AFTER finishing an impressive second in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Finals at the Imola circuit in Italy last weekend, Zimbabwean motor racing driver Axcil Jefferies has set his sights on winning the Gulf 12 Hours endurance race in Abu Dhabi next month.
BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
Jefferies and his Dutch team mate Rik Breukers’ display in Italy capped off a successful season, whose major highlight was winning the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Middle East Championship.
The 23-year-old sensation told The Sports Hub in an interview from his base in the UAE that he has now set his sights on winning the Gulf 12 Hours endurance race scheduled for December 16.
Jefferies said he had a very good chance of winning the prestigious endurance race as it will be held at the Abu Dhabi-based Yas Marina Circuit where he works as a senior race instructor.
“Driving a GT3 car is amazing as it is the pinnacle of GT Racing; the cars are really fast through corners because they have a lot more downforce than the Lamborghini Super Trofeo cars.”
“It would be amazing for me to once again race a GT3 in the Gulf 12hrs but this time at Yas Marina Circuit, because I’m sure I could win there, which would bear well for my CV.”
An elated Jefferies also reflected on his perfomance in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Finals, which featured a total of 67 cars and over 100 drivers from Europe, The American, The Asian and Middle East Championships.
The talented Zimbabwean and his teammate Breukers yet again showed their mettle to finish the final race in second place after one of the hardest fought battles between the top 10 cars in recent motorsport history with positions changing every lap until the final chequered flag.
“After Rik and myself dominated the Middle East Championship, it was only natural that the next step would be to take on the big guns of Europe and I am very proud we were able to compete at the highest level and win races and come so close to clinching the overall title. To finish second overall against drivers that have been in this championship for several years is very satisfying,” he said.
“It would have been the perfect finish to one of my best racing years had we won the world finals but we are still very happy with second place. We can head home with our heads held high as Middle East champions, European vice-champions and world vice champions!! Credit to our team GDL, who worked so hard all year to provide us with a competitive car. Big thanks to Gianluca and all his team,” Jefferies said.
The European season saw Jefferies and Breukers finishing with a total nine podiums, including two race wins.