Plucky Parsons claims podium on ALMS debut

Plucky Parsons claims podium on ALMS debut

Australian rising star, Jake Parsons, had a strong start to the 2018 season with a podium finish on his Asian Le Mans debut at Sepang this weekend. The talented 23-year-old joined experienced team-mates Marco Asmer and Nabil Jeffri, to steer the #33 Eurasia car to third position on the former Malaysian Grand Prix circuit.

Hard-charging Parsons had to overcome a challenging stint in the Ligier Nissan, with his drinks bottle breaking, leading to severe dehydration in the 55 degrees plus heat. Although he missed the podium celebrations, he is recovering well and thrilled with his first experience of the prestigious endurance series.

“It was a great weekend right from the result to gaining experience. We got pole position and a podium, and also led the race. It’s been very positive for me to drive an LMP2 car, which is a new level of performance, and I’m pleased I got up to speed and refined the technique so quickly. I think that will help for the future, across different series, so I have lots of positives to take away from this weekend,” he explained.

The Tokyo based racer had little time to prepare for his ALMS debut, getting the call very late, but, with now typical, impressive mental tenacity, threw himself into the challenge ahead. “I found out about the drive on Wednesday and literally dropped everything to start preparing for the race. I landed in Malaysia and went straight to the track, so it was a pretty tight turnaround.”

Parsons felt that his experience of formula cars, combined with completing his first season in SuperGT last year, helped him adjust quickly to the new style of cars and driving technique in the ALMS series.

It wasn’t too difficult to adapt to the car, as I had a couple of hours to prepare. The LMP2 car was kind of like a formula car with the weight of a SuperGT car. The weight ratio really reminded me of the physics of balancing a car, and the driving style was very like that of a formula car.”

He also credits the excellent support from the Eurasia team, and his team-mates, for making the transition as smooth as possible this weekend too. “Eurasia was a fantastic team to work with. They created a really positive environment to be in, with a strong group of people organising and running everything. I really enjoyed racing with the team and would love to do so again in the future. I learned so much working with my team-mates, as well as testing myself against such a quality field of drivers.”

Parsons, who won the AsiaCup series in 2014, has a strong record at the challenging 5.54km, 15 turn Sepang track, which he thoroughly enjoys driving and still holds the AsiaCup lap record on. Speaking about his love of the circuit the young racer enthused, “Sepang is probably one of my most driven circuits, so it was just a case of using my track knowledge and adapting to the car and different technique. I particularly love turn 11 here, as it has so much feeling and feedback. It’s really on the edge and oversteery on the exit, so you’ve got to be careful on the brake application, getting the balance of release right. It’s definitely one of my favourite corners in racing.”

Having completed several distance races now, including the Bathurst 12hrs and the Fuji 500km, Parsons says he would consider doing more endurance work in the future. “Endurance racing for me is a unique challenge, it’s like a journey over several hours that requires a distinctive style of driving and mindset. There’s so much that can happen along the way, lots of challenges to overcome. It’s definitely something I’d like to do more of at some point.”

Focusing on the new season ahead though, the Australian is now busy finalising his exciting plans for 2018. “This has been a great start to the year with a pole position and a podium, so I’m looking forward to building on that moving forward into the new season.”

Jake Parsons would like to thank the entire Eurasia team for the opportunity to drive this weekend. “I’d especially like to thank Mark Goddard, Gerard Rooney and Martin Quick. I learned so much from my team-mates Marco and Nabil and it was a fantastic environment to work in. I’d also like to thank James Winslow for the help and advice going into this race and wish him the best recovery following his accident

Parsons on pole for Asian Le Mans debut

Parsons on pole for Asian Le Mans debut

Australian rising star, Jake Parsons will make his debut in the prestigious Asian Le Mans series from pole position tomorrow. The 23-year-old took up a late call to drive the #33 Eurasia LMP2 class car at Sepang for the season finale. He joins team-mates Marko Asmer and Nabil Jeffri in the Ligier Nissan for the four-hour endurance race. 

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be starting the race on pole tomorrow. We have a really strong team and I think we’ve got a great shot for tomorrow’s race,” explained the talented Tokyo-based driver. 

Parsons, who competed in his first season of SuperGT last year, has constantly shown his driving ability and mental strength, adapting quickly to new tracks and cars. He’s now keen to test himself in the competitive endurance series on a track he knows and enjoys immensely, having previously won twice on the grand prix circuit in formula races.

“I’ve made good improvements each session and got up to pace quickly. I’m feeling very comfortable with the driving style of the LMP2 car and really looking forward to the race.”

Eurasia team principal Mark Goddard is thrilled with his team' performance so far, "We are looking forward to the race. Jake, Nabil and Marko have the pace to give us a great result but our setup with Ligier is working well."

Round four of the Asian Le Mans series takes place at Sepang, Malaysia on 4th February. 

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Parsons proves prowess with SuperGT finale fight back

Parsons proves prowess with SuperGT finale fight back

SuperGT rookie, Jake Parsons, once again showed his impressive pace, skill and maturity in the final round of the ultra-competitive Japanese series at Twin Ring Motegi on Sunday. “This was definitely one of our strongest weekends of the year,” explained the young Australian.

“We felt Motegi would be good for us, so it’s really positive that we were able to get that performance from the car. We hoped for a little more from qualifying, but we improved the car during each run and had it in a good place by the start of the race, showing consistent top ten pace right to the flag.”

On his first visit to the 14 turn, 4.8 km/2.983m circuit, Parsons overcame an unfortunate early drive through penalty, that dropped him back to 30th, to deliver a strong, mature drive back through the field. Showing typical tenacity, speed and race craft, the 22-year-old made up nine positions in his 23-lap opening stint of the race, before handing over to his teammate who brought the Taisan SARD Audi R8 home in 14th place.

“The Motegi track has a lot of variety but it doesn’t really allow for much overtaking, which was quite challenging at times. I had to make some big moves to get through the field, which was fun but also a fantastic way to show how much I’ve grown as a driver this year too.”

That development as a driver was on full display with Parsons’ feedback helping the team make an informed decision about tyre strategy. Choosing to change only the rear tyres, the team made up valuable time in the pit stop, greatly aiding the #26 car’s fight back.

Parsons admits that this year has been a big learning curve, adapting to a new style of car, a new series and of course a new country and language, but it’s a challenge that the Melbourne born racer has risen too impressively. “Being able to establish myself in SuperGT was the main goal this season, and I’m proud of how I’ve done. I’ve been able to absorb it all and perform well at each circuit, most of them new to me. It’s been a good year of experience and I think I’ve gained the necessary skills to start next year on a high note, pushing further and being more competitive.”

“I’ve loved being part of the SuperGT series. We always race on such great, interesting circuits, the cars are all excellent quality and the professionalism of the events is awesome. Japan is an amazing place to race too, offering such variety of climates, arriving at tracks to anything from baking heat to deep snow!" 

Parsons has also been overwhelmed by the support he’s received from the extremely knowledgeable and passionate fans this year. “The fan support here has been amazing, and this race especially it was incredible. It’s been great to see that grow throughout the year, actually. Giving away our caps and shirts, it’s lovely to see people’s faces light up when you show them you appreciate their support. Overall, it’s been a very welcoming year and I feel very humbled by that. I look forward to bringing more good results for myself and the fans in the future.”

To continue the close connection with his global fanbase, Parsons has also launched a Japanese version of his English based website, with JP merchandise available across both platforms. Stay posted on the website for all the latest updates on new merchandise ranges for next season.

Going into the off-season, the young Aussie is looking forward to relaxing a little, but the effort never truly stops in motorsport. “The off-season isn’t as intense as the racing of course, but there’s still a lot of work to do too. The physical and mental training/preparation continues, and we’re always working with our partners to build for the future. I’m looking forward to the break, but the momentum for next season starts as soon as this season ends. And we’re all fully focused on making next year another big step forward in my career.”

Jake Parsons would like to thank everyone in the Taisan SARD team for their hard work and persistence this year, with special thanks to both Hideki Noda and Ricky Chiba.

Positive Parsons aims for fitting season finale

Positive Parsons aims for fitting season finale

As SuperGT reaches its climax, with round eight at Twin Ring Motegi this weekend, Australian driver Jake Parsons is keen to end his rookie season in the ultra-competitive Japanese series on a high.

The 22-year-old has shown strong pace, race skills and mental maturity throughout what has been a huge learning curve year, making the move from open-wheel formula cars to GT. “I’ve been really happy with the progress and development I’ve made as a driver this season. Adapting to a new series and a totally different style of car has been a fascinating challenge, one I’ve relished and enjoyed massively. I’ve learned such a lot and I’m incredibly excited to keep moving forward now,” explained the Melbourne born racer.

Although Parsons has only had a half day test at Motegi, he’s particularly looking forward to racing on the 2.98mile (4.8km) 14 turn circuit near Tochigi.

“I think it will be a good track for us and really suit our chassis. As a team we’ve made a lot of progress together too, so I’m feeling confident we have the potential for a strong result to end our season on a positive note.”

The #26 Audi R8 V10 GT300 class racer is thrilled to have friends and family flying over from his native Australia to attend the season finale, alongside several guests from Japan. “It’s always great to have that extra support at races. I really am so thankful to all my friends, family and supporters who have helped and encouraged me throughout my career so far.”

Parsons, and his Taisan SARD team, go into the last race of the SuperGT season on a high, having won the Japanese Electric Vehicle Festival at Tsukuba circuit in a fully battery converted Porsche 916. The young Australian is particularly interested in the electric motorsport industry, so took immense pleasure in the opportunity to compete and be victorious in the event.

Heading towards Motegi this weekend, Parsons is now focused on finishing his opening season in the championship with a good result, and looking forward to taking another big step forward in his career in 2018. “I’m really excited to build on all I’ve learned this year,” added the young Australian.

Round eight of the Autobacs SuperGT series takes place at Twin Ring Motegi on 11-12 November. 

Parsons proves prowess in the wet at Buriram

Parsons proves prowess in the wet at Buriram

Australian driver Jake Parsons once again proved his skills racing in challenging, changing conditions, as SuperGT travelled to Buriram, Thailand for the penultimate round of the season. 

“I’m really happy with how quickly I learned this new circuit and especially with my performance, as we had to deal with a lot of mixed conditions out there. Unfortunately, we had a fuel problem during the race which led to an extra pit-stop, but overall I’m pleased with the positives we’re taking away from Buriram,” explained Parsons. 

The 22-year-old showed strong pace during the dry practice sessions in the #26 Taisan SARD Audi R8 V10. Teammate Shinnosuke Yamada qualified the GT300 class car in 18th position, with Parsons taking the first stint in the race. Sitting on the grid, with 30 minutes before the green light, heavy rain began to fall, leaving teams with the dilemma over tyre choice. 

“We switched to wet tyres, but some left slicks on, which made the start interesting. I made up a lot of places during my short stint in the car, reaching 12th before the pitstop. Our race pace was matching the top ten cars, which is a real positive despite the issues we had that sadly prevented us from battling for points.”

The 4.554 km (2.830 mi) Chang International Circuit, was the last major Asian venue that Parsons had yet to race on, but he quickly dialled into challenging, high-speed track. “It’s good to tick this circuit off; I feel like I have Asia covered now! The circuit suited my style a lot, as it’s very similar to Sepang, which I love driving. It has a technical section in sector two, which is my favourite part, with unique corners and some long straights too. It all really connects together, and if you mess up the start, it’s hard to get back.” 

Parsons particularly enjoyed driving on the glass-smooth, Herman Tilke-designed, 12-turn Chang circuit, finding it a refreshing change from many of the bumpier tracks he’s encountered throughout his global racing career. “The conditions didn’t affect our strategy or tyre degradation, but it was really good having such a smooth track. There were some bumps, but no nasty surprises in the middle of corners! It was a great quality surface to drive on, and I enjoyed it a lot.” 

The 2014 AsiaCup Champion was especially impressed with the huge, warm welcome the SuperGT series received from the fans in Thailand. “It was so cool, as a lot of fans came out in spite of the rain. The atmosphere when we were on the grid was like a soccer match, with people singing and chanting. That was pretty awesome, with so much excitement building. I’d like to thank all the fans that came to support us.”

Heading into the final round of the 2017 season, Parsons feels happy and confident with how his technical knowledge, and ability to give feedback, on the GT car has improved throughout his rookie year in the series. 

“Moving from single-seater racing was a big step, but my technical knowledge of the GT cars has grown massively throughout the year. I’m much more assertive and positive in my driving now, and I’m able to give a lot more positive feedback. We’re still refining things as a team, but our pace is up there with teams battling for points. SuperGT is one of the most professional series I’ve raced in, with former F1 people part of the teams, and it’s really helped me mature as a driver. You have to bring your ‘A’ game every time.”

“Looking forward to next year, I feel like I’ve learned so much and I’m positive that fighting for championships in 2018 is very doable,” added the Melbourne- born racer. 

For now, though, the focus is on a strong finish to the season at Motegi next month, a circuit that Parsons believes will better suit the Audi R8. “It would be great to end the season on a high, and we’re all working hard on making that happen.”

The final round of SuperGT take place at Twin Ring Motegi on November 11-12

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Parsons poised for penultimate Super GT race

Parsons poised for penultimate Super GT race

As SuperGT heads into its closing stages, Australian driver Jake Parsons is keen to finish his rookie season with Team Taisan SARD on a high. The ultra-competitive Japanese series heads to Chang International Circuit, in Buriram, Thailand this weekend for round seven.


The 12-turn, 4.554 km (2.830 mi) track is new to the 22-year-old racer, but he’s eager to experience the unique challenges it holds. “This is the last major Asian circuit that I haven’t been to yet, so I’m really looking forward to it. From what I’ve seen, it’s similar to Sepang in style. The surface looks very smooth, with great run-off areas too, so it will be a very different set of challenges compared to some of the bumpier tracks we’ve driven.”


Although the 2014 AsiaCup champion hasn’t been to Buriram before, he has had some good fortune in being able to run it via a new cutting edge virtual reality simulator, recently launched only minutes from his home in Japan’s capital city.


Parsons had a strong showing in the previous round, at the iconic Suzuka 1000km, comfortably matching the pace of his ex-Formula 1 driver team-mate for the event, Christian Klien, and producing the fastest time of the three Taisan SARD drivers during the race.


The team ultimately suffered race-ending tyre issues at the event, but the young Aussie is confident going into this penultimate race weekend of the 2017 season. “The glass-smooth surface at Buriram will definitely provide its own challenges in managing the tyres. We tested at Motegi recently and discovered what the cause of our tyre problems were at Suzuka though, so we’re all much happier and more confident going into the final rounds. And from a personal point of view, knowing that I was matching the times of a former F1 driver has given me massive confidence in my own ability moving forward too.”


Off the track, Parsons has been enjoying sponsor events with his Taisan SARD team. The GT300 driver took on the Team SARD GT500 driver Kohei Hirate in a demonstration and drag race at the opening of a Heli Park in Fukushima last week. The pair put on a close and entertaining battle for the crowds, alongside the Red Bull Air Race.


The 2015 Formula Masters China Series runner-up is also continuing to work hard on his motorsport future, with potential sponsors and backers, looking towards building on his debut year in Japan’s premier racing series. “I’m really excited to have a good finish to the season and show what I can do in these final two races, with Motegi especially suiting our car. I’m very keen to begin focusing on the 2018 season, and to take that step forward and establish myself strongly in the series, battling for victories and championships.”


Round seven of the SuperGT Championship takes place at Chang International Circuit, Buriram on 7-8 October. 

Suzuka positives negate tyre problems for Parsons

Suzuka positives negate tyre problems for Parsons

Australian rising star, Jake Parsons, is taking major positives away from his first Super GT Suzuka 1000km event, despite the #26 Taisan SARD Audi R8 suffering race ending tyre trouble.

“It’s really unfortunate for the team that we had tyre problems beyond our control. I was very excited to be part of such a historic, flagship race for the series and for me personally, it was a great weekend of development and experience. I was able to really dial into this fantastic and challenging track, where I was able to set the fastest lap for our team during the race; which is a great take away for the future.” said the 22-year-old afterwards.

Parsons admitted the prestigious Suzuka race, round six of the Super GT season, felt like a ‘unique event’ compared to previous rounds of the highly competitive Japanese series. But added that, the large global media interest, and F1 presence, didn’t affect his ability to focus once in the car. “It was cool to have them around, but I just focused on completing my race objectives. Also, being able to drive alongside, and be competitive with these guys feels normal now which is a real confidence boost.”

The 2014 AsiaCup champion again showed strong pace during practice, gaining vital experience in both the wet and dry conditions. The initial pace dropped away during qualifying, with ex-Formula 1 driver Christian Klien putting the V10 GT300 car 24th on the grid. However, the team used the acquired data in their race set-up, enabling teammates Parsons, Klien and Shinnosuke Yamada to set competitive times, and enjoy intense on-track battles.

Unfortunately, the Taisan SARD teammates also shared recurring severe tyre problems whilst on track, that would ultimately end the team’s challenge. During his stint in the Audi R8, Parsons suffered an unsettling tyre blow out coming on to the back straight. “We’re pretty fortunate it didn’t happen at the end of the straight, as that’s the fastest corner on the circuit. When we came back into the pits, the team assessed the car and sadly we had to retire as it wasn’t safe to continue.” added the Melbourne born racer.

Speaking later, Parsons felt it was unlucky that the team’s strategy had been hampered by their unexpected and premature exit from the race. “We didn’t really get an opportunity to see the driver changes and pit stops working in full. But I think from a tyre point of view we had our strategy set. Tyre management was going to be a key factor, especially maximising fresh tyres for the longer stints with the extremely hot weather. We had the right strategy, so it’s unfortunate that circumstances were out of our control.”

Parsons, who now lives in Japan, feels he’s learned a lot working with F1 driver Klien, gaining a lot from his past experiences and knowledge. “Christian’s a great guy to work with and an extremely positive teammate. He has a good technical knowledge that I was able to pick up from. It was awesome having him as part of the team, and it felt great being able to match his pace during the weekend.”

Although he was unable to complete the Suzuka 1000km race, which becomes a 12-hour format next year, Parsons believes his experience here, and previously at the Bathurst 12-hour, have given him the confidence to approach more endurance races in the future.

“We always prepare the same way for each event, big or small, and I think my preparation and mental attitude is a real strength as a driver. Both here, and at Bathurst, I’ve learned a lot about the strategy of mentally breaking down a long-distance race into achievable sections, and knowing what you need to do. So, I feel very comfortable about doing next year’s Suzuka event, and maybe even a 24-hour race someday, using that strategy, as I know it’s very effective.”

Overall, the talented Aussie youngster is taking a lot of positives from his first Suzuka 1000km, and his debut season in Super GT. “I’ve learned such a lot, creating a solid foundation for next year. Every track we visit, we’re adding experience and knowledge, which puts us in a good position to fight for a championship next year.” 

Heading into the final two races of the 2017 season, Parsons is looking forward to continuing his progress and development with the team striving to achieve their strongest results yet.

“Suzuka has shown us areas that we need to focus on and develop. We're off to Thailand (Buriram) next, but I think the final round at Motegi will be particularly strong for us. The circuit should suit our car better, so we’ll keep working on the data from each race and aim to get some points.”

Parsons is keen to thank his temporary teammate, Christian Klien, for his invaluable input and feedback at the Suzuka 1000km, helping the team move forward. Along with a big shout out to his Taisan SARD team for their hard work throughout the weekend. He’d also like to thank Smart Mind Institute for the support and help in preparation for the race, for help with branding strategy and the whole team behind the scenes, for working tirelessly to help drive his future.

Round Seven of the Autobacs Super GT series takes place at Chang International Circuit, Buriram, on 7-8 October.

Upbeat Parsons primed for Suzuka’s ‘unique’ challenge

Upbeat Parsons primed for Suzuka’s ‘unique’ challenge

As the Autobacs Super GT series reaches its showcase event, the internationally renowned Suzuka 1000km, talented Australian driver Jake Parsons is prepared for and relishing the challenges ahead.

“I’m really looking forward to experiencing my first Suzuka 1000km. It’s such a prestigious event, attracting drivers from around the world, including Jenson Button. It’s going to be an amazing feeling, lining up on the grid alongside the 2009 Formula 1 champion.’ explained the 22-year-old.

At twice the length of the longest race so far this season, round six of the ultra-competitive Japanese series will present unique challenges to the teams and drivers. Due to the increased race distance, Parsons, and his teammate Shinnosuke Yamada, will be joined in the #26 Taisan SARD GT300 Audi R8 by another former F1 driver, Christian Klien, for the weekend.

“I think team strategy is going to be crucial here, with so much more to co-ordinate, especially as we have to make a minimum of five pitstops during the race. Our tyre choice, race strategies and driver changes will be important to get right, but we’re all preparing and working hard together to get the best result.” added the 2014 AsiaCup champion.

Parsons is also looking forward to racing at the 18-turn, 3.607m (5.807km) Suzuka circuit, one of his personal favourites. “Suzuka has so much to offer, it’s the full package. A real driver’s circuit, with technical areas, long sweeping turns, fast straights and overtaking opportunities. It’s the perfect place to hold such a major event.”

Although the young Australian hasn’t competed in the Suzuka 1000km before, he feels driving in the Bathurst 12 hour race earlier this year has given him vital experience and confidence going into this weekend’s gruelling endurance battle. “I learnt a lot about the endurance format, but also about maximising your time in the car.”

Looking ahead to the weekend, Parsons added, “Suzuka is going to be an amazing event for us all. I genuinely can’t wait to get out on track, soak it all in and keep pushing forward with the team.”

Round six of the Autobacs Super GT, the Suzuka 1000km, takes place on 26-27 August at Suzuka International Circuit. You can follow all the action live on NISMO TV via You Tube.


 Promising pace and progress for Parsons at Fuji

Promising pace and progress for Parsons at Fuji

Australian rising-star Jake Parsons had another positive weekend of progress in the Autobacs Super GT championship, despite an unfortunate penalty interfering with his race.

As round five of the ultra-competitive Japanese series returned to Fuji International Speedway for a second time this season, the 22-year-old was keen to utilise his previous experience at the challenging 16-turn, 4.653km/2.835m circuit.

“It was nice for me to be at a familiar track that I enjoy so much! Fuji is one of the faster circuits we race on, with sweeping corners you can really attack. It’s very satisfying track to drive and has a lot of unique challenges too. Being our second time here meant that we could bring forward our data and continue developing the car on the positive trajectory we’ve had,” explained the Melbourne born racer. 

Parsons has been working particularly hard with the Taisan SARD team to develop the set-up of the car, and the improvements certainly showed with a strong pace throughout practice and into qualifying. Reaching the second round of qualifying for the first time this season, the young Aussie placed the Audi R8 V10 13th on the grid, their highest position of the year.

Although Fuji faced a typhoon warning, with the 300km event starting under heavy, menacing clouds, the entirety of the race remained dry. Parsons, who won the 2014 AsiaCup Championship, took the opening stint, getting a strong get away, battling with the top ten in the early stages. Unfortunately, a drive through penalty for a start infringement dropped the #26 GT300 car to the back of the field.

Returning to the track, Parsons dug deep, showing impressive pace, race craft and mental strength to begin moving back up the order, with teammate Shinnosuke Yamada bringing the car home in 19th position.

Although disappointed at not being able to capitalise on their strong qualifying, the Australian racer sees Fuji as another weekend of strong progress.

“We definitely had more positives than negatives, and we’ve made big steps forwards since we were here last time. Qualifying was a big standout, and our overall speed was very promising. Before the penalty, we were battling with the top teams, including last year’s GT300 champions, which is an excellent sign for us.”

Now living in Tokyo, Parsons is feeling very comfortable in Japan’s premier racing series and feels happy with his personal progression through the season. “I’m continuing to get stronger, and I’m becoming more focused on the technical side of the Super GT cars. I’ve been able to increase my feedback and detail, which is all helping us move forward.”

Speaking about the huge support he’s receiving from the Japanese fans, the 2015 Formula Masters China Series runner-up, added, “The support here is quite overwhelming. This round, in particular, people were coming up to me with hats and things I’d signed at previous events, which is an awesome feeling. Big thanks to all those fans and new ones too!”

Super GT now moves onto the most anticipated event on the calendar, the Suzuka 1000km. With the event only three weeks away, Parsons is understandably excited for the challenges this unique race will bring.

“It’s going to be a very significant race, being the longest of the season. We have a third driver joining us too, Christian Klein, so it will be great to work with and learn from him. We haven’t had much time at Suzuka, so we’ll be working hard on our preparations. However, we're all looking forward to utilising our positive experiences at Fuji this weekend to drive our performance even further at Suzuka."

Round six of the Autobacs Super GT Series takes place at Suzuka on 26-27 August.


Parsons looks to build on experience at Fuji

Parsons looks to build on experience at Fuji

After an impressive performance in the tricky conditions at Sugo, Australian Jake Parsons is looking forward to chasing his best result of the season, as the Autobacs Super GT returns to Fuji International Speedway this weekend.

As the ultra-competitive Japanese series heads back to the challenging 16-turn, 4.563km (2.835 mile) circuit for round five, 22-year-old Parsons explained, “I’m really looking forward to our second race at Fuji this year. There is a lot we can build on from our previous event here.”

The #26 Team Taisan SARD Audi R8 V10 driver is feeling especially positive about the improvements and developments the team have made over recent weeks

“We’ve made a lot of progress together in testing and during race events. Our dry pace, in particular, has improved recently, so I’m really keen to get our best result of the season so far at Fuji this weekend,” added the 2014 AsiaCup champion.

Parsons, who now lives in Japan, is really settling in to the country’s premier motorsports category, and thoroughly enjoying how challenges it brings are helping take his career to the next level.

“I’m coming in to my stride in Super GT now and looking forward to continuing to grow as a driver, achieving my own set of goals on the track and in developing the car too.”

Round five of the Autobacs Super GT series takes place at Fuji on 5-6 August. You can follow all the action live via the NISMO TV You Tube channel.

Parsons shines through the Sugo rain

Parsons shines through the Sugo rain

Australian rising-star Jake Parsons overcame challenging conditions to take away positive, valuable experience at Sportsland Sugo today, in an eventful round four of the Autobacs Super GT series.

The #26 Taisan SARD Audi R8 V10 driver ran a strong pace during practice, but bad weather created difficulties in qualifying. Following a wet start to the 81-lap race, Parsons took over from teammate Shinnosuke Yamada in 25th place, impressively handling the tricky, constantly changing track conditions to make up several positions in the GT 300 class.

“I had a very eventful stint in the car, with the changeable weather conditions and a lot of lapped traffic. There was a lot of action with the different strategies out there. I’m really happy with how I handled the change to slick tires and moved through the field”, explained the 22-year-old, after surviving a treacherous last lap rain shower to finish in 18th.

The 2014 AsiaCup champion enjoyed racing on the short 3.737km (2.323 mile) Sugo circuit even though it was difficult to overtake, stating that it felt “pretty unique” from other tracks he’d driven on the calendar.

On reaching the halfway point of the Super GT season, Parsons is feeling positive about the progress he’s made so far through his debut year in the ultra-competitive Japanese series.

“I feel like my progress is going very well. I’ve had good speed in the races, and I’ve learned a lot technically about GT cars too. We’re making good advances with the car now, and our pace in the dry was strong this weekend. It’s all about working together as a team to keep moving forward.”

Speaking about the passionate support he’s received from the Super GT fans, the young Aussie racer added, “Thanks to everyone for attending the races and tuning in on TV, it’s great to have your support. I hope you’re all enjoying this journey with me.”

Parsons is now eagerly focused on round five, which sees the series return to Fuji in two weeks. “I’m really looking forward to Fuji, as we’ve got better set-up understanding and an advantage over other tracks, having already raced there. We can take the lessons we’ve learned into this race and have a strong result.”

Round five of the Autobacs Super GT championship takes place at Fuji Raceway on August 5-6. 

Positive Parsons primed for ‘strong performance’ at Sugo

Positive Parsons primed for ‘strong performance’ at Sugo


Talented young Australian Jake Parsons can’t wait to get back behind the wheel and on the track again, as the Autobacs Super GT championship returns to action this weekend following its summer break. Reaching round 4, the mid-way point of the season, the ultra-competitive Japanese series heads to Sportsland Sugo, a challenging 3.737km/2.323 mile track in Murata from 22-23 July

“I'm very keen to get going at Sugo; I had an official series test there last month, so the circuit is one I am familiar with. It’s quite a small circuit and one that will be critical to get the strategy right on for pit stops,” explained the 22-year-old.

Parsons, who drives the #26 Taisan SARD Audi R8 V10 in the GT 300 class, showed impressive speed and race-craft at the last race in Autopolis and is and is intent on continuing that positive progress.

“The team and I are eager to make some inroads on the setup as there is always room to grow in our performance. Autopolis was a great indication of our potential as I gained ten places in the race, so we’re excited to keep pushing forward together,” said the 2014 AsiaCup Champion.

“I’m looking forward to putting on a strong performance and continuing to make my mark on Super GT.”

Round 4 of the Autobacs Super GT series takes place at Sugo on 22-23 July. You can follow all the action live via the NISMO TV You Tube channel.

Breakthrough weekend for Parsons at Autopolis

Breakthrough weekend for Parsons at Autopolis

Team Taisan SARD driver Jake Parsons comes away from the Autopolis circuit on a massive high today, following a “turning point” weekend in round three of the ultra-competitive Super GT championship. Starting the race from 25th, the young Australian had his best race event so far, this season, putting in an impressive display of speed, consistency and overtaking during his 40-lap stint in the GT300 class car.

“I’m really happy with my performance today. I overtook a lot of cars in the race, and, together with my teammate, we had our best result of the year, finishing 14th. We made a big step forward with the car set-up this weekend, which is a very positive sign and means we can continue the progress into the next race,” said the 22-year-old afterwards.

Rising star Parsons, who drives the #26 Audi R8 V10, took the opening stint in a Super GT race for the first time, describing it as a significant moment in his career. “It was pretty wild out there among the traffic but I did a good job, making up a lot of positions and having a lot of fun too!"

The 2014 AsiaCup champion stated before the event how much he was looking forward to racing on the challenging Autopolis circuit, and it seems didn’t disappoint. “It’s an extremely exciting track to drive, and the last sector in particular is very technical. I was able to learn during the practice sessions, becoming confident through those areas, so I was really happy with how I dialled in to and drove the track. It definitely lived up to expectation and it’s high up on my list of favourite circuits.”

Parsons continues to be a big hit with the passionate Super GT fans, both on and off track, signing large numbers of his limited-edition hero cards and caps during the event. The young Aussie was keen to thank his rapidly growing fan base for their support. “It’s amazing and humbling to see so many people and feel their support. Make sure you’re first in the queue during our autograph sessions to receive our exclusive fan giveaways at each race!”

Going in to the mid-season break, Parsons is feeling positive and confident after such a breakthrough event, making progress set-up wise with car, and experiencing tight battles from the start too. “I’m feeling comfortable having more experience through the various stages of the race now and I’m excited for what the rest of the year holds,” he explained.

Round four of the Autobacs Super GT championship takes place on July 22-23 at Sugo. 

Positive Parsons predicts strong result at Autopolis

Positive Parsons predicts strong result at Autopolis

Team Taisan SARD driver Jake Parsons is in a buoyant and excited mood as the Autobacs Super GT series hits the track in Autopolis for the Kyushu 300km this weekend.

Having overcome some challenging curve-balls in the opening rounds, Parsons has shown impressive pace and progress in his #26 Audi R8 V10 since making his debut in the ultra-competitive Japanese series. The young Australian, who now lives in Tokyo, has also been working hard with the team to improve the technical setup and develop new strategies moving forward into the race on Kyushu Island.

“I believe the previous lessons we’ve learnt as a team in the first two rounds will pay off strongly in this event, and we can realistically expect our strongest result so far,” explained the 22-year-old.

Round three of the Super GT series sees a highly-anticipated return to the Autopolis circuit, with last year’s event being cancelled following earthquake damage. The 19-turn, 4.673km/2.904mi track presents a real challenge, and is often ranked among the driver’s favourites.

“Autopolis is the circuit I’ve been most looking forward to on this year’s calendar,” admitted Parsons. “It looks very fast, and has some incredibly technical corners. It’s a real driver’s track, and a unique one at that, so I can’t wait to experience it now.”

Parsons, who won the 2014 AsiaCup championship, has proved to be a big hit with Super GT race-goers already this season. “The fans have been absolutely amazing, and their support is fantastic. It’s a real thrill, and honour, to drive in front of such huge, passionate and knowledgeable crowds at each race.”

The Autobacs Super GT round three takes place at Autopolis, Oita Prefecture on May 20-21.

To follow the action live tune in to NISMO TV on You Tube. 

Parsons takes inspiration from challenging Fuji  

Parsons takes inspiration from challenging Fuji  

Young Australian Jake Parsons came away from Fuji International Speedway feeling ‘stoked’ with his performance in the biggest race of his career so far. With an official attendance of 55,000 people, the 50th running of the Super GT event was a spectacular sight for drivers and fans alike. Speaking afterwards he said, “It was amazing to take in the incredible atmosphere, but once I got in the car I was calm and focused on the task ahead and able to enjoy driving in front of the massive crowds. I’m feeling more comfortable with the car and my feedback is also improving.”
Parsons, who drives the #26 Taisan SARD Audi R8, was very happy with his performance, showing good pace and consistency throughout his 40+ lap stint in the car. Running the hard compound tyres, the 22-year-old delivered strong times, comparable to the softer compounds other teams were using.
The 2014 AsiaCup winner took over the car from teammate Shinnosuke Yamada following an early pitstop for a tyre issue, which unfortunately incurred a technical infringement and drive through penalty. Back on track, Parsons was able to fully enjoy the wheel to wheel racing this sweeping Fuji track allows. “We made some changes to the car overnight and could definitely feel the difference in the handling. We still have some oversteer issues, but that’s probably the most passing I’ve ever done, which was cool. It definitely helped having experience at Fuji, but the in-depth preparation we do for new tracks is a massive help too.” 

Parsons, who is proving to be a big hit with the passionate Super GT fans, also added a big thank you to everyone who attended and watched the race. “I’d like to say thanks to everyone who tuned in around the world, and especially to the fans who came out to Fuji, to support me on this new journey. I’m excited to have a strong season and bring good results to everyone.”
The young Aussie, who now lives in Tokyo, has introduced a special series of autograph cards and fun merchandise giveaways, available to fans at each race. Race goers are encouraged to be first in line at the upcoming events to avoid missing out!
Overall Parsons is taking a lot forward into the next race at Autopolis. “Fuji was a bit of a challenging event, but I feel very inspired and positive for the year ahead. I’m learning so many things that will help prepare me for the following year, and be a springboard into the future.”
Round three of the Super GT Championship takes place at Autopolis on May 20-

Parsons gears up for Fuji Super GT Spectacular

Parsons gears up for Fuji Super GT Spectacular

Team Taisan SARD driver Jake Parsons is excited and fully primed for a positive event as Super GT roars back into action this week at Fuji International Speedway. Round two of the ultra-competitive Japanese championship takes place on May 3-4 at the challenging 16 turn, 4.563km (2.835mi) circuit.

The Fuji event, which is expected to attract a crowd of 50-60,000 people, will be the biggest the young Australian has experienced so far in his career, but he’s keen to put into practice the lessons learned during his ‘eye-opening’ first race in Okayama. “I feel like my experience is cementing in the Super GT now. It’s been a big transition from last year’s formula cars in America, but there are a lot less unknowns now and I’m excited to keep pushing forward with the team.”

Rising star Parsons, who won the 2014 AsiaCup, also feels that his extra knowledge of the iconic Fuji track, which he loves driving, will help him too. “This is the circuit I have most experience on during the season. I briefly tested here with the team, but I also did a Lamborghini Super Trofeo race last year. It’s a really challenging but satisfying track to drive, as it’s got such a lot of different elements. Long straights, tight, technical and unconventional corners too, there’s so much to tackle and get right. When everything is working well and all hooked up, it’s an immensely satisfying feeling!”

 The 22-year old Australian, and his teammate Shinnosuke Yamada, showed strong pace and potential in the Taisan SARD #26 Audi R8 at the opening round, and are eager to reach the top level in GT300 class. Parsons explained, “We’ve made a lot of progress and changes going into this race. The team have been working hard together to develop the car’s handling and balance, so I’m really looking forward to feeling the differences and working more with the set-up at Fuji.”

 Looking forward to the scale of the event ahead, the young Aussie added, “It’s going to be a huge race. I can’t quite comprehend what it’s going to be like being part of such a big event, but I’m looking forward to meeting and putting on a great show for all our amazing Super GT fans!”

Round two of Super GT will take place on 3-4 May at Fuji International Speedway. To watch live visit:










Positive Progress for Parsons on Super GT Debut

Positive Progress for Parsons on Super GT Debut

Australian rising star Jake Parsons thoroughly enjoyed and took huge positives from his first Super GT race at Okayama this weekend. The 22-year-old described his series debut as, “A fantastic memory I’ll never forget. It was an amazing event and experience to be part of, so many fans and supporters.”
Parsons, who is racing the #26 Taisan SARD Audi R8 alongside Shinnosuke Yamada, felt the weekend was a big step forward in his career. “I’ve really come to grips with the Super GT car and as a result I’m driving on a whole new level”, explained the 2014 AsiaCup champion.

Having run strongly throughout practice, the team suffered some set-backs during qualifying that left them lying further down the grid than expected. Major setup changes before the race saw the #26 car rise through the field, reaching the top five just before the pit stops.
Unfortunately, an issue during the pit stop put them a lap down, with a subsequent safety car allowing Parsons limited time for recovery. But, despite coming home in 21st position, the whole team feel positive about their pace and progress going forward from this opening weekend of the season.
“My first race was massively enjoyable, and we’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons over the weekend. I’m feeling extremely confident and excited for the upcoming race in Fuji.” 
The second race of the Super GT championship takes place on May 3-4 at Fuji International Circuit.


Parsons “super-excited” for Super GT debut

Parsons “super-excited” for Super GT debut

After a long off season of preparation, that also included moving continents twice, rising star Jake Parsons is more than ready to get racing again as the prestigious Super GT championship returns to action this weekend at Okayama.

The young Australian, who won the 2014 AsiaCup championship, joins teammate Shinnosuke Yamada at team Taisan SARD for the new season, driving the #26 Audi R8 V10. Speaking about his move to Japan’s premier racing series, Parsons said, “I am super-excited to be joining Super GT, especially with such a successful team. This is somewhere I have wanted to race for a long time, as it’s such a professional, fast paced, and competitive series.”

 Following two successful test sessions at Okayama and Fuji, the 22-year-old, who raced in the 2016 US Pro Mazda series, is eagerly looking forward to getting back into race mode now. “It’s been cool adapting to the subtle differences from the formula cars I drove last year and building up our performance, but I can’t wait to experience a full race weekend now. It’s going to be a huge event as the Super GT fans are amazing, extremely dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable. It’s such an honour to be part of, so I will be fully focused on the track and putting on a great show for them!”

 Having won last year’s 500-class championship with former F1 driver, Heikki Kovalainen and Kohei Hirate, team SARD are now keen to clinch the 300-class in collaboration with Taisan. Team boss of Taisan SARD, Ricky Chiba explained, “It is my dream to work together with a young driver who has the desire to be a champion. We welcome Jake to the family to make our dream come true.”

The opening round of the Super GT series takes place on 8-9 April at the Okayama International Circuit, a 13-turn, 3.703km (2.300mi) track in Mimasaka, western Japan. 

Rising Star Parsons set to shine in Land of the Rising Sun

Rising Star Parsons set to shine in Land of the Rising Sun

Australian driver Jake Parsons is excited to announce that he will be driving in the ultra-competitive Japanese Super GT series in 2017, a move he describes as the next big step in his career and a great platform to showcase his skills.

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