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Trulli bracing for gruelling campaign

Posted: 30 Mar 2011 10:03 AM PDT

2011/03/30
Arnaz M. Khairul


Team Lotus driver Jarno Trulli (front) joins the LeTua Cycling Team on a 100 kilometre training ride from Kota Damansara to Fraser’s Hill yesterday in his build-up towards the Petronas Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix next weekend. — Picture by Osman Adnan

Team Lotus driver Jarno Trulli (front) joins the LeTua Cycling Team on a 100 kilometre training ride from Kota Damansara to Fraser's Hill yesterday in his build-up towards the Petronas Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix next weekend. — Picture by Osman Adnan

GETTING his fitness up to the mark by joining the LeTua Cycling Team on a 100 kilometre training ride from Kota Damansara to Fraser's Hill yesterday, Jarno Trulli is truly keyed into Team Lotus' sole target for their home race.

"We have only one target in our home race and it is to fight for points," said the Italian in Fraser's Hill yesterday in his build-up towards the Petronas Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix next weekend.

Having ignored the irritations of jet lag after arriving from Melbourne late Tuesday night to complete in the gruelling ride, also joined by Team Lotus chief executive officer Riad Asmat, Trulli maintained that scoring points this season is not too far from reality.


"Despite the hard time in Melbourne, the final result was actually very positive as we had a good performance during the race," said Trulli, who finished 13th in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix last Sunday.

A power steering issue and then radiator problems robbed Team Lotus of a better outcome. But with new parts promised to provide solutions to the mechanical issues by the time they start Friday practice at Sepang, Trulli remained confident that the Malaysian team's promising pace in pre-season tests would be back.

"We are definitely looking to have a better overall performance at our home race and point scoring is possible. We just need to put everything together and make our package work properly," said Trulli.


The T128's actual pace, should it be found in Sepang, is something Trulli believes would park them in the middle of the field, challenging the likes of Toro Rosso, Sauber and Force India.

"I think we are in the midfield if we can get everything working but so far we have been hampered by several issues which prevent us from exploiting the best out of our car," said Trulli.

Having got his preparations on the right track, with the training stint with the LeTua team set to continue with a ride up Cameron Highlands today, Trulli also hopes to maintain the upbeat build-up towards the Malaysian Grand Prix.


"I have really enjoyed the cycling today (yesterday). It was nice riding to the highlands with beautiful landscape and a great experience for me in Malaysia as I have never had a chance to discover Malaysia this way," said Trulli.

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Duo to spearhead Malaysia's challenge at qualifiers

Posted: 30 Mar 2011 08:36 AM PDT


Choo Lyn Yuen

Choo Lyn Yuen

AHMAD Deedat Abd Razak and Choo Lyn Yuen will lead the Under-16 Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams, respectively in next month's Asia/Oceania Qualifiers in New Delhi, India.

Ahmad Deedat, together with Colin Wong and Duzbionjit Singh, were selected through a recent trial conducted by the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM).


Ahmad turned in a commendable performance to finish runner-up in the men's singles and doubles at the National Tennis Circuit second leg, which concluded on Tuesday, while Duzbionjit won the recent Ayam A1 Junior Championships boys' Under-18 singles title.

Malaysia will compete against 15 of the best teams in this region in the Junior Davis Cup qualifiers, scheduled for April 18-25.

The top four teams will gain automatic qualification to the main event in Barcelona, Spain, on Sept 26-Oct 1.


Lyn Yuen, Ti Jia Wei and Aslina Chua will represent Malaysia in the Junior Fed Cup on April 25-May 2. Among the 16 teams competing for four qualifying spots are last year's main event runners-up China, Japan, Uzbekistan and India.

Lyn Yuen, the younger sister of former national player Lyn Yee, has been making progress in her game since last year.

Among her best achievements were winning the ITF Brunei (Grade Five) doubles event and the women's singles title at the National Circuit second leg.


LTAM executive secretary Ibrahim Abu Bakar said the association conducted a trial to pick the three best players for each tournament.

"We have named strong squads for both competitions. We have not set targets but of course, we hope our players will perform well," said Ibrahim yesterday.

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