A1 Team Malaysia's Fairuz Fauzy posted a new lap record at Donington Park on Thursday, when he smashed the previous marker set by Ayrton Senna back in 1993 at the F1 European Grand Prix.

Fauzy, who was also quickest on Tuesday, when wet weather limited the amount of running, ended the day four tenths of a second ahead of the other five nations on track, his best effort a 1 minute 17.474 seconds.

In total Fauzy and A1 Team Malaysia covered close to 500 kilometres over the two days, checking all the mechanical parts, engine installations and systems ahead of the 2008/09 season with the new A1GP 'Powered by Ferrari' car.

While the squad had a few technical problems on Thursday afternoon, they were quickly solved and all-in-all the team was apparently buoyed by the achievements of the week.

"We've made a good start and I've enjoyed these initial runs," said Fauzy. "We've had fairly good reliability, which is positive, though there have been some problems to deal with as all new cars tend to have technical issues at the beginning.

"Most of the running that is being done at these early stages is for us to start to understand the characteristics of the car and how it reacts in different conditions.

"We were able to run in the wet and develop a good balance for these conditions, and without rain this afternoon we could then work on a dry set up. Every change we made we went quicker and it kept us at the top of the time sheets. Of course, there were only a few cars running today so we've yet to see how quick we'll be when all cars take to the track.

"I'm pleased with the progress we've made over the course of the two days, but there's a long way to go yet. We've only scratched the surface of getting to grips with the car and we'll be learning more and more each time we run. From now onwards this will be in race conditions, so it's going to be a challenge for us all, and a very exciting one."

 

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