Farriz, Lai and Tseu gunning for much-coveted Overall Title

Published on June 3rd, 2010

Farriz Fauzy is no stranger to the world of motorsports, growing up in a family passionate for racing. Introduced and inducted into the exciting motoring scene at a very young age, Farriz fully understands the “anything can happen in motorsports” concept, where miracles do happen, and where from time to time David does beat Goliath, in which lesser-equipped vehicle can upstage its faster competitors, especially in an endurance race.

This indeed came true in 2004, when Farriz and his team mates from the Honda Malaysia Racing team took the Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race (MMER) overall title in a class A Honda Civic, denying success to more powerful modified cars in the open class.

At the inaugural Sepang 1000-kilometer (Sepang 1K) race in 2009, the trio of Farriz, Lai Wee Sing and Tseu Chee Kee (competing under the banners of R Engineering) drove their Class 2 1600cc Honda Civic to 2nd placing overall, leaving other Class 1 1900cc cars behind. Only the mighty Honda Civic Type-R of the Type R Racing Team managed to keep them from 1st placing, although the time difference between the two teams were merely marginal after both teams completed 182 laps of the 5.543 kilometer circuit.

The Sepang 1K 2010 Challenge now beckons, and Farriz is back with the formidable partnership of Lai and Tseu and their trusted Civic under the auspicious banner of MOFAZ Racing, R Engineering and LINKS Racing. Proudly carrying MOFAZ Racing’s motto of Race 2 Win, the trio is motivatedly aiming for top honour, the much-coveted OVERALL TITLE.

Farriz was quoted as saying,” The Sepang 1000km, based on my experience, is more fun and challenging than MMER. This is simply because the cars that will be competing will only be below 1900cc. This obviously will create a much-anticipated one-make endurance race, as most teams would inevitably choose to use similar race-car models. Although some may choose to use other rare models, we can expect that the power output would not vary much, thus most will resort to hard overtaking and position-defending throughout the race. In terms of budget, Sepang 1K is more suitable and less-costly, compared to MMER. This will encourage more people to participate, and thus, with the S1K, we can help bring our Malaysia motorsports industry to the next level,” said Farriz, who like his famous brother Fairuz, has had experience competing in top class international series.

Asked whether he believes that ‘defending a title is more difficult than winning it’, Farriz when on to say,” Well, I believe that every race driver has a single motive in mind, that is to win. Of course, this will generate some intense pressure and high expectation from people around us, since we did well last year. But, honestly for me, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve won, as long as you can keep your concentration straight when racing without making any silly mistakes, stay focused on your team and race car, allow for room to improve and keep yourself mentally and physically fit … that’s all that matters,”

On his continued partnership with Lai and Tseu, “Both of them are my good friends. We have been working together in preparing the car, and I feel comfortable working with them as my teammates. We know that Lai is a fast driver and has showed us a tremendous record of winning a number of other races locally. Tseu is well known for his technical expertise and have been racing for a number of years, and has shown vast improvement in acquiring better results in racing from year to year.

“I believe the key to our success can be contributed to good teamwork and communication. We always worked as a team and we plan every single area meticulously, such as giving productive feedback, planning, and setting-up pit strategy. I also firmly believe that this combination will help us to achieve previous success, hopefully this year we can aim for overall title,” said Farriz. While admitting that he was not fully sure of how stiff the competition will be this year, Farriz said that that it would definitely be challenging. “I am not too sure now as it would depend whether the participants would be well prepared or not. But, I am certain that the level of competitiveness will be high,” he said. “For me, in whatever race that I’m participating, we basically plan early; and we also aim to improve by learning through mistakes made in previous races”.

From June 3rd to 5th, 2010, Sepang International Circuit will be set ablaze by Malaysia’s top racing drivers competing in the second edition of the Sepang 1K Race. Introduced last year, the Sepang 1K allows cars below 1900cc from the previous MMER to compete in their own endurance race. The run-up to the event will see Official Free Practice held on Thursday (June 3rd), while Qualifying will be held on Friday, with this year’s race taking place on Saturday (June 5th). A total of 54 cars will be competing this year, in two separate classes, Class 1 for cars with engine capacities between 1601cc and 1900cc, and Class 2 for cars with engine capacities below 1600cc.
For further information about MOFAZ Racing, please contact MOFAZ Adit Rahim, Head of Communications at [email protected], +6013 336 8888 or +603 7952 6888.

words & pix: MOFAZ Racing

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