Nabil and Weiron secure race seats with different teams


Malaysian racer Nabil Jeffri with his trophy after finishing third in the Zandvoort F3 Masters in Holland last year.

PETALING JAYA: Nabil Jeffri is confirmed a race seat in FIA F3 European Championship, starting in April.

Nabil, who finished runner-up in the German F3 with 16 podium finishes, will continue to drive for top German outfit Team Motopark in the European Championship.

Nabil is bracing himself for a demanding schedule when the season opens with the first of 33 races at the Silverstone Circuit from April 10-12.

The Petronas talent development driver will leave for Spain on Saturday to undergo a physical fitness programme.

“It’s going to be a demanding regiment as I’ll be travelling all over Europe to eight different countries this time.

“Each weekend will have three races ... I’ve got to be physically fit to cope with the challenges.

“I’ll be doing private testing with the team at four different circuits – Barcelona, Estoril (Portugal), Valencia and Silverstone (United Kingdom) next month.

“I see that there is a chance to jump into F1 via the F3 European Championship, so it’s important that I make a good impression,” said 21-year-old Nabil, who is scheduled to race in the Zandvoort Masters in September and the Macau Grand Prix in November. 

Another driver charting a new career path is 20-year-old Weiron Tan, who will race for Andretti Autosport in the Pro Mazda Championship in the United States.

Kuala Lumpur-born Weiron was part of the Caterham F1 Young Driver programme. He moved to Europe in 2012 to compete full-time in the British Formula Renault championship, securing second place in the points standings with five wins and nine podiums.

Weiron competed in the German F3 for Van Amersfoort Racing and recorded two wins and five podiums for the Dutch outfit.

“The time is right to turn my attention to the US open wheel racing.

“I really enjoyed racing in Europe but I can’t wait to start the next chapter of my career with Andretti Autosport in the US,” said Weiron.

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