Trio on the threshold of making Malaysian motorsport history


Jazeman Jaafar in a file photo. He finished ninth in the second round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at the Motorland Aragon circuit on Sunday. He was 13th in the first race on Saturday.

PETALING JAYA: Jazeman Jaafar, Weiron Tan and Nabil Jeffri are just days away from making history as the first all-Malaysian team to race at the historic Le Mans 24 Hours race in France this weekend, which is arguably the toughest race in motorsport.

The trio will be driving the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 race car.

This year’s grid includes the likes of two Formula 1 world champions Fernando Alonso of Spain and Jenson Button of Britain as well as Indy500 winner and former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia.

All three are also Le Mans 24 Hour race rookies.

Scrutineering already took place on Sunday while practice and qualifying sessions will be taking place today and tomorrow.

Just the thought of racing at an iconic track already gave Jazeman goosebumps.

“It’s very special to be racing in an all-Malaysian car, there’s never been a car at Le Mans with all three Malaysian drivers, so it’s pretty historic for Malaysian motorsport.

“We may be seen as underdogs, particularly as we are all rookies, but we have already proved with our fourth-place finish at Spa (and promotion to a podium third place in Belgium last month) that we are not out there just making up the numbers.

The trio had their first taste of the Le Mans track at the official test session last week.

“It’s an awesome track, I’ve never driven on anything like it before.

“I think it was the number of high speed corners that surprised me most, as seeing it on TV doesn’t do justice to that.

“The track has about 70% high speed corners which suits me as I like this type of corner. Loads of them are blind and challenging so it took me a while to get to grips and up to speed with them.

“It was a very special experience,” added Jazeman.

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