National Class Champion, Jake Parsons, closed out his winning season in typically strong style as the Japanese F3 drew to a close at Fuji International Speedway this weekend. The talented young Australian, driving the Noda Racing Academy car, again showed his impressive race craft, taking the fight to the higher specification Championship Class cars.
“It’s hard to believe the season is over already, it has gone by so fast! We had another good weekend to finish off the year though. I’m especially pleased with the positive input I was able to put into the set-up, as I’ve been learning a lot about the engineering of the car. In race one I came through the field to run in the top ten overall battling hard with the C-Class cars again. Unfortunately, we had a fuel issue that meant I had to pit so we didn’t get the finish we deserved but we were still very happy with our performance. In the final race I was able to show again the consistency that has been a key factor during our season,” explained the 23-year-old.
Tokyo based Parsons took the lead on engineering the #10 car set-up this weekend and was especially proud of the strong pace they showed in the dry conditions.
“This weekend has given me a lot of extra confidence for my next races. Going into the future I know I can rely on myself to be a valuable part of the data and feedback, directing and even leading the set-up now, which is a great skill to have moving forward in my career.”
Parsons has loved racing the formula cars on the Japanese circuits this season, with the iconic and scenic 16 turn, 4.563km/2.835mi Fuji track being no exception.
“I always love the layout here at Fuji, as it’s a challenging circuit but rewarding too. I’m thrilled I was able to be so competitive here in the dry. During the opening laps of the first race I was right up with the pack, battling with them, which was a lot of fun.”
Parsons has been overwhelmed by the incredible support of the Japanese fans this year and would like to show his appreciation to them, the NRA team and everyone who has helped him on his journey this season.
“I’d really like to thank all the fans that came out to support me through the year, you’ve been amazing. It was pretty special to see people waving homemade JP flags today! Thank you all for being part of JP crew, I look forward to bringing you more great results in the future. I also want to give a huge thank you to the Noda Racing Team for growing with me through the season. I think we worked really well together, and it’s been a lot of fun too. Big thanks to the Smart Mind Institute too and the great team I have around me, making it easier for me to do what I do best out on the track.”
On leaving Fuji and reflecting back on his debut F3 season, which has been a big learning curve, Parsons was very positive and excited about what lies ahead now.
“I’ve learned so much from this season. It’s been a really good year of personal progress and I’m just really excited now for the next chapter here in Japan. I’m taking away a lot of new skill sets in my driving and technical knowledge, along with a general confidence in both areas too. That will all help me going forward into 2019 and beyond.”