Current Championship leader, Nabil Jeffri is all smiles as he heads to the historic Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit for Rounds 9 & 10 of the JK Racing Asia Series. The Series is in Silverstone for its final leg of the European tour, one that has been an outstanding experience for the young drivers.
“This is an invaluable experience for these young drivers. Yes, in Asia we do have some of the latest and greatest circuits and in fact the Series visits both Sepang in Malaysia and the Buddh International Circuit in India, but the racing atmosphere in Europe is different and being given the opportunity to experience it first hand whilst still being involved in the Asian set up will be invaluable for the next step in their careers,” said David Sonenscher, CEO of Motorsport Asia.
“Coming here to Silverstone will be amazing for the drivers. They will get to experience corners like Becketts-Maggots-Chapel and Copse on a track that is steeped in history. I am glad that we are able to be the ones to bring them here” ended Sonenscher.
Rounds 9 & 10 are now scheduled to be held on 7-9 September 2012 in conjunction with the British GT and British Formula 3 event at Silverstone.
Malaysian Jeffri leads at the midway mark with 134 points, finishing on the podium seven out of the eight outings, winning four and finishing second three times. The ‘One Malaysia Youth Ambassador’ hopes to continue with his dominating presence this weekend at a circuit that he considers one of his favourites.
His Eurointernational teammates South African Aston Hare, Malaysians Irfan Ilyas and Tan Wei Ron are in second, third and fifth respectively in the points table.
So far only Jeffri and Hare have dominated this year, but Meritus.GP driver, pre season favourite, Afiq Ikhwan from Malaysia, who is 75 points behind the leader, claimed his first win of the Season in France interrupting the Eurointernational podium dominance.
Both Ilyas and Ikhwan will have it slightly easy in Silverstone as Hare will be out of contention with a broken ankle, an injury sustained in a football game after Belgium.
Eighth in points is Malaysian Hiqmar Danial, who will have to adjust to a new team dynamics with US Formula Project as Eurasia Motorsport are unable to attend at the last minute due to Visa issues. Despite the change, the one time podium finisher, is in high spirits as the team is part of the Eurointernational race outfit.
Former Formula BMW driver, Indian Akhil Khushlani and last year’s JK Racing Asia Series Guest Driver Italian Lorenzo Camplese will join Danial in US Formula Project. Khushlani has been busy back home setting up his car business and getting some race tests in between whilst Camplese is currently contesting the ATS Formel 3 Cup.
Norwegian Tommy Ostgaard will participate for the first time this weekend, from his Formula Basic Series, with SWB Motorsport.
The 2012 JK Racing Asia Series Season has been an interesting one so far, more so than anyone anticipated at the start of the year. It is the first time the Asian Series has ventured to Europe, allowing the young impressionable drivers to get a first hand experience of three of Europe’s best Circuits – Paul Ricard in France, Spa Francorchamps in Belgium and the final event of the European tour ends here at the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in UK before heading back to Asia.
words & pix: Motorsport Asia