Zaamin Jaffer produced his strongest performances of the season during the Delhi Championship with MRF in his homeland India, the Mumbai-born racer putting on a fantastic show on the support bill of the inaugural Airtel Indian Grand Prix.
The 21 year old, competing in his first year of 'slicks and wings' racing, returned to his homeland and immediately got to grips with the Ford-engined Van Diemen MRF single-seater. Despite being struck down with illness, Jaffer was able to qualify ninth for both races.
Racing around the Buddh International Circuit, Zaamin battled through to a strong sixth place finish in the opener, before a great second race saw him get into sixth early on, before forcing his way into a fifth place finish at the final corner on the last lap.
Protyre Formula Renault BARC regular Jaffer commented: “It's been an amazing weekend. The whole event has been fantastic, it's been such a privilege to be part of the first ever Grand Prix weekend in India and to be the top Indian driver in the MRF Formula races is really special and a great result – especially when you factor in I was ill most of the weekend!
“Practice and qualifying didn't go as we wanted for that reason, so we were left with a lot of hard work in the races but I had good pace and knew we'd be able to fight through. The highlight for me was pulling off a move at the last corner of the last lap in race two, that sealed a great weekend. I'm sure we could have challenged for the podium if we'd qualified in the top six but sixth and fifth place from ninth on the grid in both races is a good return.
“I'd like to congratulate everyone involved in creating the Buddh International Circuit as it's a fantastic track to drive and a great facility. This weekend has been so important for our sport in India, I'm really happy to have been part of it all.”