Bittersweet Weekend for Jefferies in Nurburgring
Posted on: September 18, 2017
Nurburgring, September 18, 2017.
After the success in Belgium just over a month ago, the GDL racing duo of Rik Breukers and Axcil Jefferies went into the penultimate round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship confident and with high hopes!
However the duo knew they were up to for a challenging weekend when a mechanical failure forced them out of qualifying after just one lap. Fortunately the one lap was good enough for 5th in race 1 and 7th in race 2.
Breukers started race one, had a very consistent stint and when pitted handed the car over to Jefferies in 4th. From the on Axcil put on a charge to catch the leaders and attempt to get onto the podium. On the very last lap and last corner Axcil managed to catch VSR driver Raphael Abbate. In attempt to pass Abbate on the last corner, slight contact was made between the two which lead to Abbate spinning. Jefferies crossed the line in 3rd, but was later handed a 10 second penalty for the collision.
After reviewing the footage later it was clear that the contact was a racing incident leaving Jefferies unimpressed with the decision from the officials.
Race 2 promised to be an exciting race as it was the first time of 2017 that the drivers were welcomed with a wet racing track. From 7th on the grid, Jefferies felt very confident before the start of the race, as throughout his career he has been known to be a “Rain Master”.
True enough Axcil lived up to expectations, and drove a commanding race from 7th all the way to 1st before coming in for the mandatory pitstop and driver change. The GDL car looked certain to take yet another victory but unfortunately on Breukers outlap a small mistake sent him off and into the gravel. Rik managed to recover back to 3rd but unfortunately could do nothing to catch eventual winners Loris Spinelli and Mikael Greiner.
The results of Nurburgring mean 4 cars go into the final round in Imola with the chance of becoming overall champions.
Jefferies will continue to prepare to make sure they can finish the job i Imola!