FAIRUZ DOES MALAYSIA PROUD IN THE WORLD SERIES BY RENAULT 2009 CHAMPIONSHIP

Fairuz emerges 2nd in the Championship, the highest accolade a Malaysian has achieved in the motorsport world

Fairuz emerges 2nd in the Championship, the highest accolade a Malaysian has achieved in the motorsport world

Malaysian’ Fairuz Fauzy, driving for MOFAZ Racing, came roaring with determination to the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain this morning to battle it out in Race 2, the final and determining race for the season, where the top 3 drivers of the championship will be crowned the best of the best.

After securing pole position yesterday, Fairuz faced several technical glitches on his car during Race 1, and was forced to concede several positions to appear 10th at one point. However, Fairuz bounced back and gave the other drivers the challenge they were waiting for, and finished 6th on Saturday. The minor setback only fuelled further drive in Fairuz, and he took the opportunity to relax and reflect last night to prepare for Sunday’s Penultimate Race, Race 2.

Starting from Pole Position in Race 2, Fairuz led the entourage of drivers for several laps, before deciding to undertake an early pitstop. Bertrand Baguette from International Draco Racing took the opportunity to gain some ground, coming fast behind Fairuz before making a very fast pitstop, which led to Fairuz having to concede his pole position to Baguette, after losing some time coming out of a chicane.

The next few laps saw Fairuz closing in at several sectors, but Baguette’s car proved to be better handling than expected, which allowed him to better his time over the last few laps. Fairuz however managed to think fast and adjusted to the challenges he faced from his own car, and took the opportunity to better his lap times in the last 4 laps. Nevertheless, Baguette managed to put some precious seconds between himself and Fairuz, and claimed the championship in Race 2. All is not lost however, as Fairuz outperformed the other contenders he had going up against him in the running for 2nd placing in the overall drivers’ championship, registering 98 championship points to emerge No. 2 in the World Series by Renault 2009 Championship.

Motorland_PCThe whole MOFAZ Racing team cheered the loudest during the podium ceremony, proudly waving the Malaysian flag. During the press conference after the podium ceremony, Fairuz was quoted as saying,”My utmost gratitude to God, for allowing me the opportunity to get this far in life, and also to my family, who have been the pillar of strength and support throughout the 20 years of challenges to get here, and also the whole MOFAZ Group for believing in me, and always being there for me through thick and thin. I dedicate this achievement to all Malaysians and to all my fans from around the world”.

MOFAZ Racing will be in Spain over the next two weeks to conduct winter testing, and also to test potential and up & coming drivers from several championships, under the strict but motivating guidance of Fairuz Fauzy.

WSR 2009, MOTORLAND ARAGON, RACE 2 RESULTS, 25 OCT. 2009:

1. Bertrand Baguette Draco 46mins 28.831secs
2. Fairuz Fauzy Mofaz Fortec +3.224secs
3. Daniil Move P1 +14.478secs
4. Esteban Guerrieri RC +20.971secs
5. Oliver Turvey Carlin +22.478secs
6. Marco Barba Draco +23.006secs
7. Federico Leo Pons +24.301secs
8. Chris Van der Drift Epsilon Euskadi +24.681secs
9. James Walker P1 +29.526secs
10. Sten Pentus Mofaz Fortec +31.862secs

11. Charles Pic Tech 1 +40.308secs
12. Jaime Alguersuari Carlin +40.395secs
13. Marcos Martinez Pons +53.161secs
14. Greg Mansell Comtec +53.425secs
15. Filip Salaquarda Prema +56.497secs
16. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 +1min 02.432secs
17. Mihai Marinescu Interwetten +1min 03.156secs
18. Guillaume Moreau KMP/SG Formula +1min 03.490secs
19. Bruno Mendez RC +1min 14.899secs
20. Jon Lancaster Comtec +1min 23.963secs
21. Kaisuke Kunimoto Epsilon Euskadi +1 lap

Not Classified

22. Omar Julian Leal Prema 23 laps completed
23. Salvador Duran Interwetten 21 laps completed
24. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP/SG Formula 9 laps completed

WSR 2009, MOTORLAND ARAGON, RACE 1 RESULTS, 24 OCT. 2009:

1. Bertrand Baguette Draco 46mins 17.280secs
2. Oliver Turvey Carlin +1.634secs *
3. Jon Lancaster Comtec +7.750secs
4. Daniil Move P1 +8.482secs
5. Esteban Guerrieri RC +11.241secs
6. Fairuz Fauzy Mofaz Fortec +20.396secs
7. Federico Leo Pons +23.739secs
8. Jaime Alguersuari Carlin +25.319secs
9. Chris Van der Drift Epsilon Euskadi +25.689secs
10. Greg Mansell Comtec +25.993secs

11. Marcos Martinez Pons +31.776secs
12. Filip Salaquarda Prema +32.454secs
13. Charles Pic Tech 1 +36.395secs
14. Marco Barba Draco +36.592secs
15. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 +39.573secs
16. Salvador Duran Interwetten +44.120secs
17. Kaisuke Kunimoto Epsilon Euskadi +44.356secs
18. James Walker P1 +44.645secs
19. Guillaume Moreau KMP/SG Formula +50.349secs
20. Mihai Marinescu Interwetten +51.489secs
21. Omar Julian Leal Prema +57.069secs

Not Classified

22. Bruno Mendez RC 16 laps completed
23. Sten Pentus Mofaz Fortec 0 laps completed
24. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP/SG Formula 0 laps completed

FAIRUZ FAUZY FLIES TO POLE POSITION IN SPAIN!

Motorland_QualifyingThe gloomy weather over the past few days brought out forecasts of rain throughout the whole weekend in usually-sunny Spain, but the sun finally came out to play this glorious Saturday morning, shining its beautiful rays down on the beautiful brand new track of Motorland Aragon, where the Final Round of the World Series by Renault 2009 will take place over the weekend.

MOFAZ Racing’s Fairuz Fauzy begun his birthday celebrations on a great note today by claiming pole position; the last for this season, and a first for him. Still on course for second place in the championship, the Malaysian driver leads Epsilon Euskadi’s Chris Van der Drift and Comtec Racing’s Jon Lancaster. In order to really celebrate, Fauzy will be dreaming of a win this weekend.

When interviewed after the qualifying and the SuperPole sessions, Fairuz was quoted as saying,”This is a truly blessed and joyous celebration. Gaining pole position is the best birthday present I could get for myself, but I couldn’t have done it without the support and great form that my whole team has displayed not only since we got here, but throughout the whole season. We’re looking forward and striving diligently to finish second in the championship, and to do just that, we’re focusing on podium finishes throughout the weekend, in particular a win on Sunday!”

During the Group A qualifying sessions in the morning, Fairuz saw Bertrand Baguette taking control from the start. However, James Walker managed to up his ante and bested Baguette’s time to take the lead away, and emerged the fastest during the session. Fairuz paced himself to make his tyres last longer and recorded an overall commendable time at the end of the session, a fraction of a second behind Walker, to also qualify for Superpole.

Twelve drivers battled it out over 15 blazingly hot minutes during the Superpole. Marcos Martinez set the first provisional pole, before being ousted by Baguette. Jaime Alguersuari then claimed the lead position by recording a lap time of 1’44”314, but was disappointed by Fairuz who went on to set the circuit’s best lap with a time of 1’44”070.

Stay tuned for further updates on Fairuz’s quest to claim glory this weekend at Motorland Aragon, with a live telecast of Race 1 broadcasted out via Eurosport (Astro Channel 814) at 2100hrs Malaysian time. Race 2 of the World Series by Renault Finale at Motorland Aragon will be broadcasted recorded via Eurosport on Monday, 26th October 2009 at 10.30 a.m. Here’s wishing all Malaysians, especially motorsport fans, a great weekend ahead from MOFAZ Racing in Spain!

MOTORLAND ARAGON – QUALIFYING TIMES

Fairuz did very well this morning at Qualifying, and got himself a ticket into Superpole. By the grace of God and his determination and focus, Fairuz come out first at Superpole just a few minutes ago, recording the fastest lap time record of 1′44.070, 0.149 seconds faster than anyone else, indeed the best birthday gift he could get for himself on his birthday today! Blazing the track with the colours of MOFAZ Racing blazing prominently, Fairuz will be starting from 8th position today in Race 1 based on the reverse grid procedure, and Pole Position 1 tomorrow for Race 2. Stay tuned for more updates!

1. Fairuz Fauzy Mofaz Fortec 1min 44.070secs
2. Chris Van der Drift Epsilon Euskadi 1min 44.219secs
3. Jon Lancaster Comtec 1min 44.267secs
4. Bertrand Baguette Draco 1min 44.302secs
5. Jaime Alguersuari Carlin 1min 44.314secs
6. Daniil Move P1 1min 44.476secs
7. Federico Leo Pons 1min 44.488secs
8. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1min 44.491secs *
9. James Walker P1 1min 44.528secs
10. Greg Mansell Comtec 1min 44.814secs
11. Marcos Martinez Pons 1min 44.975secs
12. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 No Time

13. Sten Pentus Mofaz Fortec 1min 44.614secs
14. Guillaume Moreau KMP/SG Formula 1min 45.074secs
15. Esteban Guerrieri RC 1min 44.701secs
16. Marco Barba Draco 1min 45.158secs
17. Filip Salaquarda Prema 1min 45.637secs
18. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP/SG Formula 1min 45.238secs
19. Omar Julian Leal Prema 1min 45.649secs
20. Charles Pic Tech 1 1min 45.324secs
21. Kaisuke Kunimoto Epsilon Euskadi 1min 45.659secs
22. Salvador Duran Interwetten 1min 45.163secs
23. Mihai Marinescu Interwetten 1min 46.413secs
24. Bruno Mendez RC 1min 46.938secs

[* Pole position for reverse grid sprint race; positions alternate between Q groups B & A]

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.