After an impressive debut victory in FRD China LMP3, Australian star Jake Parsons is looking forward to continuing his dominant form as the Japanese Formula 3 Championship returns to Sportsland Sugo this weekend. The 23-year-old is keen to put into practice the experience and skills developed during his stint driving in China’s premier prototype series.
“It will be good to get back into the formula car again, especially after such a great time in LMP3. I think I’ll be carrying extra confidence forward, as well as some technical knowledge, from working on the set-up in the P3 car too. Sugo is a good circuit for us too being very technical, which gives us more opportunity to battle among the Championship cars.”
Tokyo based Parsons, goes into round eight of the F3 series having been on the podium in every race he’s contested so far this year, but the #10 Noda Racing Academy driver isn’t feeling any extra pressure to maintain his perfect record.
“It has been a great year, but I wouldn’t say I feel pressure about the success rate. It’s more a feeling of confidence, having it reinforced that what I’m doing is working. So, for me, it’s more about continuing to do what I’m doing and building on that, to grow and develop even further as a driver.”
Round eight will be the Championship’s second race weekend at the challenging 12 turn, 3.737km/2.323mi Sportsland Sugo track, having previously raced here back in May.
“Sugo is a very technical track, and since our last visit I feel that I’ve improved my technical skills a lot, so I should be able to work on the set-up better. That should give me a better chance of running among the C-Class cars too, which is a big goal for this event having scored overall points in Okayama last time out. The circuit’s also quite physical, so my training during the year should also help me maintain my consistency and bring home more strong results.”
As the F3 season enters the final stages, Parsons is determined to continue pushing hard, building the physical and mental strengths and skills needed to take the next steps forward in his career.
“My goal is to keep driving better and push the set-up to new levels, while still being super consistent. I have a lot of internal goals, and I know if I do everything right, the results will follow. The weather is looking pretty mixed this weekend too, so it will be great to get more experience in all track conditions, push as high up the field as possible.”
Round eight of the Japanese F3 Championship takes place at Sugo on 29-30 September.