RAM BY P1 EUROPE IN THE POINTS AND ON THE PODIUM
The Norfolk-based Cram by P1 Europe - World Series by Renault team, had a successful weekend in Hungary as they managed to achieve their best results of the season so far. Drivers Fairuz Fauzy and Pippa Mann, under the management of Team Principle and Chief Engineer, Roly Vincini, delivered spectacular drives to increase their championship standings and thrill the crowds in Budapest.
Fauzy qualified in fourth position for Race One, where he went on to take a much deserved second place at the Hungaroring. His first podium in World Series by Renault was won in an incident-filled race which saw many of the championship front-runners struggle, whereas Fauzy drove a consistent and solid race to bring home Cram by P1 Europe's first silverware of 2007.
Meanwhile, Fauzy's team mate - 22-year old Suffolk racer Mann claimed a respectable 15th position for her efforts, coming up through the field from a 25th place grid slot.
Fauzy commented on his first World Series by Renault podium, "The team did a really good job to give me a consistent car. I managed to get a good start but had to avoid an incident in the first corner, causing me to drop back to fifth. The car was very consistent and I just tried to make as few mistakes as possible. The team called me in at the right time and we had a good pitstop. After re-joining the track I thought about challenging Filipe (Albuquerque, Epsilon) but this podium is really important to me so I am happy to take the points for second place."
Reflecting on Race One, Mann said, "I didn't have a great start but managed to work my way back throughout the race. It was disappointing to have the incident after the second safety car just a couple of laps before the end of the race, but at least I was able to carry on. It's not an easy track to drive, physically or mentally, so I think we did a good job to be inside the top fifteen. Tomorrow's race should be better starting from 15th position."
These results saw Fauzy start from 8th position for Race Two at the Hungaroring, while team mate Mann was placed 15th on the grid. Unfortunately, the team struggled to maintain their good fortune during Sunday's race, with Fauzy retiring from a points position following an engine problem, while Mann was pushed off the circuit and out of a 13th place finish just laps before the end of the race.
The Cram by P1 Europe squad will be back in action on 18th / 19th August at Spa-Francorchamps for the next rounds of the World Series by Renault 2007 Championship.