After a somewhat disappointing opening weekend at Zandvoort, Alex Yoong got Malaysia back at the front of the front of the grid in qualifying for the second round of the A1 Grand Prix at Brno, the ex-F1 driver starting in third place.

Having proved amongst the pace setters in pre-season testing, Malaysia suffered from not having an entry in the Friday practice rookie sessions, proving somewhat off the leading teams ahead of qualifying with no data to go on.

Indeed, after an intensive final practice session before qualifying, Yoong found himself down in 12th place, but after making several changes to the car ahead of qualifying, the former Minardi driver hit impressive form to finish a clear third, half a second up on fourth place China.

Although surprised to be up at the front after their lack of pace in practice, Yoong claims third on the grid is testament to their genuine pace and from that position he is targeting a podium in the sprint race.

"I'm very pleased today with third place, especially after yesterday, when the lack of participation in the rookie session really hurts us and it's quite a difficult circuit to master. The team did a great job in the practice hour, developing the car with me and gaining speed from this.

"For tomorrow, I hope we can have two strong races tomorrow with podium finishes. The car speed is there, it just needs a bit more tweaking to get a little more out of it, and then perhaps we can be on the top step."



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