Having ended the inaugural A1 Grand Prix series on a high following their victory at the year's finale in China, Malaysia began the new season on an equally good note by topping pre-season testing at Silverstone.

However, while it was Alex Yoong standing at the top of the rostrum in Shanghai, it was GP2 driver Fairuz Fauzy who had the honour of out pacing reigning champion Nicolas Lapierre in the French entry.

Indeed, Fauzy was surprised to have emerged from the test as the quickest driver, particularly as he was convinced that he could have gone faster. Still, he is seeing this as a possible prelude to a championship challenge.

"I enjoyed being back behind the wheel of the A1GP car and being out on track against rival nations. The team finished last season with the best possible finish at Shanghai, taking victory at the final event. I've picked up where Alex finished with another leading performance, which is great for the team."

"I was a little surprised to find that I was the fastest driver today, as I thought we could have gone quicker. I didn't want to push too hard, as there is another day to go. I think we have an excellent crew who work well together and when you have this camaraderie and teamwork it can produce the success that we've achieved today - I'm sure we will have successes in the forthcoming season of A1GP racing."

A1 Team Malaysia's Chief Executive was similarly pleased with the initial outcome, suggesting that their pace is likely to have surprised some of their more established rivals.

"We've surprised a few of our rivals today with the pace that we've set at Silverstone. My thanks go to all the guys in the team who've pulled together to get the A1 Team Malaysia back on track for this test, and shown that they have all the skills and experience to put Malaysia in the spotlight of international motorsport this winter. Special thanks to Fairuz, who has shown again that he is a talented driver - our team is fortunate indeed to have Alex and Fairuz."

One of the few teams to be run in-house without outside help, Malaysia are also championing youth, with Nik Irwan Nik Izani and Aaron Lim Say Joon also due to take to the wheel on the second day of testing.

 

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