A1 Team Malaysia took a convincing first win in the Sprint race at the A1 Grand Prix of Nations race at the Shanghai International circuit on Sunday, and followed that win with a second place finish in the feature race.

A dominant performance by driver Alex Yoong gave the team a welcome victory in the Sprint race, one day after the former F1 driver gave his nation their first pole position in qualifying.

Yoong used his grid slot well, as he led from lights to flag, with his second place in the feature race capping Malaysia's most successful A1 weekend yet.

With a clear track ahead for the rolling start of the sprint race, Yoong led the field away, and while Malaysia's rivals behind fought for second place, Yoong was able to pull away and stamp his authority over his rivals. Driving a copybook race, the Malaysian driver pulled away from the rest of the field, crossing the line over nine seconds ahead of second placed Great Britain.

In the feature race Yoong was the first car to the first corner but, as the opening lap progressed, a hard-charging Czech Republic slipped through into the lead. Yoong followed close behind but was unable to regain position. His race pace was unmatched by any other teams, leaving him to run in clean air and chase after the lead car, but at the end of the 30 laps, Yoong was happy to be lying second.

"The car was good today, we managed to conserve our tyres and were able to push hard throughout the Sprint race," said Yoong. "We ran well in the feature race as well, but just weren't able to hold off the Czech car.

"I'm very pleased that I've been able to repay all the A1 Team Malaysia efforts this year with a victory in our first year of competition. It's a fantastic way to end the season and really gives us so much confidence for the future. I know how much this will mean to everyone at home in Malaysia, and I'm very proud to be winning for my country in A1 Grand Prix."

Jack Cunningham, Team Principal, A1 Team Malaysia, added, "This has really been the icing on the cake for us today. We had our first pole yesterday, and then went one better with a 1-2 finish in today's races. We couldn't have asked for more from the team.

"Everyone at A1 Team Malaysia should be proud of their achievements - it has been the quality of our teamwork that has given us the edge and put us at the top today. We finish the first season of A1 Grand Prix in 5th place overall with these great results which will carry us through the summer until we return to racing later this year. "

 

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