With the Indonesian round of the A1GP series having been cancelled earlier this month, Team Malaysia will return to action on the streets of Durban this weekend as the season gets back underway in South Africa.

This race will be the first, and only, street race of the season, with a temporary circuit being built along the Durban shoreline, while Alex Yoong will be back behind the wheel for the first-ever street race in the city.

With six top eight finishes in the season so far, Malaysia head into the second half of the season with Yoong ready to step back into the car and bring home more points in the remainder of the season.

Having competed in Monaco during his time in F1, Yoong has past experience of racing on street circuits and said he was looking forward to an exciting weekend.

"Street racing is very exciting," he said. "There are a few more challenges than on the permanent tracks, primarily from the barriers being a lot closer at street events than on a racetrack. So it's really important to keep away from these and place your car carefully on the track. I've driven at the Monaco Grand Prix which is held on the public roads, so I have some experience of this type of track and know what to expect, so I hope that I can use this to my advantage.

"I haven't seen the track yet, so I don't know how twisty, bumpy or tight it will be, but I'll try and walk or drive round it before the event to get a feel for the flow of it. I think it'll be a popular race for the local motor racing fans. The South Africans are avid motorsport enthusiasts and I expect we'll have good support which will be very welcome and will add to the atmosphere and spectacle of the event. It should be fun."

The 3.2 km track uses the city's highways and runs alongside the Sun Coast Casino and the beach, featuring nine turns and grandstands for over 20,000 spectators - with the race expected to be a sell-out.

 

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