The Malaysian trio of Jazeman Jaafar, Weiron Tan and Nabil Jeffri will be etching their names in the history books as the first all-Malaysian line-up to race in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race from June 16-17.
The Jackie Chan DC Racing X Jota trio will be racing in Le Mans for the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). In the first round at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on May 5th, the trio finished a commendable third in their class (LMP2).
“It will be a bit of a challenge, especially for Jazeman and Nabil, as the race will fall exactly during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri period. But having said that, I believe in their professionalism, they will do their best to justify their spot in the race. “It is not an easy journey to be able to compete in this prestigious endurance race but from their performance in Spa-Francorchamps, I believe they will not go there just to make up the numbers,” said Sepang International Circuit Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Razlan Razali during a buka puasa event with patrons from the Pusat Jagaan Kasih Mahligai Zadut Taqwa at the KL convention centre today.
Also present at the event were Jazeman Jaafar, Weiron Tan and Nabil Jeffri who are the products of the SIC Talent Development Programme.
Held annually since 1923, the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race is the oldest endurance car racing in the world. Part of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the event takes place at circuit de la Sarthe with a mix of closed public roadways and dedicated sections of racing track. Drivers and cars must be able to cope with the demands of racing over 24 hours while avoiding any mechanical failure.
SIC also leveraged on the event today to showcase and educated through a film showing the brief history of how the 24 Hours of Le Mans became the most prestigious endurance racing event in the world.
This year’s Iftar session, SIC invited 25 children and guardians from the Pusat Jagaan Mahligai Kasih Zadut Taqwa to be a part of this history. The welfare centre which operates in Shah Alam in the State of Selangor since 2014, houses a total of 64 people including orphans and the disabled.
“Our role is to inspire the younger generation on the full potential that they can be, especially in Malaysian motorsports despite of background, race, age and gender. We hope that the children who are here with us today will go back with a dream to one day be part of Malaysian motorsports. This is also one of the highlights for us every year during Ramadan as we delve into the spirit of giving. It is also a special occasion for our guests as our WEC trio are here with us tonight,” said Dato’ Razlan.