Jefferies Impresses in First F1 Test
Posted on: December 9, 2015
Racing driver Axcil Jefferies made history this week by becoming the first Zimbabwean to test modern day Formula 1 machinery.
The last African to do so was Jody Scheckter, a South African in 1971. Axcil was invited by an F1 team to test two different F1 Machines. He drove a Jaguar V8 F1 car and Arrows V10 F1 car.
The test was held at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi in UAE where The young Zimbabwean at 21 years old is employed as a senior Race Instructor. Axcil is the most qualified race instructor in the middle east as he is the only person to have driven F1 Machines and competed in GP2 which is the current final step to F1.
The team were delighted with Axcils performance driving and adapting to two different machines in one day and Axcil impressed with his speed straight away.The engineers running the vehicles commented "We are not surprised by the proffesonalism and speed of Axcil as he was highly recommended before we contacted him. A big benefit was also the fact that Axcil is familiar with Yas Marina Circuit which is always a benefit.
"Contacted by fone Axcil was clearly over the moon and excited: " It has been a life long dream of both myself and my family and I'm sure thousands of our fans to experience driving F1. It was an absolutely amazing experience, the power and handling was mind blowing. I adapted straight away and was comfortable at the get go!! The team were fantastic and made me feel relaxed which is important to be fast. " My father and manager has been working flat out for the past 16 years to make this happen and I am ever greatful to him. ""We are determined to continue making history and putting Africa on the map...as the saying goes..Africa Rising!!!"
Axcils management continue to pursue all avenues to see Axcil racing and believe his break is just around the corner.