FANTASTIC FAIRUZ SECURES DOUBLE PODIUM AT NURBURGRING

Malaysia’s F1 Aspirant Stuns Competitors by Achieving Success in both Races over the weekend

podium-race-1-1-1024x680Nurburgring, Germany: The MOFAZFortec Motorsport Team’s did not let the bleak and cold weather in Nurburgring hamper their tremendous spirit over the weekend, as they soldier on to compete in Round 8 of the World Series by Renault Formula 3.5 faced with the challenge posed by the technicalities of the historical circuit which has seen many F1 races triumphantly held over the years.

The weekend begun with the Qualifying sessions, which saw the team’s Malaysian driver, Fairuz Fauzy blazing the track in Group A, taking the top spot with a lap of 1’ 45” 598, battling it out head to head with championship leader, Bertrand Baguette from International Draco Racing and regular contender Comtec Racing’s Jon Lancaster. Both Fairuz and his teammate, Sten Pentus, showed their best performance and qualified for the SuperPole line up.

The Superpole session saw Fairuz giving Charles Pic, Brendon Hartley and Oliver Turvey a run for their money, but luck sided with Hartley who claimed his first pole position in the championship.

Race 1 saw Fairuz Fauzy using his radical skills to pressure the other drivers in front of him whilst maintaining his tyres to last the whole session consistently. Starting from 5th position based on the reverse-grid procedure, Fairuz strategised by sticking close to the pole leaders bumper to bumper for the first 5 laps without making any sudden moves.

However, by lap 9, Fairuz cunningly overtook Jaime Alguersuari, who is also currently driving for the Formula 1 Team Toro Rosso, and in turn, took the opportunity to sprint pass Oliver Turvey, while putting more pressure on Daniil Move and Jon Lancaster in front of him.

On lap 17, Fairuz drove brilliantly and snatched third position from Daniil Move. In the end, Jon Lancaster also succumbed to the pressure, and Fairuz went all out to claim second place. Fairuz was quoted as saying that though the month and a-half break the drivers had after Portimao certainly made most of them rusty in many ways, he managed to make a good comeback after being forced down to 9th position at one point.

Sunday saw all the drivers raring to go and all revved up to undertake the gruelling task ahead of them, with 44 minutes plus 1 lap of adrenaline-filled racing waiting. Fairuz was the first to enter the pit for his mandatory stop, taking advantage of fresh tyres earlier on in the race to better manage tyre longevity and performance as a defensive strategy undertaken by the MOFAZFortec Motorsport Team.

Lap after lap of battling it out and bearing constant pressure on other contenders paid off for Fairuz, when in the last laps he secured third position and held on to it fiercely to end with a double podium finish for the weekend.

When interviewed, Fairuz was quoted as saying,”Alhamdulillah, I am thankful for the blessings that the team and I have received on this glorious day of Aidilfitri. I must say that having such a strong support network, especially with AirAsia coming on board as our official airline, has helped boost the overall confidence and motivation for every member of the team”.

It was definitely a rewarding week for the MOFAZFortec Motorsport Team, who rallied through a successful campaign through the 3 gruelling days, and indeed a challenging week as well for Fairuz Fauzy, what with all the rampant rumours spreading around on the internet promulgating his candidacy for Formula 1 for the 2010 season, and giving his all to achieve another global victory for Malaysia.

Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport will be back in action on the 23rd – 25th of October 2009, when they battle it out to secure the top 3 positions within the World Series by Renault 2009 Finals at Motorland Aragon, Spain.

With the great performance in Nurburgring, MOFAZFortec is now 5th in the overall team championship, and Fairuz Fauzy has also claimed 5th overall in the drivers’ championship.

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WSR 2009, NURBURGRING, RACE 2 RESULTS, 20 SEPT. 2009:

lr_03109806_135_FAUZY1. Charles Pic Tech 1 45mins 59.547secs 25 laps
2. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 +0.695secs
3. Fairuz Fauzy Mofaz Fortec +13.947secs
4. James Walker P1 +14.830secs
5. Bertrand Baguette Draco +22.491secs
6. Jaime Alguersuari Carlin +26.508secs
7. Marco Barba Draco +36.660secs
8. John Martin Comtec +42.947secs
9. Daniil Move P1 +43.299secs
10. Chris Van der Drift Epsilon Euskadi +45.810secs

11. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP/SG Formula +48.475secs
12. Sten Pentus Mofaz Fortec +48.635secs
13. Kaisuke Kunimoto Epsilon Euskadi +49.558secs
14. Omar Julian Leal Prema +53.261secs
15. Mihai Marinescu Interwetten +54.634secs
16. Salvador Duran Interwetten +59.141secs
17. Federico Leo Pons +1min 15.567secs

Not classified:

18. Jon Lancaster Comtec 18 laps completed
19. Oliver Turvey Carlin 16 laps completed
20. Pasquale di Sabatino RC 16 laps completed
21. Marcos Martinez Pons 15 lap completed
22. Filip Salaquarda Prema 9 lap completed
23. Guillaume Moreau KMP/SG Formula 6 laps completed

WSR 2009, NURBURGRING, RACE 1 RESULTS, 19 SEPT. 2009:

Nurburgring, Germany1. Bertrand Baguette Draco 45misn 01.920secs
2. Fairuz Fauzy Mofaz Fortec +3.999secs
3. Daniil Move P1 +6.698secs
4. Oliver Turvey Carlin +7.164secs
5. Jaime Alguersuari Carlin +8.165secs
6. Charles Pic Tech 1 +8.776secs
7. John Martin Comtec +11.633secs
8. Marco Barba Draco +12.376secs
9. Jon Lancaster Comtec +12.484secs *
10. Pasquale di Sabatino RC +13.069secs

11. Guillaume Moreau KMP/SG Formula +16.045secs
12. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP/SG Formula +18.286secs
13. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 +18.495secs
14. Chris Van der Drift Epsilon Euskadi +28.750secs
15. Mihai Marinescu Interwetten +32.991secs
16. Kaisuke Kunimoto Epsilon Euskadi +34.126secs
17. Omar Julian Leal Prema +38.753secs
18. Federico Leo Pons +39.323secs


Podium finishes, NurburgringNot classified:

19. James Walker P1 15 laps completed
20. Sten Pentus Mofaz Fortec 8 laps completed
21. Marcos Martinez Pons 1 lap completed
22. Filip Salaquarda Prema 1 lap completed
23. Salvador Duran Interwetten Did Not Start

* denotes ten second penalty for ‘dangerous driving’.

AIRASIA PARTNERS TEAM MOFAZFORTEC MOTORSPORT

Dynamic partnership set to conquer tracks of Europe!

Dynamic partnership set to conquer tracks of Europe!

SEPANG, 3 SEPTEMBER 2009 – AirAsia and Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport sealed a partnership agreement today, with the prolific venture set to burn the tracks of Europe. The world’s best low cost carrier will be supporting the racing team’s quest to dominate the World Series by Renault Formula 3.5 Championship.

Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport is a Malaysian racing team and an emerging force in the European racing arena. The team’s driver, Fairuz Fauzy, achieved a maiden podium victory at Hungary’s Hungaroring circuit in June this year and second place at UK’s Silverstone circuit in July.

The Team’s other driver is Estonian’ Sten Pentus, who scored his first podium finish at the Circuit De Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.

The team has won the hearts of motorsport fans with their determination off the track, and surprising competitors with their prowess on the track.

AirAsia Group CEO Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes said, “We are proud to be in this dynamic partnership and we wish all the best to Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport in their racing endeavours. We would like to congratulate the drivers for their fine achievements, especially to Fairuz Fauzy for his excellent PODIUM win in Hungary. Motorsport involves a lot of determination, courage, technological precision, competence and outstanding teamwork to ensure success. The qualities needed are the same ones that have made AirAsia the World’s Best Low-Cost Carrier in just 7 short years.”

AirAsia was chosen the “World’s Best Low-Cost Carrier” by a majority of more than 16 million airline passengers in a survey conducted by the London-based and leading aviation consultancy SkyTrax.

Fernandes also emphasised that AirAsia’s sponsorship and support for MOFAZFortec Motorsport was another demonstration of AirAsia’s commitment to boosting Malaysian sports and burnishing “Brand Malaysia” across the globe. “We care deeply about the state of Malaysian sports, and sponsoring MOFAZFortec provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate our support for Malaysians and Malaysian teams that excel globally, competing against the best,” he said.

Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport is currently placed fifth in the World Series by Renault Formula 3.5 2009, despite it being its first year in such a global championship. The team managed to defy all odds to constantly produce amazing results at each and every race.

This collaboration will help AirAsia promote Malaysia and ASEAN to the European market and beyond. It seeks to attract travellers from Europe to experience the wonders of Malaysia and an array of exotic ASEAN destinations, all within reach thanks to AirAsia’s low fares, unparalled connectivity of routes and frequency of flights.

“Our relationship and association with AirAsia is truly timely, what with the stakes being raised higher for all teams in the World Series by Renault with only 2 race meetings left in the season”, said Haji Fauzy, the Team Principal of MOFAZFortec Motorsport. “Both organisations have shown that through hard work and diligence, any obstacles could be overcome, and thus, the beginning of this strong and driven alliance between the two globally-forward enterprises will help fortify brand MALAYSIA across the globe, and also provide the opportunities for our fans throughout the world to know how united we are under the banner of One Malaysia”.

The World Series by Renault Formula 3.5 has marked itself as one of the primary routes to Formula 1, with Robert Kubica, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Jamie Alguersuari amongst its recent graduates. The new Formula Renault 3.5 machines incorporate the latest aerodynamic technology which appears on Formula 1 cars in recent years, and is equipped with a 3.5 litre V6 engine peaking at 500 bhp utilising ‘flexfuel’ technology. Renault has put into implementation the technological advancement that it has garnered over the years through its involvement in Formula 1 to allow competitors in the World Series Formula Renault 3.5 to be prepared for the highest level of motorsports, whereby several similarities are put in place in the cars to help drivers familiarise themselves with the rigors and challenges demanded out of a Formula 1 driver.