KUALA LUMPUR: With their fate for the 2019-2020 season yet to be decided, World Endurance Championship (WEC) driver Nabil Jeffri and teammates Jazeman Jaafar and Weiron Tan will be looking to secure their future by performing well at the Six Hours of Fuji this weekend.
The trio, who are part of Sepang International Circuit's (SIC) driver development programme, finished second in the LMP2 class at the previous round in Silverstone (August), and Nabil is optimistic they can go a step further in Japan.
"I feel that our team is quite strong, Jazeman, Weiron and I know each other very well now and we also know our rivals," said the 24-year-old.
"We stand a good chance of ascending to the podium in Fuji but if possible we want more, we want to win it outright and also triumph in the championship.
"We must stay calm and also need some luck on our side. We did well at Spa Francorchamps, had good pace at Le Mans and could have won Silverstone, where we led the race, if not for the unfortunate puncture."
After three rounds the trio, who drive for Jackie Chan DC Racing X Jota, are currently third in the overall standings with 61 points.
Signatech Alpine Matmut's Nicolas Lapierre, Pierre Thiriet and Andre Negrao lead the standings with 72 points while DC Racing stablemates Ho Pin Tung, Gabriel Auby and Stephane Richelmi are second on 68 points.
SIC recently confirmed that the trio's future will depend on whether they have the budget to continue for another season in 2019-2020.
And with the government looking to cut down on expenditure, a lot of question marks have surfaced regarding their future.
Nabil believes winning the championship will help cement their participation in WEC.
"Winning the overall championship is the goal, I do not believe the current leaders (Signatech) are unbeatable. It is possible," added Nabil.
"I am aware that there is no confirmation yet for us for next season (2019-2020).
"If we do not win it, then it will be hard to justify carrying on for another season. Even if we finish second, people can still make the excuse of not continuing with this.
"If we win it then it will make SIC's job much easier to secure funding."
Nabil, who had previously competed in Formula 2, added that he has put his dreams of competing in Formula 1 on the backburner due to the high costs involved which can exceed RM100 million per season.
The cost to compete in WEC is substantially less with the cost for a complete new LMP2 car being capped at €483,000 (RM2.3 Million). How much SIC forked out to secure the trio's seat with DC Racing this season however remains unknown.