Team Malaysia will look to end the European leg of the A1GP series on a high as the self proclaimed World Cup of Motorsport heads to Portugal next weekend for the third meeting of the season at Estoril.

The team currently sits ninth in the standings after the opening rounds at Brands Hatch and the EuroSpeedway and will continue its programme of sharing driving duties between Fairuz Fauzy and former Minardi Formula One driver Alex Yoong - the team also confirming that both drivers will race at the Malaysian event which takes place at Sepang next month.

Team principal Jack Cunningham said the strategy of running both drivers was key to the team's goal of developing young Malaysian motor racing talent and building a team capable of competing at the highest level.

"We are recruiting, training and employing a number of personnel into our technical team in excess of individual race requirements, in order to have a pool of skilled professionals available to us at all times," he said. "We believe we need to be ready for all eventualities in this series and having two drivers who are both fully familiar with our cars and our team members is essential strategy.

"Certainly at some events only one driver will drive, we will look at that on a race-by-race basis. But you can be assured that both drivers will race at the A1 event in Malaysia. Malaysia will get to see both these talented sportsmen racing at Sepang in November at which time we will also be introducing you to the up and coming drivers and technical personnel of Malaysia."

The rules of A1 GP don't allow testing programmes outside of race weekends, which leaves all the teams to use the free practice sessions for driver evaluation and development. Although Cunningham admitted that it leaves Malaysia at a disadvantage as a two driver team, he said he felt it was still the right way to go.

"Let's not forget that all teams are in the same position," he said. "Whilst the lack of opportunity for free testing does come at a cost to us, in terms of not being able to give either driver as much time in the car as those one-driver teams, it's still the right way to go. Just look at Fairuz's performance. He's done well. He suffered from a cold at the German event but look at the effort he has put in. As far as Alex is concerned, look at his performance at Brands and at Eurospeedway, really outstanding stuff. So, as I have said previously, we are lucky we have two individuals of this calibre. Other nations I know are jealous of that resource. We are nurturing that so we can use it wisely."

 

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