Alex Yoong in the Proton-sponsored A1 Grand Prix Team Malaysia car set the fastest time in the second free practice session of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations at Sentul in Indonesia.

For the former Formula One driver it was the first time he had topped the timesheets in the A1 Grand Prix's debut season.

"The Proton sponsored A1 Team Malaysia did a good job today, but it is more important to be quick tomorrow. We were struggling with set up at first, but we found a couple of things that really helped us. And I have raced here a long time ago which helps," explained Yoong.

Echoing the concerns of many drivers, Yoong reckoned the circuit would be a challenge to tyres. "I am a little worried, the track is very abrasive," he explained. "Tyre wear will be high if the track is dry, but I have heard that it will be wet over the weekend."

Both the day's practices were run in wet conditions with many teams falling by the wayside with spins and crashes bringing out the red flag on four occasions in practice one and once in practice two.

Jack Cunningham, team principal of A1 Team Malaysia, remarked, "The team as usual did a methodical job in a systematic and professional manner to find the optimum performance level of the car for this circuit which is new to A1GP. We are therfore extremely pleased with this new milestone set by the Proton sponsored A1 Team Malaysia to head the timesheets.

"It is more commendable to Alex as he set the fastest time of the day midway through the drying track and I'm sure he would have put in an even faster time if we were to go for another timed run towards the end of the session."

 

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