PRODUCTIVE MAGNY-COURS TEST FOR FAIRUZ FAUZY MAGNY-COURS, FRANCE -- 27 April, 2007. Cram Competition's Fairuz Fauzy was delighted following a productive World Series by Renault two-day test at the Magny-Cours circuit in central France this ...
PRODUCTIVE MAGNY-COURS TEST FOR FAIRUZ FAUZY
MAGNY-COURS, FRANCE -- 27 April, 2007. Cram Competition's Fairuz Fauzy was delighted following a productive World Series by Renault two-day test at the Magny-Cours circuit in central France this week.
All fifteen World Series teams were in action ahead of the next round of the championship at Nürburgring in Germany on May 4-6. At the end of the opening day, Fairuz finished with the eighth quickest time for Cram, despite not using a brand new set of tyres.
The Malaysian set a lap time of 1m 25.860s to put him well inside the top ten runners -- which was an improvement of nearly a whole second from his best lap in first session on Wednesday morning.
"I'm very happy with the pace we're running because unlike a lot of the other drivers we're saving a set of brand new tyres for the race next week at the Nürburgring," said Fairuz.
"We concentrated on running with heavy fuel loads in the car and practicing race simulations and I'm delighted with the pace that we've set. We did have a slight problem with the hydraulic pressure on the first morning, but it didn't affect our programme too much," he added.
Overnight rain fell in the Nevers region in central France on and left the track damp early on Thursday morning for the second day of the test. But in the morning session Fairuz failed to set a lap time as the Cram team was concentrating on rebuilding his gearbox.
"My team manager Roly Vincini just wanted to ensure that we don't have any reliability problems when we get to the Nürburgring," said Fairuz. "I then did just four laps bedding in the new clutch and gearbox."
The Magny-Cours circuit got quicker in the afternoon as temperatures started to rise, where Fairuz completed 38 laps producing a best time of 1m 26.613s for the Cram Competition team, leaving him 22nd overall, just 1.5 seconds off the overall pace set by Alvaro Parente.
"For the second day the track was much quicker. Initially it was damp and cool but then the temperatures built up throughout the day. By the afternoon it was a lot hotter and the combination of the track resurfacing work with the rubber that had gone down made it very quick indeed."
The World Series by Renault returns to the French circuit on September 21-23, while the next round of the series is at the Nürburgring on May 4-6.
Following the test Fairuz flew to the UK where he is spending the weekend at Brands Hatch. He is supporting Alex Yoong and the Team Malaysia car for the final round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.