Malaysia has taken the first win of the Powered by Ferrari era after Fairuz Fauzy secured victory in the A1GP season opener at Zandvoort.
Fauzy's maiden win came in a race held in treacherous wet conditions at the Dutch circuit, with the race itself being brought to an early conclusion due to the weather.
The race started behind the Safety Car but when the actual racing action was about to begin there was drama as Adam Carroll spun the Irish car coming out of the final corner. Spinning in front of much of the field, Carroll was somewhat lucky to only be hit by the Team Monaco car of Clivio Piccione, with both cars forced to retire.
Pole man Jeroen Bleekemolen led in the early stages but as he seemed to struggle with the conditions he came under pressure from New Zealander Earl Bamber. The teenager eventually forced Bleekemolen into an error and stormed into the lead, while behind, Fauzy had taken third after dicing for position with Swiss driver Neel Jani.
When Bleekemolen ran wide out of turn one, Fauzy took second and then set about chasing down Bamber, taking the lead shortly afterwards and pulling away before the red flags came out with two laps to go after both Brazil and China suffered offs.
“I am so happy to take this win,” Fauzy said. “It was very difficult on the track today and made even more challenging with the lack of experience we have with this new car, but we have worked really hard as a team and now we have a fantastic win. We start from pole position for the next race as well, so I hope we can have more success, but if the weather stays like this it will be another huge challenge for everyone. I'm looking forward to it!”
Frenchman Loic Duval completed the podium having also found a way past Bleekemolen who had to settle for fourth, with Jani fifth after a trip across the grass lost him time. Adrian Zaugg rounded out the top six for South Africa, whole Italy, the USA, Portugal and Lebanon rounded out the top ten.