PETALING JAYA: Malaysian driver Nabil Jeffri failed to translate a front row start into a podium finish in Race 1 of the opening round of the German Formula 3 series in Oschersleben.
The 20-year-old was second fastest in qualifying on Friday, clocking 1:20.235 – just 0.06sec slower than pole-sitter Markus Pommer of Germany.
Pommer, who is also his Motopark team-mate, clocked 1:20.229.
Nabil boosted his confidence when he closed free practice earlier as the second fastest ahead of Pommer.
But despite running shoulder to shoulder with Pommer and taking turns to set the fastest time in qualifying, Nabil suffered a misfortune when he was penalised for a jump-start offence.
Nabil rejoined the race in 10th position and, despite posting the fastest lap time, eventually completed the 22-lap race in sixth placing.
Pommer went on to take victory ahead of Dutchman Indy Dontje while Sam MacLeod of Van Amersfoort Racing took the final podium spot.
Another Malaysian Weiron Tan, driving for Van Amersfoort Racing, qualified eighth and ended ninth in the race.
Nabil will start Race 2 from the second row in third place due to the reverse grid format for the eight best-placed drivers.
Nabil will start from pole for Race 3 as he posted the second best time from qualifying.
The Malaysian is in his second season in the German F3 Cup, having finished eighth in the championship in his debut season last year.