Catenate treats employees, customers, suppliers and friends to a racing weekend
Catenates sponsorship and support of A1 Team Malaysia took a decidedly noisy turn last weekend as the A1 World Cup of Motorsports visited the teams home circuit of Sepang Malaysia for the 4th leg of this major international series.
With over 230 Catenate guests made up of employees, customers, suppliers, friends and their families in the packed grandstand, as well as some key VIP’s in the A1 Team Malaysia hospitality suite, joining the other estimated 45,000 spectators, 20,000 of whom had received their FREE Catenate manufactured air horns as they entered the circuit, the noise and atmosphere generated was fantastic.
On November 06th,only 20 days before Race Day, when A1 Team Malaysia Commercial director Owen Leed placed the order for the plastic horns on behalf of Main Team Sponsor Proton Holdings, Malaysia’s National Car Manufacturer, he was sure that it had been left too late. However, through the dedication and hard work of the Catenate team, tooling, testing, manufacturing and assembly of 20,000 units were completed and delivered to the track on Nov 23rd.
Mr Leed went on to say "Alex (Yoong) and the team really wanted to generate a fantastic atmosphere, and the air horns were a great idea, but with such a short lead time before the race, we had a lot of doubts as to whether Catenate would be able to pull it off and get so many of them manufactured and delivered to Sepang on time, However we were right to trust their confidence in being able to supply, and the air horns arrived with 1 day to spare. For one of our commercial sponsors to also put in so much effort to help make the Sepang event the success it was is a great testament to their commitment to teamwork and to their ability, it was greatly appreciated"
In response to the compliments, Glen Stidolph, CEO of Catenate praised the efforts of the companies plastics division "In the true spirit of our brand essence ‘together we achieve’ and sponsorship of Team Malaysia we were determined to give the team as much support as possible for their ‘home race’ which resulted in many of our staff working some very long hours to get the airhorns completed in such a short time, however once the airhorns were delivered, everyone had a chance to join in the fun and be rightly proud of their contribution to a fantastic event"
A1 Team Malaysia didn’t disappoint and gave their home crowd one of the most exciting races of the A1GP season so far, with a storming drive by Alex Yoong which saw him finish seventh in an action-filled Feature race. Yoong had finished fourth in the earlier Sprint race and the points from the two events resulted in A1 Team Malaysia improving to joint third in the overall A1GP World Cup of Motorsport standings.
In the Sprint race, held in dry, humid conditions, Yoong used his extensive circuit knowledge to dice with the field as they headed down to the first corner and was able to gain three spots by the end of the first lap. He withstood pressure from the British car and eventually finishing the 10 lap race over a second ahead of the fifth placed car. This fourth place finish gave A1 Team Malaysia its second row grid slot for the Feature race.
Prior to the Feature race, the unpredictable weather featured in the teams’ preparations with a spectacular thunderstorm arriving as the cars lined up for the grid. Quickly switching to wet tyres and adjusting the cars suspension and wings settings for the conditions, A1 Team Malaysia were ready for 70 minutes of hard racing.
The appalling weather conditions resulted in the green flag being taken under safety car conditions and after three laps the cars were released to race at full speed. Yoong held position for the first few laps, but was then lacking in grip and unable to hold off the challengers behind. The team opted to pit earlier than intended and by changing the tyre pressures were able to improve the car’s performance.
The team’s pitstop was delayed by a recalcitrant wheelnut which pushed Yoong back to 14th on his return to the track. Over the remainder of the race, Yoong drove superbly, overtaking five cars in the space of seven laps. Recovering to seventh place by the chequered flag, Yoong notched up second fastest lap of the race – and the fastest one on wet tyres.