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: https://www.youtube.com/user/nismotv2013/featured