Australian star Jake Parsons once again impressed in the FRD LMP3 China Endurance Series on the brand new V1 Auto World Tianjin circuit in Beijing this weekend. The 23-year-old, who won on his debut in the series, returned to race alongside British driver James Winslow in Craft-Bamboo Racing #95 Ligier JS.
“I think we can be really happy with how we performed, with two podiums and a fourth position finish. That’s a great take away in itself, but we also managed to finish third in the championship, even though we only did half of the series together,” explained the young racer.
In the opening race, rescheduled from the Zhuhai round, Parsons started from seventh position avoiding the squabbling pack ahead to make a big move into the first corner and come out in the lead. Consistent running from both he and Winslow saw the #95 car round out the podium positions. Teammate Winslow started race two from pole, with the pair clinching second place for a double podium on Saturday.
The final race of the weekend, Tianjin’s feature event, saw Parsons start from second on the grid. Some changes to the car that didn’t quite work out, combined with some eventful action on track, led to the Craft-Bamboo Ligier JS coming home in fourth, enough to secure third in the championship.
“I had such a good time racing with Craft-Bamboo again, it was a lot of fun out there and that move in race one was definitely a personal highlight from the weekend. I’d love to do more races with them and James in the future, as there was such a great atmosphere and synergy within the team and how everyone worked together.”
Parsons, who has taken much more of a technical lead throughout his National class championship winning season in Japanese F3, relished the challenges presented by the brand-new Tianjin facility.
“We were the first ever series to race on the circuit, so there were a lot of challenges in setting up the car, but also the track was evolving the whole time too. So, it was largely about adapting to the circuit as it developed. I’m proud of the progress we made, as even the changes that didn’t quite work helped us to learn and adapt. The track itself felt like a mixture of the Toronto and Kuala Lumpur street circuit’s I’ve raced on, with very similar layout and cornering. A lot of the turns had a rather unique edginess to them, rewarding commitment and risk.”
The Tokyo based racer is now channelling the positives from his 2018 season forward into the next stage of his exciting and ever-growing future.
“I’m taking a lot of extra self-belief from this. Not just from being competitive on a brand-new circuit in a less familiar car this weekend, but also from the series in general. Getting three podiums, including a debut victory, and finishing third in the championship is big confidence boost. Both here and in Japanese F3 I’ve developed on so many levels this season. From race craft to technical ability, and much more between, I have a lot to take forward into all I want to achieve across Asian motorsport next year.”
Incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported and helped him this season, from the teams and engineers to all the loyal, passionate fans, Parsons left Beijing by adding, “Huge thanks to everyone at Craft-Bamboo Racing for this opportunity and their support. I’d like to give an extra thanks to James for helping me come into the LMP3 series, it’s been really great working with him. Big thanks to Bruce the engineer too; we became the ‘dream team’! Also, thanks to Smart Mind Institute’s Dave Diggle for his invaluable influence and input throughout the year, and of course to the great JP team supporting me.”
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