TEAM PROTON R3 TO DEFEND ITS LEAD IN THE MALAYSIAN SUPER SERIES

Published on May 21st, 2011

Team Proton R3 will aim to extend its lead at the top of the Malaysian Super Series 2011 (MSS) for this weekends round two which starts in the Sepang International Circuit today with qualifying in the afternoon.

Team Proton R3 emerged 2nd in heat 1 and 1st in heat 2 for the first round which was run as a support race for the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix in April. Faidzil Alang, in a lone Proton R3 Satria Neo qualified in pole position, but had to settle for 2nd in heat 1 after suffering an electrical problem. With the problem fixed for heat 2, Faidzil drove a dominant race to finish 1st. Faidzil Alang is no stranger to Malaysian Motorsports, and is widely regarded as one of the most successful circuit drivers, with the overall win at the 2006 Merdeka Millenium Endurance race, the pinnacle of his career.

The team is back this weekend stronger with the addition of a 2nd car in the form of a Proton R3 GEN.2. The second car will be piloted by young driver, Syafiq Ali who has previously driven for Proton. His achievements to-date include winning the 2008 Asian Touring Car Series Championship for the 1500Max class and a class B win in the Merdeka Millenium Endurance race in the same year. Both achievements were completed in a Proton Satria Neo.

“In the short time Syafiq has been a racing driver, he has built up a reputation for being quick, disciplined and a team player. We are happy to have him aboard again as a driver for Team Proton R3” said Tengku Djan Ley, Head of Engineering, Proton Motorsports Division. “Together with Faidzil Alang, we can’t ask for a better team this weekend.” He added.

“The old adage, win on Sunday, sell on Monday still holds true today for Proton R3. Much of the lessons learnt on the race and rally tracks have found their way into our showroom limited edition R3 vehicles. Any Proton owner can also equip their vehicles with our accessories and parts that have been inspired and honed through rigorous testing and competition,” said Datuk Abdul Razak Dawood, Head of Proton Motorsports Division.

The Malaysian Super Series is now an annual event on the local motorsports calendar and is considered the Premiere National Championship for circuit racing. The series includes competition of various classes of motor cars as well as motorcycles. The 5 round championship event has since grown to be very competitive and serious, attracting drivers and teams from neighboring countries. There will be 3 rounds remaining after this weekend for the 2011 season.

Round 3: 2nd-3rd July

Round 4: 1st – 2nd October

Round 5: 26th-27th November

words & pix: SIC

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