Meritus slowly getting back into the groove

Meritus slowly getting back into the groove

28.05.2009: Firhat Mokhzani (left) speaking to drivers Rio Haryanto (centre) and Dustin Sofyan after yesterday's tests at the Sepang International Circuit. Just like the proverbial tortoise, Meritus Racing believe the key to

Firhat Mokhzani (left) speaking to drivers Rio Haryanto (centre) and Dustin Sofyan after yesterday's tests at the Sepang International Circuit.

Just like the proverbial tortoise, Meritus Racing believe the key to winning this weekend’s races at the Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS) is to go slow and steady over the next two days of  the practice sessions for the Formula BMW Pacific.

The Malaysian team, who are Asia’s most successful motor racing team with 32 international titles since 1996, ended today’s first day of  official testing at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) only third and seventh quickest via Rio Haryanto and Dustin Sofyan, but it was good enough for team manager Firhat Mokhzani.

“Today was all about getting back into the groove as it has been nearly two months since the two drivers have been in a car,” Firhat said of Rio and Dustin, whose last race was at the Malaysian Formula 1 GP in early April.

“Unlike some of our rivals, who opted to have tests earlier in the week, before today’s official testing, we have decided to wait until the races in Sentul, Indonesia, in July.”

He explained:
“Those who opted to test before today won’t be allowed to test in Sentul and that is why we opted to wait. I feel it will benefit the team more to test in Indonesia as we are not as familiar with the Sentul track. In the long run, this may prove beneficial to us.”

Rio said:
“It feels great to be back in the car. This is what I’ve been waiting for since winning the second race of the season in April.”

Dustin said:
“At last, the long wait is over. I didn’t have great times today but it’s alright as I was just getting back the feeling of driving again.”
There are four races in Sepang this weekend, two each on Saturday and Sunday. Practice sessions will start tomorrow with the qualifying session scheduled for 11.40am on Saturday.

After Sepang, the series moves to Sentul, Indonesia, for four races from July 17-19, followed by two races each in Singapore (Sept 25-27), Okayama, Japan (Oct 30-Nov 1) and Macau (Nov 20-22).



- Rahmaninho -  photo Meritus Racing

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28.05.2009 / MaP

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