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Mixed fortunes for Jefferies


Zimbabwean motor racing driver Axcil Jefferies bounced back from a crash on Saturday to register his first points of the season in his second appearance in the 2012 FIA Formula Two championship at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps at the weekend.

The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps which took place in Brussels, Belgium, on Saturday and Sunday saw competitors racing in round seven and eight of the grueling 16-legged championship series.

Jefferies campaign got off to a disastrous start when his car was involved in a crash while sitting in ninth.

The 18-year-old young star returned with an impressive fifth-place finish in the final race on Sunday to register his first points in the championship.

Saturday was not so smooth and I struggled to find a good setup on the car. I managed to qualify in 14th position and made my way to ninth before I was involved in a crash, said Jefferies.

Im glad I managed to end on a good note today (Sunday). I qualified eighth this morning in dry conditions, then it poured down with rain in the afternoon. I worked my way up to fifth and was progressing for a podium, but the race was stopped for safety reasons, so fifth was my result today, he said.

Jefferies said he was happy with the support he received mainly from Zimbabweans based in Belgium during the weekend.

We were honoured to have members of the Zimbabwean embassy attend the whole weekend. They loved it. They brought a crowd with lots of Zimbabwean flags beamed across the world.

Thanks to the Zimbabwe government for their support and all Zimbabweans. And I also would like to thank my sponsors Afri Hype for making it possible, he said.

Spa Francorchamps is probably the most demanding race circuit worldwide, with fast flowing corners and steep gradients, as it is located in the mountains in Belgium.

The Zimbabwean Formula One hopeful said he had now shifted his attention to the rounds nine and 10 of the Championship at Brands Hatch in Kent, England, from July 13-15.

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