TEAM Proton R3 drivers Fariqe Hairuman and Syafiq Ali have clinched the M-Production class championship for the 2019 Malaysia Championship Series (MCS).
Driving a Proton Iriz, the pair finished second in Round 5, a gruelling 300km race offering double points to those who finish in the top 10.
By winning the MCS, R3 achieved one of their main goals for 2019, and can now focus on defending their Sepang 1000km Endurance Race* (S1K) title to deliver Proton a record-breaking fifth title in the race.
The S1K will be held on Nov 22-24.
Aside from the Iriz, R3 has two 2019 Proton Saga, their newest cars. During Round 5 of the MCS, the team’s two other drivers defended their title-chasing teammates from attacks by other cars, but still managed to drive their Saga to a third place finish. It was the second podium for the Saga in the last three MCS races, which bodes well for the S1K.
The second Saga will be raced in the S1K, piloted by drivers selected from the “MSF-R3 Lady Racers Search”. The search offered an opportunity for female racers to undergo a development programme with R3, culminating in a race seat in the 2019 S1K.
Over 200 entries for livery contest
The 2019 S1K carried a new element for R3 as one of its Saga racers was painted in a special livery designed by the winner of the “Design For Speed Contest”.
Running from Aug 26 to Sept 22, the contest invited Malaysians aged 18 and above to submit their most creative livery design with the best design being applied to one of the R3 Sagas taking part in S1K.
Proton CEO Li Chunrong said: “The Design For Speed contest was a very successful programme for Proton as the contest page was viewed over 25,000 times. This led to the design template being downloaded over 3,000 times and from there, over 200 eligible entries were received.
“This shows Malaysians have a real passion for racing and for R3, so we are happy to be able to give them the opportunity to see their work applied to our racing car and then viewed by thousands of fans during the S1K race.”