Donington: Fairuz Fauzy race report

MORE POINTS FOR FAIRUZ AT DONINGTON PARK Donington Park, England -- September 9, 2007. In front of nearly 100,000 spectators Fairuz Fauzy added to his points tally with a terrific drive from the back of the grid in the latest round of the...

MORE POINTS FOR FAIRUZ AT DONINGTON PARK

Donington Park, England -- September 9, 2007. In front of nearly 100,000 spectators Fairuz Fauzy added to his points tally with a terrific drive from the back of the grid in the latest round of the World Series by Renault 3.5.

After scoring four points for recording the fastest time in his qualifying group on Saturday morning, the Malaysian also netted a point for his tenth place finish in race two. It was a storming drive from the Cram ace who - after failing to finish race one - was forced to start towards the back, in 26th position, in Sunday's second encounter.

"That was a fantastic race, one of my best drives of the season so far," said a delighted Fairuz afterwards. "I passed 16 cars in total to get into the final points position, I'm very happy and delighted for the team to get this result after the problems of yesterday."

Fairuz praised his Cram mechanics after their hard ensured his Dallara was ready to start the second World Series by Renault race after his accident at the Old Hairpin on Saturday. A minor set-up tweak also ensured the Malaysian was confident with the car's handling. "I'm very thankful for my team to turn things around and you can see that we have a great car now -- and the reward is this great result."

With two safety car periods, Fairuz was just 6.124 seconds off winner James Walker at the chequered flag, after 30 laps around the former grand prix circuit. It was a combination of catching his rivals out during restarts, and a strategic call to preserve his tyres in the opening stages which allowed the 24-year-old to scythe through the field.

"It was just like racing go-karts," said Fairuz. "A number of us, including my Cram team-mate Pippa Mann and also Clivio Piccione had a really big fight, passing and re-passing each other every lap. It was clean and really fun racing. The car didn't have the problems of graining on the rear tyres that we had in the first race, so I had the confidence to push, even though the track was a lot slippery on Sunday."

"We've learnt a lot this weekend," he added. "But the result shows how competitive Renault World Series is with yet another different winner. We showed we had the pace in testing, were quickest in qualifying and had the race craft to finish in the points after starting at the back. I'm confident that we are improving our car all the time and can't wait to race again."

The next World Series by Renault meeting takes place at the F1 circuit of Magny-Cours, south of Paris on September 22/23.

-credit: Mofaz Motorsport

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Fairuz Fauzy , James Walker , Pippa Mann