29 Jan 2012

PODIUM FINISH FOR JAZEMAN AT INAUGURAL GULF 12 HOURS IN ABU DHABI

Jazeman raced at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit last weekend, taking part in the inaugural Gulf 12 Hours sportscar endurance race. Jazeman celebrated a second place podium finish in GT4 class after enduring one of the most challenging weekends of his racing career. Sharing the driving duties with fellow Malaysian, Hiqmar Danial, the duo piloted a Lotus 2-Eleven with the FX Primus Aylezo Racing Team, enduring a tough race to complete the distance.

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Jazeman says of the experience, “I knew it would be a long weekend, but I don’t think I fully appreciated just how tough it would be. When you do a race like this it’s not just 12 hours, it is the build up too, so from the first session on Thursday right through to the chequered flag we were totally immersed in making sure the car was able to go the distance.
“With long-distance races like this it is an achievement just to finish, so all credit must go to the FX Primus Aylezo crew for the hard work, long days and nights that it took to make sure we reached the end. With only two of us sharing the driving, we had to keep focused and make sure we had the energy and stamina for the duration and as the youngest two drivers in the race, I think we showed everyone that we had the determination and racing ability to race hard and achieve the most we could from the race. “
The event wasn’t without its dramas for the team, with a series of reliability issues limiting the amount of practice and qualifying laps that Danial and Jazeman could complete. During the race the team were forced to make a number of pitstops to sort small technical problems which threatened to stop them running, with an engine misfire causing a lengthy pitstop nearly halfway into the race.

There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere of the Gulf 12 Hours,” concludes Jazeman. “It’s the longest  race I’ve done and one of the most challenging races for me, but it is definitely something I’d like to do again. For now, I’ll focus on the ‘sprint’ races of single-seater racing, but I hope that one day I’ll get another chance to drive a 12 hour, or even 24 hour race. It’s been a privilege to be part of the first-ever Gulf 12 Hours and also driving in the prestigious Yas Marina circuit. I love the event, with the enthusiasm of the spectators, the camaraderie of the pitlane and the ‘family’ of the team, which made it a very special event. My thanks go to Zen Low for arranging for me to drive and to everyone at FX Primus Aylezo Racing Team for their hard work and support.”
Jazeman now returns to the UK to continue his preparations for a new season of racing in Europe.

 

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