A1 TEAM MALAYSIA ARRIVES IN CHINA FOR END OF SEASON FINALE

A1 TEAM MALAYSIA ARRIVES IN CHINA FOR END OF SEASON FINALE

30.03.2006: A1 TEAM MALAYSIA ARRIVES IN CHINA FOR END OF SEASON FINALE



A1 Team Malaysia has arrived in China for the final event in the inaugural A1 Grand Prix series. The eleventh weekend of racing will take place at Shanghai International Circuit with Alex Yoong driving for the team at this state of the art motor racing venue. Lying tenth in the World Cup of Motorsport standings, A1 Team Malaysia is hoping to finish the season with two strong race results.

Shanghai International Circuit is located outside the city, a venue built on marshland, which required 40,000 stabilising pillars before the land could be developed. The 5.4 km track is shaped as the Chinese character, ‘Shang’, which stands for ‘high’ or ‘above’. Other symbols represented in the architecture originate from Chinese history, such as the team buildings arranged like pavilions in a lake to resemble the ancient Yuyan-Garden in Shanghai. Here, nature and technology are carefully used to create harmony between the elements.

The track features change of acceleration and deceleration in different winding turns, and high-speed straights which make high demands on the driver as well as the car. This should offer many opportunities for overtaking and give an intense and exciting motorsport experience for the spectators. The Main Grandstand with 29,000 seats provides a spectacular view of almost 80 percent of the circuit.

Alex Yoong looks forward to driving the circuit in the A1 car and says, "Shanghai is a fairly new circuit and shares the same designer as for Sepang, Hermann Tilke so there are a number of characteristics which are similar, not least the high-tech, modern architecture of the facility. It’s another of the many new experiences for both me and the team, and an exciting challenge. I think very few of the drivers will have been here, so if we can be on the pace quickly there’s a good chance of a strong qualifying result."

"As the first season of A1 Grand Prix draws to a close we are tenth in the championship standings, but, only sixteen points separate the fourth placed team and ourselves in tenth. The competition is so close we could improve on this if we can have two good race finishes. This will be our goal for the weekend."

Jack Cunningham, Team Principal, A1 Team Malaysia, adds, "We’re aiming to finish on a high note at Shanghai. We had a second place podium in Indonesia and 12 top ten finishes, so we’ve had some good results and are capable of more. It’s only when you reach the final race weekend and look back at what has been achieved that you realise how far you’ve come. Putting together a new team, with a new car and racing competitively at eleven venues all around the world is a huge undertaking. A1 Team Malaysia has really proved to be an excellent team that have worked tirelessly to be part of the spectacle of A1 Grand Prix, and really deserve everything achieved so far. We’ll keep pushing this weekend and hope to be celebrating a successful end to the season on Sunday evening."

"In addition to the prominent Proton branding on the A1 Team Malaysia car, we will feature 4 additional Malaysian brands on the car in China. We are in discussion for long-term commercial participation with a number of brands for the much-anticipated second season of A1 Grand Prix. The brands featured for this event include "Visit Malaysia 2007", FTEC, MBF Cards and Royal Selangor. Their possible future long term inclusion in our programme highlights our strategy to promote Malaysia and Malaysian brands internationally and our focus on the development of national pride, both domestically at a grass roots level and within the corporate sectors."

8TV is the official Malaysian broadcaster of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations series.

-Owen Leed, A1 Team Malaysia -

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30.03.2006 / MaP

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