Jefferies is one step closer to his dream, Formula One, and he has made a great impression in Formula Two where he landed straight from Formula BMW.
The 17-year-old weathered two years out of action after failing to secure sponsorship. Since then he has shown great promise by skipping Formula Three to qualify as the youngest driver in F2 this season.
“It is a dream come true, I have been working hard and focusing on getting back into a race car for the last two years. So to be given the chance would mean so much to me and I am sure to the people following my career.
“I absolutely loved driving such a powerful and fast machine. I not only surprised myself but everyone at the test with my performance. I had been doing some simulation driving before the test, so I think that helped,” said Jefferies.
His performance surprised many with F2 championship co-ordinator James Gornell telling IndependentSport he was “extremely impressed” with Axcil during his first test in the Formula Two car at the Silverstone circuit last month.
“The Formula Two car demands a lot from a driver, as you would expect from a formula just beneath F1, so having not driven anything competitively for some time due to unfortunate budget problems you could have forgiven Axcil for taking some time to get used to it.
“He had other ideas though and was immediately fast. In fact he was amongst the top few drivers for much of the afternoons’ practice sessions,” he explained.
“Axcil is up against some very experienced drivers who will stop at nothing to beat him, but he has started on a great path towards finishing at the top of the F2 championship and reaping the rewards that come with that. He now needs to build on the good performances we have seen already by repeating his form at the first race weekend. Something that I am sure he will do very well.”
Jefferies, who is affectionately known as The Axe, told said he is up for the challenge.
“I have only driven the car once; the main challenge is that I will be up against very experienced drivers much older than me. But bring it on, I love the challenge,” he said.
But sponsorship potholes remain in Jefferies’ track ahead of the eight-circuit season this year. Axcil’s manager and father, Suhail Jefferies, believes with the help of the corporate world the teenage driver will see Zimbabwe’s name on the international map.
“We welcome support and sponsorship to make this dream happen. I am sure the corporate world in Zimbabwe will see the value of a Zimbabwean competing one step below the pinnacle of motorsport, F1,” said Suhail.
F2 2012 Calendar:
13/14/15 April Silverstone, UK
27/28/29 April Algarve, Portugal
25/26/27 May Nürburgring, Germany
22/23/24 June Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
13/14/15 July Brands Hatch, UK
20/21/22 July Paul Ricard, France
7/8/9 September Hungaroring, Hungary
28/29/30 September Monza, Italy –– Staff Writer.