Australian star Jake Parsons overcame changeable conditions to clinch another pair of class wins as the Japanese Formula 3 Championship returned to action at Fuji Speedway this weekend.
“We had a really good weekend, especially with the wide mix of conditions from very wet to totally dry. I think we made a lot of progress in understanding the car, especially from my side, with the different downforce levels in the differing conditions. I feel like I gained a lot of knowledge from that. It was really enjoyable to expereince Fuji in a formula car too. I’ve always loved this circuit, as it’s where I had my first Japanese race. I was actually excited to drive it in the rain for the first time too!” explained the 23-year-old.
Driving the #10 Noda Racing Academy car, Parsons took several stand out moments from the weekend, especially his ever-growing consistency during the second race.
“Running the F3 car in the wet for the first time was definitely quite a stand out for me. But also race two was probably some of the best, consistent driving I’ve done. So, I’m looking forward to continuing that going forwards into Okayama.”
Being such a high-speed track, Parsons was prepared for it to be difficult to challenge amongst the Championship class cars on the 4.563 km/2.835 mi, 16 turn Fuji track, but still managed to mix it up with the higher spec cars.
“The power difference in the C class is quite substantial here, and the downforce, especially in the floor construction, is much more pronounced, giving them a ‘stickiness’ I do not have. But I made really good starts and in the second race I made two passes in the first corner. I was able to stay with the Championship field for longer than I expected and just did my best to maximise the drafting. Everyone was running low downforce which made things harder, but we came very close to scoring points in the Championship field, finishing 11th overall. And we were running around two seconds faster that the National class cars were last year.”
With now typical tenacity and focus, the Tokyo-based racer has been training hard on neck and shoulder strength between races, to cope with the higher corner speeds in the formula cars, following his transition from SuperGT.
“I’ve been working hard since the start of the season, and really noticed the gains in my progress, putting in such a strong performance this weekend. My trainer works with some Super Formula drivers which is helping me get closer to maximising my abilities. We’re definitely on target for the trajectory we’re following and aiming for over the coming years, so I just need to keep working hard on making those gains.”
Moving forward to the next round of the series, Parsons is now keen to take all he’s learned from this weekend into Okayama. “I want to use the expereince, knowledge and consistency I’ve honed here in Fuji to take another step forward.”
Parsons had high praise for his Noda Racing team, who worked with him to develop and adapt the car throughout the weekend, as well as the amazing fans who braved the unpredictable weather.
“It’s great to have such a knowledgeable and positive team, who made great set-up calls and were also willing to listen to my feedback. It’s a great environment to work and learn in. I’d also like to give a big thank you to all the fans who came out too. Lots of people wearing JP hats and coming for photos. I saw some JP flags at the end of the second race too, which was pretty awesome! I really felt the support at Fuji which is nice.”
Jake Parsons would like to thank Noda Racing, Protex, the F3 Association, Smart Mind Institute, Isaratti and his media team, Driving the Future, for all their support in making this exciting and productive year possible.
Round four of the Japanese Formula 3 Championship takes place at Okayama on 28-29 July.