FAIRUZ FAUZY'S SEASON KICKS OFF AT MONZA
MONZA, ITALY -- 11 April, 2007. Malaysian ace Fairuz Fauzy will commence his 2007 racing season at Monza this weekend in the opening round of the World Series by Renault.
Driving for the successful Cram Competition outfit, Fairuz's aim for first meeting of the year is to take a podium finish at the legendary Monza circuit and to try and build an early points advantage.
"The plan for the first round is to qualify on the front row of the grid and to convert that into a podium finish," said the 24-year-old. "But the important thing to remember is that I need as many points as possible for the overall campaign. My target is to be consistent throughout the whole season."
The grand prix circuit of Monza is characterised by long straights interspersed with chicanes. As a result the Dallara World Series machines are set-up in a low downforce configuration to ensure they are as fast as possible in a straight-line.
"Because of the small wings we run on the car for Monza -- the race will be a big challenge," adds Fairuz. "Also the key will be using the tow of the car in front to get a slingshot past and then outbrake them into one of the chicanes. It will be a very exciting race and full of action."
This weekend all the World Series teams will take part in a general test day on Thursday. That is followed by two 45 minute practice sessions on Friday. The first race kicks off on Saturday afternoon (1515 local time) while the second race is on Sunday morning (1135 local time). The World Series teams are sharing Monza with the Le Mans Series sportscar championship so there will be no mandatory pitstops in the races.
The grid for the second World Series race is decided by the results of the first. But the top ten finishers are reversed - so a tenth place finish on Saturday is converted to pole on Sunday.
"It's going to be very important to finish well in the first race because of the starting position for the next one. If you spin or fail to finish -- then it will be a big problem," says Fairuz "But I have every confidence in the Cram team, it's a good environment and I believe we have a great chance to getting a good result at Monza."