AirAsia and Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport sealed a
partnership agreement late last week, that will see the low cost
airline supporting the racing team’s quest to dominate the World
Series by Renault Formula 3.5 Championship.
Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport is a Malaysian
racing team and an emerging force in the European racing arena.
The team’s driver, Fairuz Fauzy, achieved a maiden podium victory
at Hungary’s Hungaroring circuit in June this year and second
place at UK’s Silverstone circuit in July.
Team’s other driver is Estonian’ Sten Pentus, who scored his first
podium finish at the Circuit De Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.
AirAsia Group CEO Dato’
Sri Tony Fernandes emphasised that AirAsia’s
sponsorship and support for MOFAZFortec Motorsport was another
demonstration of AirAsia’s commitment to boosting Malaysian sports
and burnishing “Brand Malaysia” across the globe.
“We care deeply
about the state of Malaysian sports, and sponsoring MOFAZFortec
provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate our support for
Malaysians and Malaysian teams that excel globally, competing
against the best,” he said.
Motorsport is currently placed fifth in the World Series by
Renault Formula 3.5 2009, despite it being its first year in such
a global championship. The team managed to defy all odds to
constantly produce amazing results at each and every race.
“Our relationship and
association with AirAsia is truly timely, what with the stakes
being raised higher for all teams in the World Series by Renault
with only 2 race meetings left in the season,” said Haji Fauzy,
the Team Principal of MOFAZFortec Motorsport. “Both organisations
have shown that through hard work and diligence, any obstacles
could be overcome, and thus, the beginning of this strong and
driven alliance between the two globally-forward enterprises will
help fortify brand Malaysia across the globe, and also provide the
opportunities for our fans throughout the world to know how united
we are under the banner of One Malaysia.”
Series by Renault Formula 3.5 has marked itself as one of the
primary routes to Formula 1, with Robert Kubica, Fernando Alonso,
Sebastian Vettel and Jamie Alguersuari amongst its recent
The new Formula Renault 3.5 machines incorporate the
latest aerodynamic technology which appears on Formula 1 cars in
recent years, and is equipped with a 3.5 litre V6 engine peaking
at 500 bhp utilising ‘flexfuel’ technology.
Renault has put into
implementation the technological advancement that it has garnered
over the years through its involvement in Formula 1 to allow
competitors in the World Series Formula Renault 3.5 to be prepared
for the highest level of motorsports, whereby several similarities
are put in place in the cars to help drivers familiarise
themselves with the rigors and challenges demanded out of a
Formula 1 driver.
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