PETALING JAYA: It will be an exciting weekend for Malaysian motorsports with the country’s bright talents getting ready for action in Europe.
Jazeman Jaafar will be battling it out in the second round of the Formula Renault 3.5 series in Spain while Nabil Jeffri will be looking to make a good debut for Petronas in the German F3 championships in Oschersleben after positive test results.
Rahul Raj, however, did not have such luxury but he’ll still be hoping to put on an eye-catching show when he makes his European debut in the BDRC Formula 4 championships at the Silverstone Circuit this Saturday.
His car was scheduled for seat and pedals fitting on Monday to get the 16-year-old to be ready for his first testing the following day.
However, the transporter truck was involved in an accident on the way to pick up the car and the truck driver had to be taken away in an ambulance.
The truck has been compounded by police, resulting in all testings being cancelled for the week.
“I have to go straight to race this Saturday without doing any testing at all. Twenty-one other drivers have been practising daily for the past two weeks and have a better understanding of their cars and should be more confident of handling ther machine.
“It’s going to be a tough race for me as they have a huge advantage over me,” he said from England.
Nevertheless, Rahul, who finished second overall in the Formula Gulf 1000 championships recently, is excited to be given the opportunity to showcase his talent in Europe and acknowledged that it won’t be easy racing against some of the top up-and-coming drivers from Europe.
“My aim will be to get as much experience as possible in the first race.
“I’ll take it one race at a time and move my way up the grid. I hope to finish in the top 10, at least,” said the optimistic lad.
Nabil will be drawing on recent positive results in pre-season testing when he makes his debut in the German F3 series.
He adapted well to the Oschersleben track and was consistently in the top five in the timesheets. Nabil, driving for Eurointernational, was just 0.5 seconds off the fastest man Emil Benstoff of the Lotus Motopark team and is confident of setting top five finishes as his primary target in the opening three races.
“It was a good outing over the two days and I was able to adapt to the Oschersleben track quickly,” said Nabil.
“It’s a short track with lots of fast turns.
“Physically, it is demanding but I’m comfortable with it.
“Emil is the benchmark as he has the experience of competing in the F3 Euroseries last year.”
The 18-car grid sees the last year’s JK Racing Asia runners-up competing against a field of some seasoned F3 drivers.