Fairuz Fauzy Happy with Shakedown

DESPITE a less impressive start in the first official pre-season World Series by Renault test in Jerez, Spain, Mofaz Fortec’s Fairuz Fauzy is all set for the exciting 2009 season.
In fact, the 26-year-old Mofaz Fortec driver felt a whole lot better in the machine after the two-day shakedown on Mar 10-11 at the Spanish circuit.
“Getting back into the car is easier said than done. I may have not clocked good times but I learnt a lot about the car’s characteristics which is important. I want to know everything about the car before the season begins, especially on the new aerodynamic configuration,” said Fairuz.
Though Fairuz did not sit in the top 10 spots but showed consistency in his lap times, clocking better times in every session despite working under difficult settings. The debuting Mofaz Fortec team had decided to test Fairuz with the same set of tyres for both days. Each team registered for the test, were given three sets of tyres in which the team could use for race days.
“Being it a shakedown for Fairuz and the car, we decided to stick to a single set of tyres thus ensuring he works with the hardest conditions,” said Team Principal, Hj Mohamed Fauzy Abdul Hamid.
“We also played with the fuel level and other settings to ensure Fairuz is well aware of the car’s conditions,” he added.
Most of the teams took the first day as an introductory to the cars, but the pace was cranked up a notch for day two.
Miguel Molina of USR Racing Team set the fastest time ahead of Tech 1 Racing’s Charles Pic and Marco Barba of International Draco Racing.

Fairuz started his two-day test with a time of 1:31.794s round the 4.428 km track on the morning session and managed to clock 1:31.638s in the afternoon session. On 2nd day testing (Mar 11), with used tyres, his best time was 1:32.103s.
After Jerez, Fairuz will be traveling to Valencia for the second test session on Mar 14-15.
Two weeks later he will be at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona for the third and final official test session.
The season opening round will be held in Barcelona on April 18-19 and will end another Spanish city of Alcaniz on Oct 24-25.

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FAIRUZ FAUZY LEADS MOFAZ-FORTEC IN SPAIN

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A SPANKING brand new team, a very competitive race and three beautiful Spanish cities, are all in store for Fairuz Fauzy this March.

The 26-year-old, arguably Malaysia’s best single seater driver will begin his battle for national glory in the 2009 World Series by Renault this week. The London based driver will be traveling to Jerez for the first two-day official pre-season test which starts tomorrow.

“At one glance of the participating drivers of respective teams, I believe it is going to be an-exciting yet tough season,” said Fairuz.

“Mofaz-Fortec maybe a new outfit thanks to agreement between the two organisations but both brands are no stranger to motorsports.”

“Mofaz is synonym to Malaysian motorsports in the eye of the world, while Fortec had once seated top class drivers such as Heikki Kovalainen and Juan Pablo Montoya. I am confident of the team and its capabilities and with it being a Malaysian team now, I am very proud to be its pilot,” he added who’s father Hj Mohamad Fauzy Abdul Hamid is also the Team Principal.

On Mar 2nd last week, Fairuz underwent an unofficial test at Pembrey however ran only straight line testing.

“The Spanish circuits will definitely be very important to get to fully learn the characteristics of the car. Hopefully, everything runs well,” said Fairuz.

After Jerez, Fairuz will be traveling to Valencia for the second test session on Mar 14-15. Two weeks later he will be at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona for the third and final official test session.

“Being it a new set up, we would definitely need the test session to ensure everything is working efficiently and this also means the crew,” said Hj Fauzy.

Although one seat has been reserved for Fairuz, it will only be confirmed when the 26-year-old lands himself a major sponsor before the season starts. The other seat in the team has been filled by Estonian racing prodigy Sten Pentus.

And unlike Fairuz, Pentus is backed by the Estonian Government under the Visit Estonia campaign. With a national agenda of creating an F1 driver while promoting Malaysian’s product branding, the campaign wants to capitalise on the series’ nine stops in eight different European nations with a total of 17 races.

The season opening round will be held in Barcelona on April 18-19 and will end another Spanish city of Alcaniz on Oct 24-25.

Pembrey Test

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