PROTON Motorsports aims to put icing on the cake on a wonderful season with S1K title
PROTON Motorsports will be hoping to cap a wonderful season in the local and international racing scene with a win in the Sepang 1000 KM, putting the icing on the cake for what has been an incredible 2011 for the renowned domestic motorsports giant.
Led by their R3 Racing Team, Faidzil Alang & co will be aiming to end their barren run since the event began in 2009, completing an unprecedented hat-trick of titles in the local and international racing scene for Proton Motorsports after dominating the Asia Pacific Rally Championship and Malaysian Touring Car Championships (MTC) in the Malaysian Super Series (MSS).
Faidzil will be hoping to continue his good form last weekend when he bagged the overall title in the MTC finishing the season with a whopping 230 points, 80 points above team mate, Syafiq Ali in a 1-2 finish for R3.
“Of course everyone wants to win, our target is to finish the race, winning it is a bonus. It’s been a good year for Proton thus far.
“It’s good if we can make our bosses happy. It’s the last event of the year and we’ll be hoping to finish the year with a bang,” said the boyish looking 40 year old at the pre-race press conference at the Sepang International today.
Faidzil was joined by his co-driver, James Veerapan in a Satria Neo and fellow team mates, Syafiq and Syahrizal Jamaludin in a Gen 2.
Also attending the press conference were fellow competitors in the Class 2 (up to 1600 cc), Red Bull Rookies Racing Team and Thunder Asia Racing Team.
Although short of experience, Red Bull Rookies will be banking on their youthful adrenaline in their quest to finish the grueling 9 hours, 181 laps race.
“Our target is to finish the race and to avoid any accidents. I have some experience racing before in the Formula BMW and hope to share my experience with my other team mates,” said Siti Syakirah, 19 who competed in the support series at the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix this year.
Completing the line-up are Fauziah Haziz, 26 and Amirah, 21. Thunder Asia Racing Team opted to take a relaxed approach to the race illustrated by the easy going nature of their driver, Melvin Choo.
“We came here for a holiday after a hard season of racing. This race is more of a team bonding exercise, rather to enjoy the race and have fun while we are at it,” said Melvin.
Melvin who has experience racing in Super GT will be joined by Asian Touring Car Champion, Eric Yeo and female Japanese driver, Hiroko Nakamura.
Qualifying begins tomorrow while the flag off for the race is at 1 pm Saturday. The race is scheduled to end at 10 pm.
Besides watching the action unfold at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC), fans would also get the opportunity to purchase exclusive Formula One tickets for the unbelievable price of RM10. For a limited time only, 1,000 hillstand tickets will be up for grabs for the fans on a first come first serve basis.
Tickets will be sold at the pass collection centre @ PG3 (just before paddock tunnel) and Corporate Suite 6, Main Grandstand Mall Area. Counter tickets will be opened during the duration of the race and will continue to be open even after all the 1000 tickets have been sold.
Those who miss out on the exclusive RM10 tickets can still opt to purchase Early Bird F1 tickets, with tickets going for 50% less except for Main Grandstand.
SIC Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Razlan Razali, in announcing this exclusive once in a life time promotion, explained the rationale behind the offer, saying that it was SIC’s way to thank the fans for their support during the 14 years of F1 in Malaysia.
“This exclusive offer should by no means consider as a sales strategy, rather as a way for SIC to thank the fans for their support during the 14 years of F1 in Malaysia.
“SIC as the home of motorsports and we play a big part in promoting motorsports in Malaysia. We want more fans, from all walks of life to come and experience the real thrill of motorsports, and what better way for them to do that, than to come to Malaysian Grand Prix.
Besides ticket sales, there will be many other side activities held during the race including pocket bikes demonstrations, drifting, go-kart rides and motorclub gatherings.
For the fans, they will be in for a treat as it would only cost them RM30 to enjoy the drift demonstration and taxi ride at PA1, pocket bike and go-kart ride from 9 am to 5 pm.
Entrance is free to watch the race. Paddock passes will be on sale at the paddock entrance. For more info, log on to www.sepangcircuit.com or call +603 8778 2222.
For details, kindly call National Press Officer Norlina Ayob at 019-3174555 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or Harris Rajahdin at email@example.com or Yasmeen Syahiera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pic 1 : from left Red Bull Rookies Team (Siti Syakirah(Malaysia), Fauziah Hj. Haziz (Brunei), Amirah (Singapore), Proton R3 Racing Team (James Veerapan, Faidzil Alang, Shahrizal Jamaludin, Syafiq Ali- Malaysian), and Thunder Asia Racing Team (Eric Yeo (Malaysia), Hiroko Nakamura (Japan), Melvin Choo (Singapore).