Nabil nails a podium finish

Published on May 30th, 2011

Nabil Jeffri was relived to finally nail a podium finish in what is described as a “bad weekend” by the PETRONAS MOFAZ Racing driver.

Nabil finished third in Round 6 of the JK Racing Asia Series at the Sepang International Circuit with a time of 2:12.921s. EuroInternational driver Lucas Auer dominated the tracks after crossing the finish line with a time of 2:11.986s while Nabil’s team mate Irfan Ilyas was placed second with 2:12.161s.

Nabil was placed fourth in Round 5 held hours earlier.

“I feel very happy having claimed my first podium. It’s been a bad weekend and I had a lot of catching up to do,” said Nabil.

“It was a good race nevertheless.”

However, Nabil is eager to forget his Sepang episode as he prepares for a more memorable outing at the Sentul International Circuit in Indonesia.

“I’m quite confident in Sentul. I’m still going for the championship and hope to secure more wins from now on.

Nabil credited his team mates for their due diligence in the pits and on the tracks.

“I’ve got friendly team mates and have a good team this year. They all did a great job with the car and it’s all good.”

Lucas Auer hogged the limelight after winning all four races in Sepang.

The EuroInternational lad was a class above the rest after clocking 2:11.986s to extend his lead in the standings with 116 points.

Irfan Ilyas of PETRONAS MOFAZ Racing once again came in second (2:12.161s) while team mate Nabil Jeffri finished third (2:12.921s).

“I had a good start and I could defend my position. Irfan was close behind but I managed to shake him off in the final few laps,” said Auer.

The Austrian has won five out of the six rounds held in Sepang.

“I’m confident racing in Sepang. We’ve done a lot of testing here and I enjoy a good line here. We’re good in Sepang.”

“The weather has been good. With the exception of the rain during the qualifying session, it’s been sunshine all the way.”

Irfan, meanwhile, is contended settling for the second spot in Round 6.

“I’m quite happy to enjoy podium finishes in the four races. It’s been way better than I had expected.

However, Irfan believes he might struggle debuting at the Sentul International Circuit as the Series heads over to Indonesia.

“I’ve never raced in Indonesia before. I am a little nervous but I guess after a few practices I’ll be able to set my footing to finish top there,” Irfan added.

The 2011 Asian Festival Of Speed features three FIA Sanctioned Series, the JK Racing Asia Series, GT Asia and the Asian Touring Car Series.

JK Tyre & Industries, the leading tyre manufacturer in India, is the title partner for the JK Racing Asia Series. The Series is also supported by AirAsia, Asia’s leading low-cost carrier.

The JK Racing Asia Series is currently the only Junior Formula that provides a unique opportunity where the drivers are given a platform to compete in front of the Formula 1 fraternity. On three occasions the JK Racing Asia Series will support Formula One Grand Prix, in Malaysia, Singapore and the newly built circuit in India.

The JK Racing Asia Series is organised by Motorsport Asia Ltd.

words & pix: Motorsport Asia


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