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.
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