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Malaysia done, now over to Europe

india Updated: May 28, 2012 01:11 IST
Indraneel Das
Indraneel Das
Hindustan Times
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With the Malaysian round of the JK Racing Asia Series over, top drivers are eying a good show in Europe when the cars will be rolled out on the circuits in France and Belgium (Spa). The competition will be intense with a tougher field and better cars.

“It will be competitive,” explained Aston Hare of Eurointernational after winning the Malaysian leg with 67 points. “It will be a great experience racing in Europe.” He also won the last round of the JK Racing Series rounds here on Sunday. His teammate Nabil Jeffri from Malaysia, who finished atop the podium in the morning ahead of Hare, pushed himself from a sixth-spot start on the grid to 2nd finish, managed to secure 62 points for the second spot on the championship table.

“That’s the reason why we will be taking the race to France and Belgium,” said Sanjay Sharma, head of JK Tyre's motorsports division. “Jeffri is one of the best in Asia, but in Europe even he will face a tough competition. For the drivers, it’s there where they can get noticed by big teams.” The France leg will be from June 30-July 1, while the one in Belgium will be from July 27-28.

“I had a decent race,” said Jeffri with a smile. “I could have done better but for the crash. But this is just the start of a long season.”


India’s Raj Bharath, who raced for Atlantic Racing Team, showed glimpses of his potential in the third race of the Series in the morning when he finished eighth after starting 11th on the grid.

Though he was 27.250 seconds adrift of the champion, yet be believed he had done well in a car not as good as the champions.

“I am getting used to the new car,” said Bharath. Vishnu Prasad too had a better outing on Sunday finishing tenth in the last race after starting last.

The writer’s trip has been sponsored by JK Tyre