HARARE – Zimbabwe's motor racing starlet Axcil Jefferies and team mate Rik Breukers were seconds away from clinching the Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final crown on Sunday after an intriguing year they hope will be a platform for better things to come.
In the end, Trent Hindman and Riccardo Agostini sealed the World Final crown with fifth place in the second Pro and Pro-Am race at Imola.
Jefferies and Breukers needed to win the second race but unfortunately only managed a second place finish.
“Going into the final two European rounds this past weekend, it was all to fight for between four teams with GDL RACING duo of Jefferies and Breukers lying third only two points behind Imperiale Motorsport pair of Vito Postiglione and Jonathan Ceccotto, and seven points behind championship leaders Antonelli Motorsport drivers Mikail Grenier and Loris Spinelli. Japanese driver Nemoto and his Brazilian team mate Abatta were also in the running two points adrift of Jefferies,” Jefferies team said in a statement.
“Throughout the cold and wet practice sessions on Wednesday, (Axcil) Jefferies dominated proceedings finishing over a second faster than his peers and putting him in a good frame of mind for the grand finals.
“Qualifying kicked off on Thursday in dry and sunny conditions with drivers all setting very fast and close times, with only 0.4 seconds between the top 10 cars.
The GDL drivers started race one from Row four and Race two on the front row.
“Strong aggressive racing saw Jefferies and Rik finish the final two European races in fourth and second which placed them in a very respectable second overall in The European Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship at their first attempt. The European season saw Axcil and Rik finishing with a total nine podiums including two wins.”
Jefferies said: “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’s best drivers 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.”
As the year closes in, Jefferies plans on competing in the Gulf 12hrs at his work base of Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi where he works as a senior race instructor.
His management team is still in negotiations for Jefferies to race in a GT3 car and also hinted on a big surprise announcement coming up.