FANTASTIC FAIRUZ ON POLE POSITION!
Spa, Belgium -- August 17, 2007. A stunning lap by Fairuz Fauzy netted the Malaysian his first ever pole position at Spa-Francorchamps for the latest round of World Series by Renault 3.5. The 24-year-old punched the air with delight as he stepped out of his Cram Competition machine, knowing he'll head the field in Saturday's 20-lap encounter.
"I'm so happy to get my first pole, I couldn't ask for anymore," beamed Fairuz. "It was so important, after being quickest in testing yesterday, that we maintained the pace into qualifying. We've proved that and I have to thank my team, Cram, for such a great car."
Qualifying at the legendary Belgian circuit was tricky, as the track was still damp from a typical Ardennes rain shower. The first 20 minutes session of qualifying was still wet, but when Fairuz appeared in the second period the circuit was dry enough for slick rubber. He set the quickest time on his second set of tyres, to guarantee the four championship points that are awarded for pole position.
"It was very difficult, because of the conditions on the track," explained Fairuz. "You needed to ensure you braked at exactly the right point and didn't go off line as it was very easy to lose control on the wet part of the circuit."
An early red-flag thwarted the Malaysian's first attempt in qualifying, but after returning to the pits for new tyres, he lapped the Belgian circuit at a blistering pace, setting his best time, a 2m 03.224s lap to secure pole position. Clivio Piccione was the next quickest driver, just +0.048s slower than Fairuz!
"After the podium in Hungaroring, to get my first pole shows that we've got a lot of momentum going into the race. It's fantastic to get rid of the problems and back luck which affected the start of our season and now we can focus on getting a good result in the race. I just need to make a clean start and stay out of trouble," added Fairuz. "It shouldn't be a problem, I just have to make sure the pit stop and the weather don't prevent us from getting a good result."
Fairuz lines up alongside the fastest driver from the first qualifying session, Alvaro Barba on the front row of Saturday's 20-lap race, which starts at 1555 local time.
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