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.