The arguement between Malaysia and Ireland had not ended yet. Now Malaysia had responded in claryfing what actually happen in the race.Read the full story that we got from Proton on MALAYSIA RESPONDS TO IRELAND CRITICISM
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 24 February 2009 – A1 Team Malaysia was surprised and disappointed to read the comments of Adam Carroll and A1 Team Ireland management after Sunday’s A1GP, Kyalami, South Africa. Both the driver and Team Principal of one of Malaysia’s rival nations in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport claimed that the team were to blame for the loss of their championship lead following contact between Malaysia’s Fairuz Fauzy and Ireland’s Carroll.
The incident was clearly a racing incident. Video footage only showed that a collision took place, but given the manoeuvre that the Team Ireland driver carried out in attempting to overtake the A1 Team Malaysia car, there was a high risk of a collision unless Fairuz Fauzy pulled over and did not try and defend his position. A steward’s inquiry after the race deemed that the evidence available led them to conclude that it was a racing incident.
Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive, A1 Team Malaysia, “It’s understandable that A1 Team Ireland was feeling emotional and frustrated after this incident, considering also that they lost the lead in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. However, to blame Fairuz for the incident is unfair and we think the Irish team should stick to trying to win races rather than blaming others for their misfortune. A1 Team Ireland is a highly respected team, but on this occasion their comments are ill-judged.”
A1 Team Malaysia took home only one point from the South African weekend, after a tough weekend. They will return to the track in six week’s time for the next round of the A1GP Series. This will be held at a new race track in the Algarve, Portugal.