(SUKAN) NABIL JEFFRI CAUTIOUS ON HISTORICAL DEBUT IN GP2

Nabil Jeffri, Arden, GP2 Test Barcelona 2016-1922

SEPANG, 10 May 2016 – Although making history as Malaysia’s first GP2 driver to have the opportunity to race in front of a home crowd at the Sepang Circuit this year, Nabil Jeffri will be taking a cautious approach this weekend, when the Arden International racer makes his debut in Barcelona at the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix™.

Nabil Jeffri, Arden, GP2 Test Barcelona 2016-0488

“I feel very honoured and excited to be competing in the GP2 series. It is a prestigious and very competitive championship with the best young talents from all over the world who share the same dream of competing in Formula 1 one day. I will definitely be giving my best in the opening round to get the best results possible. However, I will be competing against drivers with more experience in the series, including those graduating from the GP3 series, so it will be challenging. Nevertheless, although I will be a rookie, this does not mean that I am intimidated by the competition,” shared Nabil.

“Having said that, I admit I am still in the process of familiarising myself with the behaviour of the car and will take a cautious approach in the opening round. The target for me will be to finish the race and complete both Race 1 and Race 2 without any problems,” said Nabil, who was recruited after a successful testing programme in Barcelona and Jerez in March. “I have followed a specific fitness and nutrition programme created for me by AW Performance UK for the last two months, and now I’m ready physically and mentally for this weekend’s races,” he added.

Nabil Jeffri

Nabil, who is supported by Sepang International Circuit (SIC) under its Talent Development Programme, revealed that in preparation for the opening races in Barcelona, he has been using racing simulators for practice to further enhance his mastery of the circuit. “It will not be the same thing as the real competition, but it offers good exposure to the features of the Barcelona circuit,” said the 22-year-old Nabil, who will be partnering Swedish racer Jimmy Eriksson in Team Arden International. Eriksson moves to the GP2 series after three successful seasons in the GP3 series.

Nabil, who is the youngest ever test driver in Formula One history after he carried out an aerodynamic test for the Lotus Racing Formula One team on September 1, 2010, moves to the GP2 series from German and European F3, where he spent the last few years honing his skills and experience on the European tracks.

Watch Nabil in action in Barcelona this weekend on Fox Sports 3 (Channel 818 on Astro) in delayed telecasts: Race 1 at 5.32pm on Sunday, 15 May 2016, and Race 2 at 8.02pm on Monday, 16 May 2016.

Catch Nabil Jeffri live in action in Sepang this year! Early Bird discounts are available until 31 May at www.sepangcircuit.com

2016 GP2 SERIES CALENDAR

Round 1               Circuit de Barcelona, Spain                                                           13-15 May

Round 2               Circuit de Monaco, Monaco                                                        26-28 May

Round 3               Baku City Circuit, Azerbaijan                                                        17-19 June

Round 4               Red Bull Ring, Austria                                                                     1-3 July

Round 5               Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain                                                                8-10 July

Round 6               Hungaroring, Hungary                                                                    22-24 July

Round 7               Hockenheimring, Germany                                                         29-31 July

Round 8               Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium                                 26-28 August

Round 9               Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy                                         2-4 September

Round 10             Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia                                  30 September-2 October

Round 11             Yas Marina Circuit, United Arab Emirates                               25-27 November

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