It will be the clash of three junior racing superstars this weekend when Championship leader, Nabil Jeffri, faces an all-out battle against Rookie South African sensation Aston Hare and fellow Malaysian late charger, Afiq Ikhwan for the 2012 JK Racing Asia Series Championship title.
Jeffri, Hare and Ikhwan have all had great successes and disappointing outings this season. The trio are also the only ones to have claimed pole positions and wins throughout the twelve rounds so far, showing their dominating presence.
Jeffri is going to great lengths to claim the 2012 title. After the last two rounds in India, the 19-year old took a short break going for a family holiday and was back into his strict training regime of workouts to maintain his fitness for the upcoming weekend.
"For me, all I am looking forward to is winning the Championship. I am just going to focus on trying to win the first two races, which will then seal the Championship for me" said Jeffri. This does not mean that he will relax should he win the first two races, as the determined Malaysian Youth Ambassador always strives for the best result.
Fellow Malaysian Afiq Ikhwan, will have no chance to fight for the overall crown but will be ready to challenge Nabil and Hare all the way.
"About this weekend, I'm looking forward to the four races. The battle is still on. The team and I won't easily give up. I will give it 110% this weekend and we are fully prepared.
"As for the title hopes, for sure I still want to be on top, but it's racing and anything can happen. I just need to do a perfect job to win all the remaining races. The pressure is still on and I'm going to do my best to make everything perfect and to run as planned. I'm very familiar with the track, I won at the last event and I think to win the next one is not the biggest problem, my main focus is to win all the races and do a super perfect job. The rest I leave it up to destiny and luck," ended the Meritus GP driver.
The trio will be fighting for the 82 points up for grabs this weekend and Jeffri is currently leading with 34 points ahead of the rest. Hare is behind him while Ikhwan is 54 points shy of the lead. It will be interesting to see how the weekend will pan out.
Whilst Malaysian motorsport has had plenty to celebrate this year; with Zulfahmi Khairuddin's two podium achievements in Moto3, Jazeman Jaafar's runner-up finish in the British F3 Championships and Karamjit Singh retaining his FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship 2WD title, we hope Nabil Jeffri manage to hold on to the championship lead this weekend and become the second local driver in history after Jazeman Jaafar to claim the single-seater racing series in Asia.
The JK Racing Asia Series will be at the Buddh International Circuit as part of the Sidvin Festival of Speed from Friday, 30 November to Sunday, 2 December 2012.