Alex Yoong led A1 Team Malaysia to its second consecutive top six championship placing at the end of the nation vs. nation series' sophomore campaign, courtesy of a brace of top ten finishes in the season finale at Brands Hatch.

The former grand prix driver qualified in sixth spot around the undulating Kent circuit, converting that into a fifth-place finish in the shorter sprint race after powering past Narain Karthikeyan in the Indian entry off the starting grid. The feature event was looking better yet, as the 30-year-old leapfrogged the French machine to steal fourth through Paddock Hill Bend, but a botched tyre stop dropped him back down to tenth place and out of contention. He would recover to ninth at the chequered flag, leaving Malaysia just two points shy of matching the fifth position it achieved in the series' inaugural campaign.

"We were running fourth," Yoong said of his feature race woes, "and although we didn't have the pace of the first two cars, we could have challenged Italy ahead. I was looking forward to the pit-stop and thought if we had a good one we definitely had a chance of a podium, but we had a difficult stop and dropped places.

"We went back to tenth place, and as it's so difficult to overtake at Brands we didn't really get too much chance to improve on that. We managed to take one car for ninth, but that's as far as we managed. At the end of the day we've had a very good year with three race wins, and when we've been quick we've been very good. We've proved we have the team that can do the business; we just need to be more consistent."

Those three victories over the course of the campaign were accompanied by a trio of pole positions and brace of fastest laps, and A1 Team Malaysia chief executive Jack Cunningham professed himself pleased with his squad's showing, despite the disappointing ending.

"Sometimes things just don't go your way in this sport," he acknowledged, "and in the feature race that certainly happened for us. Just one small problem with a wheel change and it cost us a place in the standings.

"Nevertheless I think we improved our overall performance this year, with teamwork and strong driving from Alex ensuring that we are one of the favourites for the title next season. There's always room for improvement, though, and the work won't stop now; we'll start planning for the third season of racing and look forward to challenging for more race wins next season."