FAIRUZ FAUZY SCORES SENSATIONAL MAIDEN GP2 WIN! Sentul, Indonesia -- February 17 2008. Malaysia's Fairuz Fauzy said that standing on the top step of the GP2 Asia podium was one of the greatest moments in his life - after he took a sensational...
FAIRUZ FAUZY SCORES SENSATIONAL MAIDEN GP2 WIN!
Sentul, Indonesia -- February 17 2008. Malaysia's Fairuz Fauzy said that standing on the top step of the GP2 Asia podium was one of the greatest moments in his life - after he took a sensational first victory at the Sprint Race in Sentul, Indonesia on Sunday - brilliantly leading the whole race from pole position.
The 25-year-old managed to hold off Bruno Senna in the tricky conditions, which necessitated the need for a number of safety car periods because of the rain and subsequent accidents. The decision was even made to start the race behind the safety car because of the bad visibility. Amid the chaos, Fairuz came through to taste the victory champagne and to stand on the top step of the podium for first time in his single-seater career. He also recorded the race's fastest lap, a 1m 23.203s on lap 16.
"It was very emotional listening to the national anthem on the podium," said a delighted Fairuz. "I'm absolutely thrilled to take this win, it's one of the proudest moments of my life. I'm been racing for many years and taken lots of second and third places in World Series by Renault and British F3 -- but to finally take the top spot is a huge relief and a very happy moment.
"I have to thank the Super Nova team, my supporters and sponsors for keeping faith in me and now I've been able to repay them. It's particularly important as the next round of the GP2 Asia Series is the Formula 1 support race at my home track of Sepang.
"It was very critical, after the first GP2 Asia race in Dubai where I started from pole position, that I didn't make the same mistake and this time I was able to be consistent, not make any errors and look after my tyres to get to the chequered flag successfully."
Conditions at the 2.4-mile Sentul International circuit have been treacherous all weekend, with the track surface breaking up and with torrential rain causing a lot of drivers to make mistakes. In Saturday's Feature Race, Fairuz finished ninth on the road, but inherited eighth place after race winner Luca Filippi was excluded. Eighth was converted into pole position in the reverse grid format for Sunday's Sprint Race and from that position Fairuz was never headed.
It has been terrific start to the brand new GP2 Asia Series for Fairuz, after the Super Nova driver took a second place finish at the first event in Dubai earlier in the month. He now lies fourth place overall in the championship. And crucially the next round of the F1 support series takes place at Fairuz's home track in Sepang, Malaysia on March 22-23.
"That's will be a very important race for me and it's great that we have this win heading there," said Fairuz. "Thankfully after working so well with my engineer we know that we have a car that is good in the dry and the wet -- and because it rains so often at Sepang we should be competitive and as it supports the F1 Malaysian Grand Prix it's a crucial event."
The next GP2 Asia Series race is over a month away, but Fairuz will be back in action next weekend, racing for A1 GP Team Malaysia in the next round of the World Cup of Motorsport at the street circuit of Durban in South Africa.