After a six week break in the calendar, Australian star Jake Parsons is excited to get back behind the wheel this weekend, as the Japanese Formula 3 Championship returns at Fuji Speedway. With two class wins so far this season, the 23-year-old is thoroughly enjoying running in the prestigious and competitive series, having always had it on his career trajectory.
“It’s an awesome thing to be involved in, as I love being part of the racing industry here in Japan. From the impact of the manufacturers to the support of the fans, there’s something very real about it. I’ve had fans follow me from SuperGT into Formula 3 which is a great feeling. So far, the season has been going exactly how we wanted. The deal came together quite late, but from the first round we’ve being building and improving, to the point we were setting lap records at Sugo! Now we want to keep developing and improving on that each time out,” explained the young Aussie racer.
Parsons, who one the 2014 AsiaCup, is hoping to use clever strategy to help him contend amongst the Championship class on the high-speed Fuji track. “The high corners speeds here will make it harder, but we aim to maximise the slipstream to lessen the deficit to the higher spec cars. My main focus is to transition to the circuit over the first few days, as I’ve never raced here in formula cars, then it will be business as usual, pushing the boundaries of myself and the car.”
Now based in Tokyo, Parsons has taken advantage of the long gap between races to target his preparation for round three of the series, both physically and mentally. With his impressive mental strength becoming a real asset to his overall driving.
“I’ve continued to train really hard, concentrating a lot of building strength in my neck and shoulders for the high-speed corners. Sugo was quite a physical track, and I wanted to build from there ready for the challenges Fuji will present. Mentally I’ve been continuing to work with Smart Mind Institute on how I transition from SuperGT into Formula 3 and tackle battling with the Championship cars. It can be hard to judge my performance against them, so it’s important I keep track of my own progress and focus on that.”
Heading to the scenic 16 turn, 4.563km/2.835mi Fuji Speedway circuit, in the foothills of the imposing Mount Fuji, Parsons is looking forward to experiencing how different certain areas are in the formula cars.
“I love racing at Fuji, though I there aren’t really any tracks here that I don’t enjoy! Fuji is definitely up in the top though. I think 100R, the long sweeping right hand turn four, will be quite different, as it definitely wasn’t flat in a GT car, but it will be very close to being so in the formula car. With the downforce and lower weight of the cars, the corners speeds will be much higher too. That will be one the critical features in my transition, allowing myself to maximise the downforce, keeping the flow and momentum, with less need to slow for the corners now.”
The young Australian went on to thank his NODA racing team for their efforts in developing the car together, heading into round three this weekend. “The team have been really diligent, working on things since Sugo to give us the best opportunities to get the outcome we need. I have a lot of trust in the people around me and I’m looking forward to continuing to deliver good results. Huge thanks also to the Formula 3 association for their support and the sponsors for making this great, productive and enjoyable year possible.”
Round three of the Japanese Formula 3 Championship takes place at Fuji Speedway on 7-8 July.