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SPONSOR-LESS Zimbabwean motor racing driver Axcil Jefferies left for Bahrain yesterday to take part in the first race on the GP2 calendar this coming weekend. As they did in the pre-season testing, Italian team Trident Motorsport will run Jefferies yet again. “This is such a great opportunity for me and my country.

“It’s something I’ve been dreaming and focusing on for the last two years, so for it to finally become a reality is one of the best feelings!

“I obviously have goals heading into the weekend, but ultimately I aim to learn as much as possible and soak up all the new experiences that are involved in the GP2 Series.

“I’m confident we will get something in place for the full season!

“I would like to express my gratitude to Trident Motorsport for all they have done to assist in making this happen,” said Jefferies on his official website yesterday.

The GP2 series will act as a support race to the FIA Formula One World Championship this weekend in Bahrain.

There will be one 45-minute practice session and a 45-minute Qualifying session, followed by the first race on Saturday and the second on Sunday.

Jefferies (19) recently made history when he joined the GP2 Series for the official GP2 pre-season testing in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain. He joined Italian team Trident Motorsport for the two tests.

The GP2 series is the final step before the world popular Formula 1 and is the best place for any young driver with the hopes of graduating to Formula 1, as it follows 11 of the Formula 1 events as a support category and is watched and followed by all the Formula 1 Team bossesowners.

Jefferies was thrown into the deep end in Abu Dhabi, at the Yas Marina circuit on March 11, 12 and 13.

But the African F1 hopeful wasted no time to get acquainted with his new beast and quickly improved and learnt as the days went by.

By the end of the three days, Jefferies was consistently running in the top 15 of the 26-car field.

“Considering Axcil’s lack of experience, and the fact that most of the drivers in GP2 are now in there 3rd, 4th and some even fifth season in the category, I think Axcil can only be proud of what he achieved.

“The GP2 Series is one of the most competitive if not the most competitive motorsport category in the world, so for Axcil to jump in and be in mid-pack straight away is very impressive and should not go unnoticed,” said Team Principal’s Giacomo Ricci.

The final of the Pre-season testing took place a week later at the Bahrain International Circuit on March 19, 20 and 21.

Unfortunately due to budget constraints, Jefferies could not take part in the first two days of the test.

Source : The Herald