|Nabil Jeffri becomes the first Malaysian to compete in the 2018 WEC (World Endurance Championship) and Le Mans 24-hour. Jeffri is also the youngest driver to get a test with a Formula 1 team.|
Jeffri will compete with Jackie Chan’s squad, alongside former F1 driver and CART racer Juan Pablo Montoya. “I’m extremely honored to be part of Jackie Chan DC in my debut appearance for WEC and race alongside my all-time idol Juan Pablo Montoya. I’m also proud to be in an all-Malaysian team. We’re in it to win it, and I’m confident we will make a great team. Certainly we have SIC (Sepang International Circuit) to thank for this,” said Jeffri.
Jeffri will also race alongside Ex-Formula Renault 3.5 race winner Jazeman Jaafar and Ex-European Formula 3 racer Weiron Tan. Representing Jackie Chan DC Racing X Jota, Jeffri and his teammates will be driving in the the ORECA 07 Gibson powered cars. Compared to its predecessor the Oreca O5, the latest ORECA O7 has 620 horsepower (120 more horsepower than the 05) and 20 percent more downforce.
The WEC sees many varied, high level entries with some notable F1 and ex-F1 drivers like Fernando Alonso, Pastor Maldonado, and Sébastien Buemialso taking part in the Super season. The 2018/19 WEC Super Season will stretch over 14 months, kicking off on 5 May with the opening race of 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and ending in June 2019 with the pinnacle event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is also the first and only season that will feature two editions of the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and the 24 Hours Le Mans.
On a side note, yesterday, Jeffri Nabil was appointed as the first AMG Brand Ambassador in Malaysia in conjunction with the launch of the locally-produced, newly-introduced Mercedes-AMG C 43 and GLC 43.
Jeffri is a Malaysian FIA Formula 2 Racing Driver and the youngest ever test driver in Formula One history. Born on 24 October 1993, he began his career in karting; winning the Asian Kart Open Championship in 2004 at the age of 10 and the Malaysian Rotax Max Junior titles in 2009.
Now at 25, Nabil already has a long list of achievements under his belt, earning him the National Youth Icon awarded by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in 2010. He was also dubbed “First Malaysian in History to be in Selection Event of the elite FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy”, making him a gleaming national pride. Nabil has had his eyes set on an F1 career ever since carrying out the aerodynamic test for the Lotus Racing Formula One team in 2010 at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.
In the same year, he stepped up to Formula BMW Pacific, racing for Eurasia Motorsport. Nabil was then selected to be in the PETRONAS Talent Development Program in 2013 and competed in the ATS FORMEL 3 CUP under Team Eurointernational. In 2016, he raced with UK-based Arden International on his debut season in F2 Ƃ then known as GP2 Ƃ before moving to Italian outfit Trident Racing in 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship. Other notable highlights throughout Nabil’s career include finishing 6th in Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals Ƃ the world’s biggest and most prestigious kart racing series Ƃ held in Egypt, in year 2009. In 2012, he was the 2nd Overall Champion in JK Racing Asia Series. In 2014, Nabil was crowned the 2nd Overall Champion in ATS German Formula 3 Championship with an unprecedented 2 wins and 16 podium finishes.