Australian racer Jake Parsons continued his impressive form in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship this weekend, clinching two more class wins during a weather shortened round four at Okayama International Circuit.
“I think the weekend went really well for us. We got to fight with the Championship cars again and brought forward the consistency we started building in Fuji, allowing us to battle in bigger packs all race for the first time this season. It’s always good to be able to challenge throughout the race and keep pushing myself, plus it’s great that we’re continuing to move forward in our progress and development as we planned,” explained the 23-year-old.
Originally scheduled to be the season’s first three race event, high temperatures gave way to an incoming typhoon, leading to Sunday’s action on the 3.703km/2.300mi, 13 turn, Okayama track being cancelled.
“Initially it was super-hot, especially during practice on Friday, hitting around 37 degrees, which caused the track to become quite greasy and tricky to read. Conditions cooled down a lot on Saturday as the typhoon approached, making the track a lot quicker. So, it was easier to set-up and balance the car for qualifying and the two races.”
Speaking more about the Okayama circuit, Tokyo based Parsons added that the long straights made it challenging to pass the higher specification Championship cars.
“The two long straights on either side of the circuit made it difficult for us. I could get up behind the C class cars, but their higher top speeds on those straights made it tough to pass. That’s why I’m so pleased that we managed to stay in the battle and make up positions in both races.”
The #10 Noda Racing Academy driver had high praise for his team as he left Okayama. “Big thanks to the Noda Racing crew who had a great car for me this weekend. It was enjoyable racing with them, especially at their home event. We had a lot of support out there too, it was great to see everyone behind us and I’m just so glad we delivered such good results and racing at our home track.
Heading into round five at Motegi, Parsons is keen to continue his physical and mental preparation, in order to maintain the momentum and progress he and the team have built over the season so far.
“Building on the consistency is so important to us all. I’m producing really consistent times through practice and the race now, so I’m focusing on pushing myself to get the best from my driving and the car every time I’m on the track. My technical knowledge has improved this year, allowing me to race better, make better set-up changes, and understand the small tweaks needed to get the car into the right spot. We got the car set-up really quickly this weekend and could just refine it during qualifying, so we’re looking to build on that at Motegi.”
Round five of the Japanese Formula 3 Championship takes place at Twin Ring Motegi on 18-19 August.