Team Proton R3 have won the MProduction class championship with drivers Fariqe Hairuman and Syafiq Ali for the 2019 Malaysia Championship Series (MCS). During Round 5, the pair finished second in a gruelling 300km race while racing a Proton Iriz offering double points to those who finish in the top-10.
For Fariqe, the 2019 title is his second MCS championship after he also won it in 2015 while driving for R3. His codriver Syafiq, a three-time Sepang 1000km (S1K) winner, clinched his first MCS title to add to the impressive list of racing accolades he has already won.
After clinching MCS championship R3 targets S1K win in November
By winning the MCS championship, R3 have achieved one of their main goals for 2019 and can now focus on defending their S1K title to deliver PROTON a record breaking fifth title in the race. They have a good chance of doing so as the team will be fielding cars with proven track records.
Aside from the Proton Iriz, R3 will race two units of the 2019 Proton Saga, the newest car in their stable. During Round 5 of the MCS, the veteran driven pairing of Admi Shahrul and Faidzil Alang defended their title chasing teammates from attacks by other cars but still managed to drive their Saga to a third place finish. It was the second podium for the Saga in the last three MCS races, which bodes well for the S1K.
The second Proton Saga will be manned by drivers selected from the MSF-R3 Lady Racers Search. The initiative offers an opportunity to lady racers to undergo a development programme with R3, culminating in a race seat in the 2019 S1K race.
R3 receives over 200 entries to Design for Speed contest
The 2019 S1K will carry a new element for R3 as one of its Proton Saga racing cars will be painted in a special livery designed by the winner of the Design For Speed Contest. Run from 26 August to 22 September, the contest invited Malaysians aged 18 and above to submit their most creative livery design with the best design being applied to one of the R3 Proton Sagas taking part in the race.