ATCC: Johor: Team Petronas race report

Asian Touring Car Championship Rounds 3 & 4 Pasir Gudang Circuit, Johor Bahru 18/19 May 2002 Fariqe Shines in scorching hometown contest. Nineteen year old Fariqe Hairuman, driving the 1600cc Division 3 Team Petronas Primax Honda Civic EK9, ...

Asian Touring Car Championship
Rounds 3 & 4
Pasir Gudang Circuit, Johor Bahru
18/19 May 2002

Fariqe Shines in scorching hometown contest.

Nineteen year old Fariqe Hairuman, driving the 1600cc Division 3 Team Petronas Primax Honda Civic EK9, scored two outright 3rd placings and 2nd in class against a truly international field, including the more powerful 1800cc and 2000cc Division 1 and 2 runners.

Fariqe's qualifying pace was as hot as the sweltering track temperatures, clearly indicating he was going to be the one to watch on Sunday.

His highly creditable race results came after fierce tussles with top-rated Japanese charger, Kouji Matsuda, with Fariqe maintaining pressure right until the last corner. The youngster conserved his tyres perfectly in both races, enabling a series of closing lap lunges at the fleeing Matsuda.

Back with Team Petronas Primax after a brief respite was South African former saloon car champion, Deon Joubert. He retired from the first race following an accident with a slower competitor and finished the second race in 6th Overall and 4th in Class.

Joubert was full of praise for his junior teammate. "Fariqe has real talent. It's a great credit to him and all the team for such an excellent result and I'm sure we'll see a lot more of him. I'm certainly very impressed!"

Team Petronas Principal, David Wong: "Watching young Fariqe drive so well today is a fantastic feeling for everyone who trained and developed him through our extremely regimented training program these 16 months and we're all so proud of him. We witnessed a very mature drive in tough company, from qualifying right through to the last corner of each race."

Fariqe and Deon will return to the ATCC Series at Sepang in July.

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