As SuperGT reaches its climax, with round eight at Twin Ring Motegi this weekend, Australian driver Jake Parsons is keen to end his rookie season in the ultra-competitive Japanese series on a high.
The 22-year-old has shown strong pace, race skills and mental maturity throughout what has been a huge learning curve year, making the move from open-wheel formula cars to GT. “I’ve been really happy with the progress and development I’ve made as a driver this season. Adapting to a new series and a totally different style of car has been a fascinating challenge, one I’ve relished and enjoyed massively. I’ve learned such a lot and I’m incredibly excited to keep moving forward now,” explained the Melbourne born racer.
Although Parsons has only had a half day test at Motegi, he’s particularly looking forward to racing on the 2.98mile (4.8km) 14 turn circuit near Tochigi.
“I think it will be a good track for us and really suit our chassis. As a team we’ve made a lot of progress together too, so I’m feeling confident we have the potential for a strong result to end our season on a positive note.”
The #26 Audi R8 V10 GT300 class racer is thrilled to have friends and family flying over from his native Australia to attend the season finale, alongside several guests from Japan. “It’s always great to have that extra support at races. I really am so thankful to all my friends, family and supporters who have helped and encouraged me throughout my career so far.”
Parsons, and his Taisan SARD team, go into the last race of the SuperGT season on a high, having won the Japanese Electric Vehicle Festival at Tsukuba circuit in a fully battery converted Porsche 916. The young Australian is particularly interested in the electric motorsport industry, so took immense pleasure in the opportunity to compete and be victorious in the event.
Heading towards Motegi this weekend, Parsons is now focused on finishing his opening season in the championship with a good result, and looking forward to taking another big step forward in his career in 2018. “I’m really excited to build on all I’ve learned this year,” added the young Australian.
Round eight of the Autobacs SuperGT series takes place at Twin Ring Motegi on 11-12 November.