The longest run of starts in A1GP history will come to an end at Eastern Creek after Team Malaysia announced that Alex Yoong will not compete in Australia.

The former F1 racer has started the last 45 races but will not race this weekend after the team elected to bring in Fairuz Fauzy for the full weekend - with Fauzy still being eligible to compete in the rookie sessions.

"New Zealand was a weekend that we would prefer to forget," Jack Cunningham, A1 Team Malaysia's chief executive said. "We are having a really awful time of it at the moment with bad luck playing such a part in New Zealand together with the hand injury that affected Alex in the main race.

"We have a strong, capable and resilient team, and a team of some depth. Although Alex has driven in the majority of races, celebrating his 50th drive in A1GP in New Zealand, we are pleased to give Fairuz this opportunity to drive the Malaysian car again.

"We will all be working to focus on our goals for Malaysia this weekend. We have shown our capabilities in the first two seasons and despite the setbacks of the past events our determination has never once wavered this season.

"We are hoping that, with Fairuz being able to do the rookie session as well, we can boost our results, results that haven't been anywhere near our expectations."

Fauzy, who competed in the first A1GP event at Brands Hatch back in 2005, heads to Australia on the back of a podium finish in the opening rounds of the GP2 Asia Series and he admitted he was pleased to back in Malaysian colours.

"I have always been a big supporter of the team," he said. "Recently I have concentrated on my other racing programmes and have not been available. I am delighted to be back with the team and, for this particular event, to be able to take advantage of the remaining rookie session I am allowed to run in, followed by the remaining sessions this weekend."



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