Zimbabwe shines at European motoracing tourney in Germany
Zimbabwean motor racing star Axcil Jefferies and his Dutch co-driver Rik Breukers claimed a podium finish by coming third in race two of the fifth and penultimate round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe in September.
The Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe international tournament was held on September 17 at Nürburgring motorsports complex in Nürburg, Germany. An elated Axcil Jefferies, who started his racing career in karting, was highly impressed with the overall experience.
“What a race. This my best drive since my karting days. I started the race in wet conditions in position seven (and) drove like a beast to position one. I handed the car to my team mate who unfortunately had a moment and lost two places so final result - third.”
The organisers described the race as “impressive” for Jefferies and Rik Breukers, who found the going tough in race one but came back much stronger in race two.
“Jefferies has one again raised the Zimbabwean flag,” the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) announced back in the country.
Despite Jeffries handing over the car to Breukers while leading the race, his Dutch counterpart faltered to third place.
Jefferies then took to the wheel again to power back up to a podium finish.
Canadian Mikael Grenier and Italian Loris Spinelli took first place in the race as a duo.
The German round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe also awarded its first title of the season.
Jefferies began his career with karting before moving to BMW Europe and later Formula 2, and is among the best drivers to emerge from Zimbabwe. He is currently based in the United Arab Emirates where he is senior race car driver instructor at Yas Marina circuit.
Over the years, Jefferies and teenage biker Tanyaradzwa Muzinda have become forces to be reckoned with on the race track, and have waved Zimbabwe’s flag high while oversees.
The final round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe will be held on November 16 to 17 at Imola in Italy where the Asian and North American series will converge. The fifth edition of the World Final will be held on the same weekend.