unforgiving track, now we need to conquer it."

 

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