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.


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