Australian Jake Parsons continued to shine in round two of the Japanese Formula 3 at Sportsland Sugo this weekend, taking away two class wins and a track record. The 23-year-old has shown impressive speed and adaptability on his return to formula cars and is rapidly developing as a strong and clever all-round driver.
“We made some really good progress this weekend, having the whole team together and kicking it up a gear as a collective. We were actually able to break the track record in qualifying, which was another great thing to take away from this event. It was great to show that we have the speed and could put it all together into our qualifying, and to break the record is a good indication of what we can achieve. I had two pretty clean races and was also able to battle with the Championship cars, making strong passes at the start and fighting through the race. So overall it was another really good weekend that I’m proud of,” he explained afterwards.
Parsons, who won the AsiaCup Championship in 2014 and was runner up in the 2015 Formula
Masters China series, is enjoying being back in the formula cars again, developing extra skills to
help him succeed in the top-levels of Japanese motorsport.
“We’ve definitely made a lot of progress from Suzuka, growing, developing and taking things up a step as a team as we spend more time together. That’s really showing in the performance and consistency, from both the car and myself, maybe even more than we expected.”
Although Parsons had driven the 3.737km/2.323mi, 12 turn Sugo circuit before in SuperGT, the
higher corner speeds in the single seater cars presented a different challenge. “It almost feels like your constantly in a corner, which is fun but also pretty tiring. There’s a chicane in the middle of the lap that is really different in the formula car. Where you’d be braking a little beforehand in the GT car, in the F3 it’s full attack, bouncing over the curbs. You feel like much more on the limit and that makes the circuit come alive a bit more.”
Having mixed it up with the Championship cars this weekend the Tokyo based star, who drives the #10 Noda Racing Academy car, is now keen work hard and push forward with that momentum heading into round three.
“We’ve shown that our one lap pace is strong, now we need to work on our race pace. I’m working on my physical and mental strength to push the car to limit for the whole race, and as a team we’re constantly working on refining the set-up. We’ve already made a huge amount of progress on that since Suzuka, so if we continue that we should be able to get past some of the Championship cars and score some overall points.”
Always a big draw with the fans, Parsons would like to thank everyone who came out to support him at Sugo this weekend. “I always appreciate our great fans, so passionate and genuine. I had some fans come over to my pit area wearing the JP merchandise which was really nice to see. Thank you all for your support and I hope to keep bringing the team and JP crew good results and maybe some more records through the year.”
Round three of the Japanese F3 takes place at Fuji International Raceway on 7-8 July.