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UPDATE: Team Proton R3’s Faidzil Alang is on pole position with a time of 2:41.941. Second fastest is Siah W Pyng (2:46.056) and Mark Darwin is third (2:51.897). Faidzil’s teammate Syafiq Ali is fourth with 2:53.342 after having engine misfiring problems.

Round 2 of the Malaysian Super Series 2011 happens this weekend in Sepang, and as we type, the teams are preparing for qualifying, which starts at 4pm. Team Proton R3’s aim this weekend is to extend its lead at the top of the MTC Class 2 standings.

In Round 1, which was a support race for the Formula 1 Malaysian GP, Team R3’s Faidzil Alang was second in Heat 1 and first in Heat 2. Faidzil is no stranger to the Malaysian motorsports scene and is widely regarded as one of the most successful circuit drivers around.

This weekend sees the addition of a second car in the form of a Proton R3 GEN.2, piloted by young driver Syafiq Ali. 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 were done 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. Together with Faidzil Alang, we can’t ask for a better team this weekend,” said Tengku Djan Ley, Head of Engineering, Proton Motorsports Division.

“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, who adds that the road going Proton R3 Satria Neo uses similar components found on the MSS race car.