A1 Team Malaysia have jumped up to third in the A1GP standings after Alex Yoong secured the first double victory of the 2006/07 season at Brno.

The former Minardi F1 racer, who took Malaysia's first A1 victory at Shanghai last season, stormed to victory in the sprint race to earn pole position for the longer feature race when he was involved in a frantic battle for the lead with Canadian rookie James Hinchcliffe.

As the race reached the closing stages Yoong began to challenge the teenager looking for a way past and with six laps to go he had the momentum and made the move. Although there was some contact that put the Canadian car into a spin, Yoong made the pass stick and swept into the lead - crossing the line eight seconds ahead of home hero Tomas Enge.

"It's been a fantastic weekend," Yoong said. "After Zandvoort I knew we needed to have to score a few points here to get our championship started, and we went ahead and did it. To be honest I didn't expect it, because we did have quite a few problems in the Netherlands. We started slow on Friday, struggling a bit, but the car just got better and better, I could attack and that made a difference today.

"I had a few attempts at overtaking Canada before I made it stick, but he got on the dirty stuff and I could see he was struggling. He'd done well up until then, but he ran wide and I dived up the inside. We both could have made it round the corner, but he turned in, trying to close the door, but I was already alongside and we made contact. That's motor racing, we're happy with the double win. Let's hope this success fills the stands in Sepang. We've done well on a track we don't know, wait until we get to one that we do know!"

Jack Cunningham, chief executive of the Malaysian team, was equally pleased with the weekend's work.

"It's an excellent result for us," he said. "We were delighted with one win, so to take the double is just perfect. It's the ultimate reward that we can have for all the hard work the crew, engineers and drivers put into this team throughout the days leading up to this afternoon's track action.

"Our team carried out an excellent pitstop, calm and precise and which was responded to by Alex with his driving. He showed patience and cunning, stalking Canada till he knew it was time to move, securing this win for all of us.

"It's been a very impressive performance by every member of the team. If we build on this we will be a force to be reckoned with at many more events in A1GP this season."

 

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