With just a short half-day remaining at the latest A1 Grand Prix group test at Paul Ricard, Team Malaysia reported a successful completion to its first two sessions with Alex Yoong and Fairuz Fauzy sharing driving duties.

A total of 20 cars, representing 20 nations from six continents, shared the hi-tech French circuit, clocking an impressive 3000km between them over the two days. Yoong and Fauzy shared the cockpit of the yellow Malaysian entry on both days, with the GP2 regular getting his first taste of the Lola-built chassis that will be pressed into competition when the series kicks off at Brands Hatch next month.

"Both Fairuz and I have gained a lot from these two days of testing and it had been nothing but exhilarating," Yoong admitted, "We concentrated on set-up tuning to get the best out of the 550bhp car for the first race at Brands Hatch, and focused on heavy fuel loads rather than going for qualifying conditions. We are looking forward to the final day tomorrow to complete our programme."

Sometime F1 and CART driver Yoong admitted that Fauzy had done 'a good job' over the first two days, belying that fact that the F3 graduate had not sampled the A1GP machine before being the first man to take to the track on Wednesday morning. Fauzy, who also took part in the first ever A1GP rolling start simulation at the end of day two, admitted to being very impressed by both the series and the car.

"I am very honoured and proud to be associated with A1 Team Malaysia and the A1 Grand Prix 'World Cup of Motorsport'," he said, "We are all very excited, not only as drivers, but also as members of our country's team. The competition is going to be very intense and tight, but we hope to spark the imagination of all Malaysians at home and around the world."

Team principal Jack Cunningham commented on the mood in the camp, and admitted that seeing his two pilots working so closely together boded well for the future.

"The team has worked really well together," he said, "It's incredible to see both the drivers interacting well between themselves, as well as with the engineers and the mechanics, to see through the test programme over the two days."

 

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