CLASH ENDS FAIRUZ"S FRENCH ENCOUNTER Magny-Cours, France -- September 23, 2007. After disappointment in yesterday's World Series by Renault 3.5 encounter at Magny-Cours, Fairuz Fauzy again failed to finish in race two on Sunday. The ...
CLASH ENDS FAIRUZ"S FRENCH ENCOUNTER
Magny-Cours, France -- September 23, 2007. After disappointment in yesterday's World Series by Renault 3.5 encounter at Magny-Cours, Fairuz Fauzy again failed to finish in race two on Sunday. The Malaysian was running in traffic when he made contact with Mexican driver Salvador Duran and was forced into retirement.
Fairuz' car flew into the air as his right rear wheel made contact with the front of Duran's car, but because the incident was at a relatively low speed corner, Fairuz was unhurt and his car suffered relatively little damage. "I could see that the right front suspension was damaged and that there was no point in continuing," said Fairuz.
After starting the second Magny-Cours race 28th on the grid the Cram Competition driver made a lightening start as he passed seven cars on the opening lap. But then Fairuz came unstuck in the traffic and tangled with Duran while the pair were battling for 19th position. "I gave him space heading into the chicane, but he pushed me wide and our wheels touched and I went into the air," said Fairuz. "That's racing I suppose, but it's a shame that we couldn't finish again."
This season a non-finish in opening race of a World Series by Renault meeting translates into a lowly grid slot for race two and Fairuz was ruing the lack of a dedicated qualifying session to determine the grid for the second race of the weekend.
"Because we had a problem with the set-up of the car in the rain yesterday, we went off -- and that has put us on the back foot for the rest of the weekend. It's seems harsh really, because I know that given a second chance we had the pace to be competitive at Magny-Cours. At least we can leave France knowing that we have a good car for qualifying, but we just need a bit more luck in the races."
Despite a pointless weekend, Fairuz was pleased with his first experience running a World Series car in wet weather and understands that it was the intermediate set-up, which was to blame for his weekend's downturn in fortunes. "It was a gamble yesterday, but I had never tested this car in the wet before -- so for the first time, to do it in the race was quite an experience as I wasn't sure how the car would handle. Driving in monsoon-like conditions hasn't been a problem for me before and I usually like it, but our car just wasn't suited to it."
There was a home victory in the French round of Renault World Series 3.5 as Guillaume Moreau (FRA) won the 27-lapper ahead of Pons' Miguel Molina. The series has just two more meetings left this season, Estoril in Portugal and a race in Barcelona, Spain, both at the end of October.
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