Young Australian Jake Parsons had a perfect debut in the FRD LMP3 China Endurance Series, with an impressive win at Zhuhai International Circuit this weekend. The 23-year-old partnered experienced British driver James Winslow to the top step of the podium in the #95 Craft-Bamboo Racing car, during a weather shortened third round of China’s premier prototype series.
“Definitely a great weekend! It was my first time driving with both Craft-Bamboo Racing and alongside James [Winslow]. We started off in a pretty good spot, getting up to speed quickly in the two practice sessions on Friday and refining things going into qualifying. I didn’t quite hook together my perfect lap, but I could feel that the speed was there, and we were shaping up for a really good race. James had an excellent qualifying, so we started off P2, getting a great start and from there we were able to control the race. We had a pretty good gap when I took over the car, so I was able to just focus on my own race and increase the margin by the end to around 9 or 10 seconds. So, we really dominated,” explained Parsons afterwards.
The Tokyo based driver, who is currently racing in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship, took the second stint in the Craft-Bamboo Racing Ligier JS, driving a faultless race to continue his record of finishing on the podium in every race this season.
“The speed and consistency I showed was exactly what I was hoping for, and over the last few laps we were the fastest on the circuit. We were actually one of the last to pit, due to our speed, so didn’t need any alternate strategies or anything. We had a pretty much 50/50 split in the driving and I was really happy with how I handled the car. I had such a great time out there, and taking the chequered flag was an amazing feeling!
Parsons was especially pleased that he could show how much his intense preparation, training and mental strength helps him transition smoothly to different cars and is keen to keep challenging himself with more P3 drives in future.
“The P3 car was different from the formula cars I’m driving this season; the style was a little more like the GT cars I raced last year. I guess, they’re kind of somewhere between the two. I had to maximise the braking zones and exits like in the GT car, and there’s also a lot of power steering, but I dialled in to those really quickly. I’d definitely like to do more P3 racing as it’s a great, fun series and the car was awesome to drive.”
Speaking about racing alongside 35-year-old British driver James Winslow, who is the defending FRD LMP3 champion and has a long list of achievements, Parsons had only praise and respect.
“It was great to race with James, he brought so much experience, as he’s done so much time in the P3 cars. He gave me a lot of insight, so I could get a heads up on what to expect and really maximise our partnership. His experience showed over the weekend, as he drove great, and our synergy was excellent, bringing our performances together to create the perfect result.”
The young Australian was equally delighted by his first time racing with the globally successful Craft-Bamboo Racing team too. “I had a brilliant time working with Craft-Bamboo Racing. They’re such a professional team, being so well managed. Everyone involved is incredibly knowledgeable and the engineer was fantastic. I actually had the mechanic I raced with in Formula Masters back in 2015, where we had a lot of success. So, it was pretty cool to work together again, and continue that success! I’d really love to work with the team again in the future, so fingers crossed for more opportunities ahead.”