WSR 2009, BARCELONA: RACE 2 – MOFAZ FORTEC SHINES IN THE SPANISH RAIN

mfm_barcelona_19042009BARCELONA, Circuit De Catalunya, 19 April 2009 – Rain disrupted Race 2 in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. The wet and windy conditions in the Catalan province clearly reminisce of the torturous environment at Shanghai GP today.

Fairuz kept a solid form throughout the race with his maturity display on a track slipperier than a skating ring. His early pit stop was proven to be fruitful as he was gunning for the top 5 until the sky darkened menacingly and the first drops of rain began to fall. Unfortunately, he has to pit in second time for wet tyres, which pushed him down the field.

Fairuz drove flawlessly to claw back up to 5th position before the red flag came out on the final lap where the result was only decided on the lap prior to the red flag. He finished 7th.

Team Principal, Haji Mohamed Fauzy: “It is a terrific result. The drivers showed a lot of courage driving in the difficult condition. I could not have asked for more.”

“We are 3rd in the team championship standings. Credits should be given to the team,” he added. 

Meanwhile, MOFAZ FORTEC rookie driver, Sten Pentus made the right strategic choice by holding out as long as possible before the tyre change. He kept his composure in the slippery track through an impressive display from 19th to 2nd position. This is his first podium finished in his maiden season. He also took home the rookie trophy.

The race was interrupted by the red flag when Frankie Provenzano (ITA – Prema Powerteam) went off on the start-finish straight on the final lap. Marcos Martinez ran his luck to pull off the prefect performance of the weekend, with his second win on the trot, ahead of Sten and Chris Van der Drift (NZL – Epsilon Euskadi).

The race season will continue at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium in a fortnight (2-3 May 2009). Sten is now on 13 points (4th) ahead of Fairuz on 7 (10th) in the drivers’ championship table.

WSR 2009, BARCELONA: RACE 1 – FAIRUZ FINISHED A CREDITABLE 8TH

BARCELONA, Circuit De Catalunya, 18 April 2009 – MOFAZ FORTEC MOTORSPORT made an impressive debut at Circuit De Catalunya today with Fairuz Fauzy finishing 8th in Race 1.

Race 1 seemed to be a clean affair as all drivers safely passed through Turn 1 without any incident. Fairuz dropped to 10th place at the start but managed to put on a string of quick laps to overtake Marco Barba (ESP – International Draco Racing) on lap 3 before getting past Daniil Move (RUS – P1 Motorsport) on lap 8. Marcos Martinez (ESP – Pons Racing) grabbed the winner with a total time of 47:05.443. The fastest lap went to Miguel Molina (ESP – Ultimate Motorsport) with a lap of 1:35.751.

Fairuz said: “The car was awesome during the race and my lap times were consistent but it was not easy to overtake on this circuit.”

“It is important to start the championship with three points in the bag. Hopefully, there is more to come in Race 2 tomorrow,” he added.

Meanwhile, it was not a day to remember for MOFAZ FORTEC rookie driver, Sten Pentus. He moved up few places after coming out of the first turn. It looks promising for the young Estonian until he was involved in the collision with cars in the mid-field, which unfortunately damaged his front wing. As a results, Sten had to pit in for a new front wing and finished 18th. He will be looking to bounce back in tomorrow’s race.

Race 2 includes a mandatory pit stop, which will provide extra excitement and allow the team to play a more strategic role in the race.

Race schedule (local time):

Sunday, 19 April
Race 2 (44’ + 1 lap) 13:03

MOFAZ FORTEC DEBUTS IN BARCELONA

BARCELONA, Circuit De Catalunya, 17 April 2009 – After a hectic testing schedule throughout the month of March, MOFAZ FORTEC MOTORSPORT finally makes its debut in the 2009 World Series by Renault also known as Formula Renault 3.5. The team is represented by Malaysian F1 prodigy, Fairuz Fauzy, 26, and Sten Pentus, 23, from Estonia.

Team Principal, Haji Mohamed Fauzy said “It was a big leap forward for us coming from the Asian Zone to compete on the global stage. It is another historical milestone for Malaysia.”

Fairuz (FAUZY) was 14th quickest in the morning timed practise session with 1:35.245, while Miguel Molina (Ultimate Motorsport) topped the time sheet with a lap of 1:33.542. However, in the afternoon timed practise session, Fairuz had clocked 1:35.854.

“The practise session has been encouraging. It is a track I have always enjoyed. It has some technically challenging corners that are really good fun for drivers. What matter is being quick tomorrow in qualifying.” said the MOFAZ FORTEC lead driver at the end of timed practise sessions at the Catalunya Circuit.

Meanwhile, it was a constructive day for Fairuz’s teammate, Sten (PENTUS). He had clocked 1:34.852 to finish 10th in the morning practise session. He will be one of the rookie drivers to watch out for in the championship after performing well in the pre-season tests. The Estonian had clocked 1:36.146 in the afternoon session.

The afternoon practise session was marred by red flag in a couple of occasions, which had relatively affected both drivers lap times. Fairuz and Sten will start in Group B & A respectively in the qualifying sessions tomorrow.

The team looks forward to a healthy start in the competition. The race will be aired live on EUROSPORT channel. Please check your local listings for viewing time.

Race schedule (local time):

Saturday, 18 April

Qualifying (Group A) 09:00 – 09:20
Qualifying (Group B) 09:25 – 09:45
Qualifying (Superpole)* 10:45 – 11:00
Race 1 (28 laps) 13:48

Sunday, 19 April

Race 2 (28 laps) 13:03

*Best of six drivers from each group competing for pole position.

FAIRUZ IS RARING TO GO

Fairuz Fauzy is poised to be the title contender for the 2009 World Series by Renault after completing the final official test session at Barcelona.

“I am feeling confident and it was a fruitful session despite experiencing minor technical glitch with the engine at the end of Day Two” said the 26 year-old MOFAZ FORTEC lead driver after the two-day test at Catalunya Circuit (30-31 March).

“In fact, we managed to test under the tortuous weather conditions, which gave us a lot of inputs to understand the characteristics of the car. The variable weather conditions had given the team to gain extra miles in testing the reliability of the car too. It was sunny, cold and torrential rain throughout the test session”, he added.

Fairuz was second quickest in the morning session on Day Two with 1:33.053, behind pole-sitter, James Walker (P1 Motorsport). However, in the afternoon session, he clocked seventh quickest with 1:56.934 on a wet circuit.

Meanwhile, it was not a session to be for MOFAZ FORTEC second driver, Sten Pentus. After having clutch troubled on Day One, Sten had to skip Day Two due to unprecedented problem with the chassis. The Estonian’s best time 1:33.874 was set in the morning session of Day One.

The team is working hard to get both cars prepared for the opening round. This will be the first time a Malaysian-owned team competing in the championship.

Round One of World Series by Renault 2009 will kick‐off at the same venue on 18 -19 April.

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