PROTON R3 DUO DOMINATES ROUND 1 OF MSS
Back to back race victories in round 1 of the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) currently places the Proton R3 Racing Team on top of the Malaysian Touring Car Championship in Class 2 for production cars up to 1600cc.
PROTON R3 drivers – from right: Syafiq Ali (Race 1 on Saturday) and James Veerappan (Race 2 on Sunday)
Young drivers Syafiq Ali and James Veerappan set a blistering pace in the Satria Neo over the weekend to give the team’s 2012 MSS campaign a tremendous boost.
Round 1 of the MSS was run as two support races in conjunction with the Petronas Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix.
Driving to victory in front of some 100,000 spectators who attended Grand Prix over the three-day weekend at the Sepang International Circuit, Syafiq and Veerappan were in dominant form.
Syafiq won the curtain-raiser 9-lap race on Saturday finishing first in class ahead of drivers Sutan Mustaffa and Ahmad Faizry. He also finished the race fourth overall.
Veerappan meanwhile, secured victory in the second 9-lap race on Sunday from fourth position on the starting grid, finishing an unassailable 36 seconds ahead of second place winner Abu Bakar Fitri with Kok Pak Chiang a further two seconds behind.
1st Place in Malaysian Touring Car 1.6 category
“Both drivers were incredibly fast over the weekend. It’s an excellent season-opener result and we look forward to keeping this strong momentum going throughout the year. The objective of course, will be to successfully defend the championship we won last year,” said Team Principal Tengku Djan Ley Tengku Mahaleel.
PROTON not only won Class 2 of the Malaysian Touring Car Championship in 2011 but also secured second place.
Unlike last season however, the 2012 Malaysian Touring Car Championship will be run under a new format as a one-hour race with a compulsory pit stop and each car must have two drivers.
Supporting team members of PROTON R3
“We have a good driver combination in Syafiq and Veerappan who bring a new level of pace, technical knowledge, maturity as well as enthusiasm into the team and this is an incredibly huge motivating factor,” said Head of PROTON Motorsports Datuk Abdul Razak Dawood.