WSR 2009, MONACO, RACE RESULTS, 24 MAY 2009:

1. Oliver Turvey Carlin 39mins 24.975secs
2. Adrian Zaugg Interwetten +0.661secs
3. James Walker P1 +3.595secs
4. Miguel Molina USR +8.288secs
5. Bertrand Baguette Draco +9.337secs
6. Jaime Alguersuari Carlin +10.039secs
7. Chris van der Drift Epsilon Euskadi +10.431secs
8. Adrian Valles Epsilon Euskadi +11.123secs
9. Charles Pic Tech 1 +11.462secs
10. Stefano Coletti Prema +13.856secs

11. Sten Pentus Mofaz Fortec +21.570secs
12. John Martin Comtec +24.496secs
13. Greg Mansell USR +24.948secs
14. Omar Julian Leal Prema +29.017secs
15. Fairuz Fauzy Mofaz Fortec +33.215secs
16. Marco Barba Draco +37.923secs
17. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 +43.753secs
18. Federico Leo Pons +58.671ecs
19. Max Chilton Comtec +1min 15.452secs
20. Anton Nebylitskiy SG Formula +1min 20.321secs
21. Filip Salaquarda RC +1 lap

22. Jules Bianchi SG Formula 16 laps completed
23. Pasquale di Sabatino RC 11 laps completed
24. Marcos Martinez Pons 7 laps completed
25. Danill Move P1 0 laps completed
26. Mihai Marinescu Interwetten 0 laps completed

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WSR 2009, MONACO, STARTING GRID, 24 MAY 2009:

STARTING GRID, 24 MAY 2009

1.  Oliver Turvey, Carlin 
2.  James Walker, P1
3.  Adrian Zaugg, Interwetten
4.  Marcos Martinez, Pons
5.  Miguel Molina, Ultimate 
6.  Pasquale di Sabatino, RC
7.  Bertrand Baguette, Draco
8.  Adrian Valles, Epsilon
9.  Chris van der Drift, Epsilon
10.  Jaime Alguersuari, Carlin
11.  Fairuz Fauzy, Fortec
12.  Charles Pic, Tech
13.  Stefano Coletti, Prema 
14.  Marco Barba , Draco
15.  Brendon Hartley, Tech 1
16.  Sten Pentus, Fortec
17.  Mihai Marinescu, Interwetten
18.  Greg Mansell, Ultimate
19.  Filip Salaquarda, RC 
20.  John Martin, Comtec
21.  Max Chilton, Comtec
22.  Julian Leal, Prema
23.  Daniil Move, P1
24.  Anton Nebylitskiy, SG 
25.  Federico Leo, Pons 
26.  Jules Bianchi, SG

WSR 2009, MONACO, THURSDAY PRACTISE, 21 MAY 2009:

THURSDAY PRACTISE, 21 MAY 2009

Pos  Driver              Team        Time
 1.  James Walker          P1           1m28.290s
 2.  Brendon Hartley       Tech 1       1m28.357s  +  0.067s
 3.  Daniil Move           P1           1m28.480s  +  0.190s
 4.  Adrian Zaugg          Interwetten  1m28.510s  +  0.220s
 5.  Jaime Alguersuari     Carlin       1m28.538s  +  0.248s
 6.  Miguel Molina         Ultimate     1m28.717s  +  0.427s
 7.  Marcos Martinez       Pons         1m28.822s  +  0.532s
 8.  Charles Pic           Tech 1       1m29.008s  +  0.718s
 9.  Sten Pentus           Fortec       1m29.100s  +  0.810s
10.  Bertrand Baguette     Draco        1m29.283s  +  0.993s
11.  Fairuz Fauzy          Fortec       1m29.287s  +  0.997s
12.  Oliver Turvey         Carlin       1m29.423s  +  1.133s
13.  Chris van der Drift   Epsilon      1m29.525s  +  1.235s
14.  Adrian Valles         Epsilon      1m29.548s  +  1.258s
15.  Pasquale Di Sabatino  RC           1m29.662s  +  1.372s
16.  Greg Mansell          Ultimate     1m29.683s  +  1.393s
17.  Filip Salaquarda      RC           1m29.768s  +  1.478s
18.  Julian Leal           Prema        1m30.025s  +  1.735s
19.  John Martin           Comtec       1m30.114s  +  1.824s
20.  Federico Leo          Pons         1m30.865s  +  2.575s
21.  Mihai Marinescu       Interwetten  1m31.240s  +  2.950s
22.  Stefano Coletti       Prema        1m31.703s  +  3.413s
23.  Anton Nebylitskiy     SG           1m34.563s  +  6.273s
24.  Max Chilton           Comtec       1m39.465s  + 11.175s
25.  Jules Bianchi         SG           1m40.926s  + 12.636s
26.  Marco Barba           Draco        1m50.651s  + 22.361s

WSR 2009, SPA: QUALIFYING, RACE 1 & 2 – MIXED FEELING AT SPA

FRANCORCHAMPS, Circuit Spa-Francorchamps, 02-03 May 2009

QUALIFYING

Both drivers had run well in the practise but endured a difficult Saturday qualifying session. This was the first time in the season that both drivers were put into the same qualifying group (Group B). Car #19 of Fairuz Fauzy set the sixteenth fastest time while #20 of Sten Pentus was forced to start nineteen on the grid after his fastest time was deleted by the officials for causing the red flag.

Fauzy had set the pace in the early session with a string of quick laps. As he pitted in for a new set of tyres and looking to strengthen his position, the session was temporarily halted due to red flag. The session resumed with less than 3 minutes to go, Fauzy clocked quick Sector 1 & 2 before made a small error at the last chicane which had ruined his chances of a possible front row start.

On the other hand, Pentus first lap was already quick and his second lap saw him jump to sixth on the timing screens, before a little mistake early in the lap saw him spun and touched the barrier lightly. This incident had caused the session to be stopped for few minutes. With slight damaged, no more time and the lost of his best lap, it meant any chance of a good grid position was gone.

As a result, both drivers will start from the second half of the grid with the intention to gain as much positions as possible for Race 1. Local hero, Bertrand Baguette (BEL – Draco International) has secured pole position for the first time this season after leading the way in the Super Pole qualifying.

RACE 1

Fauzy had a relatively busy afternoon. An early chaos after Turn 1 saw him exchanging positions at the beginning of the race with team-mate Pentus, Mansell, Leo and Provenzano. While fighting for positions, Fauzy clipped one of the cars in front of him and damaged the front wing. But he decided not to pit-in as the move would put him down the field. Although it was still safe to run, the damage front wing was affecting the aero efficiency of his car where his straight line speed had to be compromised. As a result, Fairuz dropped back few positions before making his way up the grid to finish fifteen.

Meanwhile, from his low grid position Pentus made a good start and shadowed team-mate Fauzy for the first two laps with both shadowing Greg Mansell (GBR – Ultimate Motorsport) before passing Fauzy down the outside into the last chicane and tailing Mansell’s rear end. Unfortunately, Mansell braked a little early and Pentus tapped his front wing on the back of Mansell’s car, hence, damaging the wing. He had to do a complete, slow lap with the damage wing before pitting for a new wing.

When he rejoined, he quickly settled into a fast rhythm and as in Barcelona, again started doing a string of fast, consistent laps that mirrored and often matched the leaders lap times all the way to the end of the race. Pentus’s fastest lap was within half a second of the race leader despite running completely by himself without the aid of any tow down the long straights. His fast times and relentless pace meant he recovered from last to 18th at the end. Marcos Martinez (ESP – Pons) took the honour in Race 1 ahead of Bertrand Baguette, second and Miguel Molina, third.

RACE 2

Pentus and Fauzy finished eleventh and fifteen respectively in Race 2 on Sunday after seeing their chances of finishing in the Top 10 dashed by a couple of unfortunate events.

After an interrupted Race 1 with broken wings yesterday, both drivers were again had to start from the second half of the grid, as Race 2 grid positions are determined by Race 1 results. On a dry track the field got away cleanly and unusually survived the first corner, but on the exit of the Radillon, the two Epsilon cars of Adrian Valles (ESP – Epsilon Euskadi) and Chris Van Der Drift (NZL – Epsilon Euskadi) collided and ended up stuck in the gravel, which immediately bought out the safety car.

In the first lap Pentus had lost a couple of positions, but when racing resumed, he went on the attack and soon displaced the Comtec car of Nebilitsky. Again as in Barcelona and in Race 1, Pentus began to motor very quickly and as he was putting in very good fast laps, the team decided to delay his pit stop as most of the cars around him pitted early. This allowed Sten to take advantage of a clear track and he soon made up for the time lost on the first lap and the time lost behind the Safety Car, when some cars ahead had not kept up with the front of the pack.

Fauzy, on the other end, made up a lot of positions with his strong race pace. He set commanding lap times to push his way up. He took the advantage on the Safety Car event to close the gap with the front runners and drove flawlessly to lead the race at one stage before pitting for his compulsory pit-stop.

An unprecedented problem with his front right wheel nut had cost him the pit stop which ruined the chances of finishing in the Top 10. The advantage he gained prior to the pit-stop was soon diminished from his grasp. It could have been a great result for the team if not for the faulty wheel nut.

Pentus kept his race alive with some entertaining battles with Nebilkitsky and Hegewald after his pit stop. He caught team-mate Fauzy on the last lap and trailed him across the line. At the end, Pentus finished thirteen behind Fauzy twelfth. Again the impressively fast and consistent lap times told the story, despite starting so far back, both drivers maintained a 100% record of race finished.

James Walker (GBR – P1 Motorsport) took the chequered flag in Race 2 ahead of Bertrand Baguette, second and Miguel Molina, third.

However, Fauzy was later penalised 20 seconds for stopping outside the pit-stop window and so as Oliver Turvey (GBR – Carlin Motorsport) 25 seconds for deviating from racing line. This had promoted Pentus to eleventh and demoted Fauzy to fifteen in the amended Race 2 result.

Pentus commented: “Before the weekend I did not know what to expect, because I had heard so much about this track and how challenging it is. The stories are very true but I really loved getting to know it and I had a lot of tough but enjoyable racing. I am happy with the progress we made this weekend and how much I learned”.

Fauzy said: “The car felt good so it was a shame that we could not finish in the points. I led the race before pitting and was hoping to make up few places. Had it not been for the unfortunately pit stop, I am sure we would have been there about for seventh or eighth.”

However, Pentus managed to earn one point for making up most positions in the race, from twentieth to eleventh.

Mofaz Fortec will be back in action for the third round of the WSR at Monaco in a fortnight’s time (May 22-24). Between now and Monaco both drivers will be busy with fitness training and mental preparation as well as exploring every possible way to get to know the unique Monaco circuit.

WSR 2009, SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, 2-3 MAY 2009: RACE RESULTS

Spa-Francorchamps – Race results (2)

1. James Walker P1 47mins 45.056secs 21 laps
2. Bertrand Baguette Draco +6.421secs
3. Miguel Molina USR +11.983secs
4. Danill Move P1 +18.066secs
5. Marcos Martinez Pons +18.982secs
6. Jaime Alguersuari Carlin +19.008secs
7. Adrian Zaugg Interwetten +22.645secs
8. Pasquale di Sabatino RC +22.839secs
9. Greg Mansell USR +23.839secs
10. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 +24.362secs

11. Sten Pentus Mofaz Fortec +28.785secs
12. Marco Barba Draco +42.898secs
13. Frankie Provenzano Prema +43.563secs
14. Oliver Turvey Carlin +43.745secs *
15. Fairuz Fauzy Mofaz Fortec +48.144secs**
16. Tobias Hegewald Interwetten +48.874secs
17. Federico Leo Pons +57.682secs
18. Omar Julian Leal Prema +1min 07.657secs
19. Charles Pic Tech 1 10 laps complete
20. Anton Nebylitskiy Comtec 10 laps completed
21. Chris van der Drift Epsilon Euskadi 1 lap completed
22. Adrian Valles Epsilon Euskadi 1 lap completed
23. Alex Marsoin Comtec Did not start

* Oliver Turvey given 25-sec penalty for deviating from racing line

** Fairuz Fauzy giveb 20-sec penalty for pit stop outside window

Spa-Francorchamps – Race results (1)

1. Marcos Martinez Pons 46min 36.943secs
2. Bertrand Baguette Draco +3.816secs
3. Miguel Molina USR +11.052secs
4. Charles Pic Tech 1 +14.668secs
5. Danill Move P1 +14.887secs
6. Oliver Turvey Carlin +15.262secs
7. Marco Barba Draco +19.257secs
8. Pasquale di Sabatino RC +19.775secs
9. Chris van der Drift Epsilon Euskadi +20.051secs
10. Jaime Alguersuari Carlin +36.491secs

11. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 +37.383secs
12. Adrian Zaugg Interwetten +38.213secs
13. Greg Mansell USR +38.466secs
14. Tobias Hegewald Interwetten +52.416secs
15. Fairuz Fauzy Mofaz Fortec +1min 04.325secs
16. Frankie Provenzano Prema +1min 09.708secs
17. Federico Leo Pons +1min 17.802secs
18. Sten Pentus Mofaz Fortec +1min 20.170secs
19. Omar Julian Leal Prema +1min 30.837secs
20. Anton Nebylitskiy Comtec +1min 43.028secs

DNF. James Walker P1 14 laps completed
DNF. Alex Marsoin Comtec 0 laps completed
DNS. Adrian Valles Epsilon Euskadi Did not start

MOFAZ FORTEC AIMS HIGH

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FRANCORCHAMPS, Circuit Spa-Francorchamps, 01 May 2009 – The 2009 World Series by Renault continues this weekend at one of the most challenging race tracks in the world, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. The circuit is renowned for its hilly and twisty nature combined with high-speed corners such as the adrenalin-rush: ‘Eau Rouge’ and ‘Blanchimont’.

After a great display in Barcelona a fortnight ago, MOFAZ FORTEC MOTORSPORT is aiming high at Spa. Sten (PENTUS) drove superbly in the tricky weather conditions to secure his first podium in the series. He now turns his attention to the upcoming Round Two of the WSR.

Pentus commented: “The race at Barcelona was excellent. The car, teamwork and strategy were absolutely astonishing. Of course, with a bit of luck too! I hope to carry the same momentum going into Spa and to score more points. Let’s hope for a nice weather this weekend”.

In today’s practise sessions, the Estonian clocked 2:07.314 to finish a creditable 13th. He was one of the quickest rookie drivers on the circuit.

On the other hand, Fairuz (FAUZY) was seventh quickest with 2:06.676, while local hero, Betrand Baguette (Draco) topped the time sheet with a lap of 2:05.185.

“I always enjoy racing here since my F3 days. It is one of my all-time favourite circuits!” said Fauzy who had secured his first pole position here in the 2007 series.

“I am keeping my expectation very realistic and will be taking it step-by-step, focusing on each session as we progress through the weekend. I hope to end this weekend on a high note”, he added.

The practise sessions went relatively well without any interruption. Both drivers are targeting to qualify for the Super Pole tomorrow. Fauzy and Pentus will start in Group B & A respectively in the qualifying sessions.

The team currently lies third in the team championship standings and looks forward to strengthen its position.

Race schedule (local time):

Saturday, 02 May

Qualifying (Group B) 09:30 – 09:50

Qualifying (Group A) 09:55 – 10:15

Qualifying (Super Pole) 11:20 – 11:35

Race 1 (44’ + 1 lap) 14:10

Sunday, 03 May

Race 2 (44’ + 1 lap) 13:48

END