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.