Young Australian star Jake Parsons is excitedly looking forward to making his debut in the
Japanese Formula 3 Championship in the opening round at Suzuka International Racing Course this weekend.
“Although some people might be surprised by this move after my season in SuperGT, we had a lot of very strong opportunities for the 2018 season and decided Japanese F3 was the best option for my future. This is a real growth year for me, as I’m developing, building and pushing the skills and racecraft I have to greater heights on the circuits I experienced last season,” explained the 23-year old.
Parsons, who firmly established himself on the Japanese motorsport stage last year in the ultra-competitive SuperGT series, has joined renowned Team Noda Racing, owned by former F1 driver Hideki Noda. He will drive the distinctively liveried #10 car in the National class of the series but aims to be strongly competing among the Championship cars.
“This is a whole new era for Japanese F3, as they are going a separate route from many F3 based series around the world. I’m really proud to be part of this progression and especially honoured to have the support of the series during this season.”
The young racer, who now lives in Tokyo, has a strong pedigree in single seater racing, having won the AsiaCup in 2014 and finished runner up in the 2015 Formula Masters China series. He also secured an impressive podium at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway during his time in the prestigious US based Pro Mazda Championship.
“It’s been quite a big jump from SuperGT to formula cars again! It’s the first time I have gone back-to back on a circuit in both cars, and the higher corner speeds in the Japanese F3 cars are amazing but require a lot more physical strength too. Working with my mind coach and manager, Smart Mind Institute’s Dave Diggle, who comes to all the races with me, has made acclimatizing to the extra speed and physicality much easier though. Mental strength plays a huge part in driving and is something I consider a key part of my racecraft.” Heading into round one this weekend on one of his favourite tracks, the 5.807km/3.609mi,18 turn Suzuka Circuit, Parsons is in a confident mood following two strong test sessions with his new team.
“I’m really looking forward to the year ahead working with Noda Racing’s very professional and
experienced team, doing what I do best and battling for the championship. We’re all feeling very positive going in to the opening round, and excited for what we can achieve together, with some new sponsors, going forward.”
The first round of Japanese F3 takes place at Suzuka International Racing Circuit on 21-22 of April.
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Japanese Formula 3 Calendar 2018
Round 1 Suzuka 21-22 April
Round 2 Sportsland Sugo 26-27 May
Round 3 Fuji Speedway 7-8 July
Round 4 Okayama International 28-29 July
Round 5 Twin Ring Motegi 18-19 August
Round 6 Okayama International 8-9 September
Round 7 Sportsland Sugo 29-30 September
Round 8 Fuji Speedway 20-21 October