Australian Jake Parsons had a difficult time at the 4 hours of Sepang this weekend but with his typically strong mental attitude is still taking away a lot of positives from the event. The young driver joined Jackie Chan DC Racing for the Asian Le Mans series finale, but sadly the #38 car was hit by frustrating technical issues.
“The weekend was quite a challenging one to be honest. We spent a lot of time during practice and qualifying chasing some set-up issues, that we later found out were due to a failing component in the rear left. It eventually broke during the race, meaning we had to pit for a long time to change the damper. That, along with a penalty for an engine change, set us back several laps, so, it was a rather unfortunate weekend really. We and the team all did all we could, it was just one of those occasions where an unforeseen anomaly bit us, preventing us from achieving our true potential,” explained Parsons afterwards.
The Tokyo based racer, who won the 2018 Japanese F3 Championship, still thoroughly enjoyed working with the Jackie Chan DC Racing team, along with his teammates for the event, James Winslow and Rick Yoon.
“I really enjoyed working with JCDC. They’re a really good team of people and it’s a great, professional environment to work in. It is a shame we couldn’t turn that into the strong result we hoped for this weekend, but we know the specific reasons for that and know there is much scope for success in the future. It was great to drive with James again, as we always have a fantastic synergy whenever we race together, guiding each through any issues that arise. Rick was a really great teammate too. I’d never driven with him before, but he’s a very fast bronze level driver, having a good analytical mind and being very switched on to all the data. We made a strong team.”
The Hermann Tilke designed 15 turn, 5.543km/3.445mi Sepang circuit is a big favourite with Parsons, being the stage for many of his major career milestones over the years. And, despite the technical issues throughout the event, he was still able to take away some positive highlights from the season finale race.
“The set-up gremlins took away some of the enjoyment of driving the circuit today, as it made the right hand turns very difficult….and there are a lot of right handers here! Managing the car isn’t the most fun way to drive. But I was really pleased with the strength and consistency of my run, making some nice passes and battling with the different classes out on the circuit. Sepang gives a lot of opportunity for that, with different areas of the track favouring each class. That made for some fun battles.”
Parsons would like to thank Jackie Chan DC Racing for the opportunity to race at Sepang this weekend.
“It’s been great working with all the team, and I look forward to working with them again in the future and reaching our full potential as I’m sure we can be a winning combination. I’m excited for a big year ahead, so please stay tuned for more news very soon.”