Although forced to retire from the Sprint race on the streets of Durban, Alex Yoong bounced back to give A1 Team Malaysia another points finish in the latest round of the season in South Africa.

Yoong had endured a tough start to the weekend and lined up down in 17th place for the Sprint race but he was soon forced into retirement when a collision with Team China and Team Lebanon at the tight opening corner caused significant damage to the Malaysian entry and put Yoong into retirement.

The team worked hard to repair the car in time for the Feature race, with Yoong starting from the back of the grid. Having made a clean start to the race however, the former F1 racer was pushed wide at the first corner and found his way blocked by the stationary car of home favourite Adrian Zaugg. However, Yoong battled back into the top ten, before being forced into a second pitstop due to a steering wheel failure putting him two laps down.

Once again, Yoong fought back from his problems and by the end of the race was into eighth place, securing a hard earned points finish to end a difficult weekend.

"I'm gutted about the first race, with Lebanon hitting me up the rear so hard that I couldn't continue," Yonng said. "We had to fix the wing, the corner and the floor, so that was tough for the crew, but they were brilliant and got me back out for the Feature race. We made a lot of changes from yesterday to today and we only got to see how good it was in the main race. And it was good.

"The pitstops had all been done, we were seventh and I thought we could get in to the top five, but then the steering wheel came loose. That lost us over a lap, but we managed to keep fighting to the end, and took India which was good as well."

Team chief executive Jack Cunningham added that he believed his team had done well to bounce back and secure points from a tough weekend and paid tribute to his squad for the way they had performed.

"Bearing in mind our relatively poor qualifying position, and the fact that we started the Feature race from the back of the grid, we have done well here in Durban today, picking up valuable points, and leaving us still in a good position in the series," he said. "Alex and the team continue to overcome the obstacles to bring us results.

"This race is one of the toughest on the calendar. The extreme heat and humidity combined with one of the most unforgiving, physically and mentally demanding tracks really tests the driver and the car. Only eleven cars finished the Feature race which shows just how difficult a test Durban is, so all credit must go to Alex and all the Team members."

 

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