Team Proton R3 celebrated a successful weekend with a dominating performance in the 2nd round of the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) with a 1st and 2nd finish in Race 1 and 2.
Motorsports fans were treated to a stunning display of speed and control by Faidzil Alang and his team-mate Syafiq Ali as the pair dominated the field to win both Races in their Satria Neo and GEN.2 R3 race cars.
As usual, weather conditions at the Sepang Circuit was hot and dry with rain in the later part of the afternoon. With in-car temperatures rocketing for race 1, both drivers kept their cool to capitalise on a good start In Race 1. They later maintained their performance on the track to do the same in a rain-soaked Race 2.
In Race 1, Faidzil Alang made the most of his pole position and led the race from start to finish with the only serious challenge coming from his own team-mate, Syafiq Ali. Syafiq, who qualified in 4th due to a problem during qualifying, made a fantastic start to overtake the 2nd and 3rd placed cars to slot into 2nd behind team-mate Faidzil by turn 1. Both drivers maintained their 1st and 2nd position till the chequered flag.
In Race 2, heavy rain delayed the start by almost an hour and eventually started as a wet race. Faidzil led the race from the start, trailed by Syafiq Ali. Unfortunately for Faidzil, he had a mechanical problem on the 3rd lap which forced him to relinquish his lead to team-mate Syafiq and forcing him to defend 2nd place from 3rd placed Siah W Pyng.
“We are thrilled with the results this weekend. Despite the stiff competition and challenging weather conditions, our team were well prepared to face anything. This is a testimonial of all the development work and testing we’ve done in preparation for this season as well as our experiences from previous races. The lessons learnt on the track today will be utilised to help us build better cars for tomorrow.” Datuk Abdul Razak Dawood, Head, Proton Motorsports Division.
“As always, it’s great for the team to be back on the podium again for round 2. Race 2 was especially tough for me as a mechanical problem forced me to slow my pace. Overall, the car and tyres were working very well, but we believe that we can further improve on it for round 3.” Faidzil Alang, Driver, Team Proton R3.
“Im thrilled to win my first race in the MSS especially when this is my debut outing with Team Proton R3 this year. The crew were fantastic, working well into the night to ensure I get a competitive car for today. The next round is in July and I am already looking forward to it.” Syafiq Ali, Driver, Team Proton R3.
Malaysian Super Series 2011 Round 2 Results:
1. Faidzil Alang 23:50.401
2. Syafiq Ali 23:51.875
3. Siah W Pyng 24:15.230
1. Syafiq Ali 24:02.202
2. Faidzil Alang 24:35.992
3. Siah W Pyng 25:02.685
Remaining rounds for Malaysian Super Series 2011:
Round 3: 2nd-3rd July
Round 4: 1st – 2nd October
Round 5: 26th-27th November