Eight Malaysian Drivers Looking for Home Win

Published on May 25th, 2011

This weekend, eight Malaysian drivers will be pitting their skills against one another for a chance to climb the top step of the podium in the JK Racing Asia Series. Held during the Asian Festival Of Speed weekend, the eight drivers, from Eurasia Motorsport, Petronas Mofaz Racing and Meritus.GP, will compete in rounds three to six of the Series.

Formerly known as Formula BMW Pacific, the Series is now run under Motorsport Asia with the backing of Indian tyre manufacturer, JK Tyre & Industries.

After the completion of the first two rounds, held during the 2011 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix, Austrian driver Lucas Auer of Eurointernational leads the championship just two points ahead of Malaysian Nabil Jeffri.

The list of Malaysian drivers include the Race 1 winner Nabil Jeffri, this season’s youngest competitor Akash Neil Nandy, two time podium finisher Afiq Ikhwan Yazid, one of two female drivers Natasha Seatter, go-kart sensation Aaron Chang and 2010 PFX graduates Irfan Ilyas, Freddie Ang and Hiqmar Danial.

Both Jeffri and Yazid will hope to better their solid finishes from the last outing where the duo climbed both podiums over the Formula 1 weekend. Jeffri is currently in second on the leaderboard, 2 points ahead of Yazid.

Currently Chang and Danial are fourth and fifth on the leaderboard, while Ilyas, Seatter, Ang and Nandy are seventh, eighth, tenth and twelfth respectively.

The level of competition in the Series has increased as evidenced right from the start, with the top eight qualifiers coming in within one second of one another. There was plenty of action throughout the two races with battles all the way down the order right to the closing stages of the races, and more of the same is expected during the AFOS event.

Rounds 3-6 of the JK Racing Asia Series will be held as part of the Asian Festival Of Speed event on 28-29 May 2011 at Sepang International Circuit. This will be the second outing in Malaysia before the Series travels to Indonesia, China, Singapore and India.

words & pix: Motorsport Asia

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