Team Malaysia added to their A1 Grand Prix Series points tally by a single digit in the sixth round of the championship in Dubai on Sunday thanks to a tenacious sprint race drive by Alex Yoong although an early exit in the feature race spoiled another good possibility for solid points.

After qualifying eighth fastest for the opening feature race, Yoong kept the Malaysian entry inside the points for all 15 laps, holding off former F1 sparring partner Jos Verstappen in the process. The result was a single championship point for tenth place and a fifth row start for the feature event.

Unfortunately for the Team Malaysia crew, they would become just the second team ever to witness their car helecoptered away from the track after the driver found a sandy part of the track and spun into retirement just three laps into the 30-lap feature.

Yoong said after the two races, "A disappointing weekend for us. In the first race it was good to get another point, but it should have been more. In the Feature race we got a good start and I was up to fifth or thereabouts, but Jos (A1 Team Netherlands driver) tried an opportunistic move around the outside, which left me no room and forced me into a spin. The engine died and I couldn't continue.

"It's a bit disappointing; we really need to be racing for points every time if we're going to stay in the top ten of the overall standings. But, sometimes you have bad weekends, that's just motor racing."

Jack Cunningham, Team Principal, added, "The Sprint race was highly competitive, with the lead pack racing hard from the rolling start. Alex lost out in the rush to the first corner but recovered well and kept pushing. He defended well against the Dutch car for most of the race and it was great to have him bring home another point for us. The second race was disappointing, but we'll turn our attentions to the next race on Asian soil, with the Indonesian round of the Series early next year."

Heading into the inaugural A1 Grand Prix Series Christmas break, Team Malaysia sit ninth in the standings with 33 points, just one point shy of their current main rivals Holland.

 

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