Tuesday September 4, 2012
Nabil wants a perfect Silverstone weekend
By LIM TEIK HUAT
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Nabil Jeffri will be looking for a perfect racing weekend when he returns to London today. It was here that he became the youngest F1 test driver two years ago.
This time though, it is a real competition.
Nabil drove a Lotus T127 on a runway at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford in 2010 but this time he is leaving to race for Eurointernational at the Silverstone circuit in the JK Racing Asia Series, where he is currently the championship leader.
The historic F1 circuit will host Round 9 and 10 of the series this weekend and is the third European venue after the Paul Ricard Circuit in France and the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium.
Nabil has a 12-point lead at the halfway stage of the series ahead of South African Aston Hare on 134 points and will do his utmost to keep the advantage.
”I hope to carry on with the momentum from Spa last month where I won one race and finished second in the other.
”It will be great to get a perfect weekend — to take pole and win both races,” said the 19-year-old, who has prepared well by learning about the circuit through race simulators and fitness training with his personal trainer Roman Engel from Fitrace.
Nabil added that most drivers taking part in the series have never driven on this track before.
”The driver fastest to adapt to the track has a better advantage.
”Another challenge is to acclimatise to the weather conditions quickly.
”I’m feeling very confident with the track because I have been training a lot with the simulator on that circuit and it is one of my favourites.”
The next stop after Silverstone will be India next month where it will be the support race for the Indian F1 Grand Prix.