Alex Yoong will drive both races in the next A1 Grand Prix series round, contrary to recent policy in the A1 Team Malaysia camp that has seen the former F1 pilot sharing duties with Fairuz Fauzy.

Yoong gets his chance to contest both the sprint and feature race after Fauzy found that his wedding coincided with the sixth round of the series, in Dubai, this weekend. As a result, Malaysia's hopes of retaining the top six points position attained on home soil at Sepang three weeks ago will fall on Yoong's shoulders, but he is confident that he can maintain the run of form that has seen the team rack up consistent top ten finishes.

"Our highest finish position so far is fifth, which we've achieved three times now, so we've proved we're competitive and can run up front," Yoong said, "We want to step up another gear now, and our goal is to bring the car home consistently in the points and, hopefully, get us, one day, in the top three. The name of the game is consistency now.

"I haven't been to the Dubai Autodrome before, but most of the other drivers are also new to the track, so I need to learn it quickly and spend as little time as possible getting on the pace and dialling the car in. We have a lot of experience in this team, so that should help us get ahead at a new track."

"Team Malaysia has proved it is a serious contender in the series, with seven top-ten finishes in the ten races that have taken place so far, and Alex will be trying his hardest this weekend to keep us in the top six in the championship," team principal Jack Cunningham added.

"However, motor racing is never just a one-man effort; it is the work of a dedicated team of hard-working professionals that has brought us these results. We're a very determined bunch of people, and we'll be pushing ourselves hard this weekend to bring home more points. Fairuz has to prepare for his wedding so can't be with us this week, but nothing will give the team greater pleasure than to inform him of a good result on Sunday night."

 

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