|| After securing podium finishes at Hungaroring and Silverstone over the past month, Team MOFAZFortec’s Fairuz Fauzy gave an all-out performance to secure fourth overall at the World Series by Renault Formula 3.5 series in Le Mans last weekend. With another consistent finish, Fauzy now stands 6th position overall in the World Series by Renault Drivers’ standings.
Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport also managed to close the gap between itself and Pons Racing in the Teams’ standings. They garnered 12 race points throughout the Le Mans weekend for 5th overall in the Teams’ Championship.
The sole Malaysian representative in the series posted the 3rd fastest time for the Friday’s practice session in dry conditions with a time of 1 minute 27.808 seconds, merely 0.188 seconds behind the session leader from Comtec Racing, Jon Lancaster.
On Saturday, during Qualifying Session 1 and SuperPole, Fauzy started very strong to register pole for almost throughout the Q1 session. However, due to misjudgement on the team’s strategy, Fauzy dropped seven positions down in the last lap of Q1. As a result of the disastrous morning, Fauzy was out of the first 6 position to qualify to be in SuperPole, which led him to start 15th on the grid for Race 1. Sten Pentus achieved a remarkable result to finish second in Q1 to make it through to SuperPole, which consisted of only the top 12 drivers, eventually registering 9th on the grid for Race 1.
fter experiencing unforgiving track and weather conditions for 30 laps, Fauzy clawed and outwitted other opponents with a best lap time of 1 min 28.008, at 171 km/h. After 2 laps, he was pushed down to position 17, and extraordinarily made his way up to beat 10 other drivers to finish at 7th position overall. It is indeed no mean feat, in a race that saw Fauzy beating James Walker, currently 2nd in drivers’ standings.
The race officials also decided to award Fauzy with 1 bonus point for being the most outstanding driver for the race, as well as, greatest number of overtaking in a race, after several drivers ahead of Fauzy succumbed to his determination, focus and psychological advantage. Fauzy would have fared better if he had not had to contend with the three-man dogfight in front of him that involved Charles Pic, Lancaster and Edoardo Mortara. In the end, Fauzy proved to be too tough for Lancaster and Mortara, who both had to concede to him, with Mortara eventually unable to complete the race. With the five points attained in Race 1, Fauzy had managed to secure 6th position in the Drivers’ rankings.
Pentus, on the other hand, was dealt a severe blow, after relentlessly being blocked by drivers ahead of him throughout the whole race. Though he gave his best on the track, luck was not on his side, only managing to secure 14th position overall after Race 1.
On Sunday’s Race 2, Fauzy, who started in 9th for the 31-lap race, had to concede five positions down the order after lap 7. But, the Malaysian held his nerves and strongly soldiered forward to 6th position by lap 18. The mandatory pitstop enforced on all teams did not hamper Fauzy’s spirits, and he managed to maintain this position for the next 10 laps.
Fauzy overtook Walker at lap 28, before finding himself in fierce competition with Lancaster, who started at pole position for Race 2. Fauzy took the British driver by surprise by powering his car to overtake Lancaster at lap 30, triumphantly emerging 4th overall, narrowly missing a podium finish by a couple of seconds.
With three more major races left in the championship, the Team are looking forward to take more opportunities to better their times and performance in their quest to triumph in World Series by Renault Formula 3.5.
Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport is now more determined than ever to close the gap to the leaders in Teams’ standings. The next leg of the World Series by Renault Formula 3.5 is scheduled for Portimao, Portugal on 1 – 2 August.