(SUKAN) NABIL JEFFRI READY FOR AZERBAIJAN DEBUT

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SEPANG, 16 June 2016 – Malaysia’s GP2 driver Nabil Jeffri will go into the history books as the country’s first ever racer to compete at the new and specially constructed Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan’s capital. This weekend’s Grand Prix of Europe taking place on 17 to 19 June 2016 will see Formula 1 and GP2 cars race around the picturesque streets of downtown Baku for the first time.

Competing in the main support race for maiden Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe, Nabil and his fellow GP2 series competitors will all start fresh with no previous experience racing on the 6.006km track, putting the Malaysian driver on par against the other drivers in terms of track knowledge.

“It will be the first time for all of us and that makes the races this weekend very exciting. Looking at the track layout and learning from the simulators, it is a very challenging track that nevertheless offers a lot of spots for overtaking. Based on the tests undertaken by some of the F1 drivers, we know that it is the fastest circuit on the calendar, offering a maximum speed of 331km per hour. I am really looking forward to my first race in Azerbaijan,” said Nabil, who competes under the banner of Arden International.

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“Realistically though, the mission here is to perform to the best of my potential – improving on my race performance in Monaco. The aim is to qualify with better results and then focus on the two races this weekend. The team has been very supportive and helpful. They are doing all they can to help me out. Hopefully, we can all achieve further improvement here in Azerbaijan,” he added.

Free practice and qualifying sessions at the Baku City Circuit will be held on Friday, 17 June while the 29-lap Race 1 is scheduled for Saturday, 18 June and Race 2 – the shorter battle at 20 laps, will be held on Sunday, 19 June.

Placing 19th in free practice in Monaco, Nabil was 11th on the timesheet in the second group during qualifying, which was divided into 2 groups. After a frustrating DNF in Race 1, Nabil performed better in Race 2 to finish in 17th place.

Watch Nabil in action in Baku on Fox Sports 3 (Channel 818 on Astro). Delayed broadcast of Race 1 will be aired at 2.02pm on Sunday, 19 June 2016 and Race 2 at 2.02pm on Monday, 20 June 2016.

Other than Nabil in GP2, another Malaysian to follow is Akash Neil Nandy, who is racing for Jenzer Motorsports in the GP3 series this year. Both Akash and Nabil will be in action next at the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg from 1 to 3 July 2016.

Catch both of them live in action in Sepang this year! Grab tickets for the seat of your choice 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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