Malaysian team take first ever win in World Endurance Championship race

PETALING JAYA: Jazeman Jaafar, Nabil Jeffri and Weiron Tan made history for Malaysian motorsports by chalking their first ever win at a World Endurance Championship (WEC) race.

The all-Malaysian line-up emerged as the winner of the LMP2 class in the 6 Hours of Fuji race at the Fuji Speedway in Japan on Sunday (Oct 14).

Jazeman took over from Nabil for the final stint and completed 217 laps to finish first in their class, and sixth overall for Team Jackie Chan DC Racing X Jota Sport team.

It was a one-two finish for the Jackie Chan-backed team with sister car Ho Pin-tung, Stephane Richelmi and Gabriel Aubry also crossing the finish line for second spot in the LMP2 class.

It is the second straight podium in the prestigious championships, a spectacular performance considering they are in their maiden season and racing wheel-to-wheel with the likes of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.

The Malaysian trio chalked their first podium in the WEC when they finished second in their class at the 6 Hours of Silverstone in United Kingdom in August.

Jazeman, Nabil and Weiron raised hopes of a solid outing after qualifying second for the 6 Hours of Fuji race on Saturday.

Toyota Gazoo Racing claimed a 1-2 finish in the LMP class with Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez leading home Alonso, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi.

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