Wednesday, 15 August 2012 15:24
In another bold move for the Junior racing Series, Motorsport Asia has announced that the JK Racing Asia Series will head to Europe for the third time this 2012 Season. Rounds 9 & 10 of the JK Racing Asia Series are now scheduled to be held on 7-9 September 2012 in conjunction with the British GT and British Formula 3 event on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.
“This move is another great step for the Asian Series in attaining the best possible recognition for the Junior drivers. Not only are they getting the attention of the spectators in Europe, they are also gaining the experience of racing on another of the leading Formula 1 circuits in the world and in front of key people in the Industry” said David Sonenscher, CEO of Motorsport Asia.
“This will be the third European circuit that we have taken these Asian Series drivers to and it is a wonderful experience for everyone. We have just returned from being a part of two great SRO organised events and we will now head to the UK for a third” he ended.
The JK Racing Asia Series started their European Tour during Rounds 5 & 6 in Paul Ricard, France as part of the Blancpain Race Weekend, where Nabil Jeffri and Afiq Ikhwan both captured a win each. It was Ikhwan’s first win of the Season and he has been pushing for a repeat performance, something he is sure to look for at the British Circuit.
The Series then headed to Spa Francorchamps, Belgium three weeks later to be a part of the amazing Blancpain Endurance Series - Total 24 Hours of Spa. It was an experience like no other when the drivers were all finally able to drive the great Eau Rouge and it was especially so for Eurointernational when their drivers claimed all podium positions for both races that weekend.
The 5.9km Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit runs clockwise with 18 turns and it has been modified several times throughout the years, mainly due to safety reasons and the circuit is now equipped with five configurations including the main 5.9km Grand Prix (Arena) layout that will be used for the coming event. The drivers will get to experience such iconic conrners such as Becketts and Stowe.
The circuit has a long history of some of the most exciting racing, with Formula 1 having been held there every year since 1987. The circuit has also hosted almost every major race events from FIA Formula 1 to FIM Moto GP to FIA GT1 World Championship to the Le Mans Series.
Silverstone will be one of the circuits that almost all the drivers are familiar with, despite not being there before, having been played on simulators countless times, it is a definite favourite among the junior drivers.
Following Silverstone the Series will head back to Asia for the two remaining Events which will be held at the Buddh International Circuit in India.