The eighth event of the inaugural A1 Grand Prix Series takes the competing countries to Sentul in Indonesia and, with their mutual rainy season coming to an end, Team Malaysia is expecting nothing less than a damp greeting from its near neighbour.

Separated only by the Straits of Malacca, the two Indian Ocean countries share similar climates and, if Sepang was hot and humid when the A1GP Series paid a visit before the end of 2005, Sentul could be even more so this weekend.

"Motor racing is a fickle sport and there are so many factors that come into play at each event, particularly this weekend in Sentul, where the weather is so unpredictable," team boss Jack Cunningham, who expects to the weekend to be a mix of heavy rain and bright sunshine, commented, "However, we have the crew, the driver and the engineers capable of putting a top-five car on the track and be racing hard for a strong finish."

With Alex Yoong now ensconced as the sole driver in the Malaysian team - Fairuz Fauzy having departed to concentrate on landing a GP2 deal for 2006 - the squad has been able to fine-tune its yellow Lola more specifically, and the former F1 and Champ Car driver is hoping to improve on his showing in South Africa two weekends ago.

"I enjoyed my taste of street racing in Durban, where the concrete walls dominated, but I'll also enjoy the wide track in Sentul," Yoong said, having endured a difficult weekend in South Africa, "The street track didn't bring much good fortune to the Malaysian team, so we're hoping that we'll fare better at this track."

A1 Grand Prix is by far the largest international four-wheel racing series to visit the Sentul circuit, which is renowned for its wide track and high speeds, having been used previously for bike racing and the Asian F3 series. With France seeming able to dominate on any kind of circuit, and other countries such as Holland and Switzerland both having broken their duck, the task of making up lost ground seems tougher for Malaysia, but Yoong is determined to begin making amends this weekend.

"We've had some strong results in the series so far, but really need to get back to the form that we know we're capable of achieving, and putting in the levels of performance that will bring us World Cup points," he concluded.

 

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