Raya can wait for racers Jaze and Nabil


PETALING JAYA: Hari Raya can wait for two of the country's brightest prospects in motor-racing - Jazeman Jaafar and Nabil Jeffri as they bid to keep the Malaysian flag flying high at the historic Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium this Sunday.

21-year-old Jazeman, supported by Petronas, will compete in his first 24-hour race and pilot one of HTP Motorsport's three Mercedes SLS cars at the 2014 Spa 24 Hour race while 20-year-old Nabil will compete in the fifth leg of the British F3 International series.

Jazeman, who is sharing the car with two previous German winners - Maximilian Buhk and Maximilian Gotz, impressed HTP Motorsport with his pace when he tested with the team for the first time a few weeks back.

He is looking forward to his 24 Hour race debut.

"Racing in a new discipline will be good experience for me and sharing a car with two race winners will be a great opportunity for me to learn from seasoned professionals.

"I really enjoyed testing the car. It's quite different than driving a single seater as there's much less downforce but the grip levels are good.

"A 24-hour race event will bring new challenges for me, particularly racing in different weather conditions at different times of the day and night.

"It will also be the largest grid that I have been racing with, at around 60 cars, so this is another dimension for me, with the different classes and speed of cars and top manufacturers such as Audi, Bentleys, Aston Martin, BMW, McLaren and many more," said Jazeman.

Nabil only has good memories from his last visit to the track two years ago and is hoping for Hari Raya cheers.

"I am on a two-month break as the German F3 series will only resume end of August, so I need to keep up the race momentum. I won when I raced here as part of the JK Racing Asia series, so I hope to bring some good news before I return home for Hari Raya," said Nabil, who is currently second overall after four races of the German F3 series.

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