Lotus Racing announced today that they will be allowing 16 year old Malaysian karting prodigy Nabil Jeffri the chance to drive one of the Lotus Racing Formula 1 cars at an undisclosed location in the UK.

Nabil Jeffri who competes in the Formula BMW Pacific with Eurasia Motorsport is currently fifth in the championship and will be taking part in an aero test session. This has been all thanks to the AirAsia ASEAN Driver Development Program which was formed to improve the growth of motor sports in the region. Open to youths in the ASEAN region, it gives them a platform to reach their goals of becoming a professional race car driver.

As well having access to expert mentors such as Alex Yoong, the young drivers also receive Air Asia’s support for publicity and sponsorship. This being one of the key aspects and hurdles facing up and coming drivers in a money-hungry sport that is motor racing.

As you would imagine Nabil (@nabiljeffri) is quite pleased with the opportunity saying, “Driving the Lotus Racing car will definitely be a priceless exposure to the F1 driving experience, and I’m looking forward to many more similar opportunities to arise as a result of being part of the AirAsia Driver Development program.”

Team principal Tony Fernandes commented on the matter stating “being able to give bright young talent like Nabil the chance to play an integral role in the development of our team is a recognition of his burgeoning talent, and shows that there is a clear route to the top rung of the motor sport ladder, no matter how old you are or where you are racing.”