KUALA LUMPUR – Former Formula One test driver and 2009 Renault 3.5 World Series runner-up Fairuz Fauzy hopes to use home ground advantage to emerge victorious in the inaugural street race â€“ the KL City GT Cup this weekend.
Fairuz, a seasoned campaigner in GT racing will be among three Malaysians, two Japanese, an Aussie, a Sri Lankan and nine drivers from Hong Kong, to vie for top spot on the podium and become the first champion of first ever street race held in the country.
Apart from Fairuz, two other Malaysians leading the local charge are experienced competitor Adrian dâ€™ Silva and Afiq Ikhwan Yazid – a former Asian karting champion.
“Racing in the GT on the streets will be a totally different experience for me compared to races that I have participated but that will be no reason to be under pressure. However, when racing at home, I just want to do my best,” he told reporters at the Malaysia Tourism Centre (Matic) here today.
The 32-year-old driver who competes in the main race – KL City GT Cup – will represent OD Racing Team suing a Lamborghini Gallardo FLII.
“The race is being held on the streets for the first time (street circuit), here and I feel all drivers will have an equal chance because nobody can anticipate or foresee any technical problems.
“The tarmac on a street circuit is not the same as the tarmac on a racing circuit. Therefore, I will use the training sessions to maximise my knowledge of the track and provide maximum input about technical aspects to the team,” said the former Lotus Racing F1 Team test driver.
He said all teams would be using different tyres and that it was an important technical aspect in the race, especially on wet conditions.
Fairuz, currently racing in the GT Asia Series, also hopes to use his previous experience of having raced on a street circuit when competing in the Formula 3 (F3) in Macau in 2004 and GP2 and World Series in Monaco. – BERNAMA