Australian driver Jake Parsons is excited to announce that he will be driving in the ultra-competitive Japanese Super GT series in 2017, a move he describes as the next big step in his career and a great platform to showcase his skills.
The talented 22-year-old will join the collaborative team Taisan SARD to compete in the SGT-300 category, partnering Japanese driver Shinnosuke Yamada in the #26 Audi R8 V10. Team SARD have a strong pedigree in the series, having won the SGT-500 championship last year with former Formula 1 driver, Heikki Kovalainen and Kohei Hirate.
Parsons, who also has a strong history in Asian racing winning the 2014 AsiaCup Series and being 2015 Formula Masters China Series vice-champion, is super excited about his move and the opportunities ahead. “This is somewhere I’ve wanted to race for quite a while. Super GT is Japan’s premier racing series, with major manufacturer backing, and I’m really keen to establish myself here. It’s a big transition year, but I have some big expectations and aims. I’m ready to work hard and achieve my goals.”
Team Taisan SARD boss, Ricky Chiba, spoke highly about the young Aussie joining his ambitious team, “It is my dream to work together with a young driver who has the desire to be a champion. We welcome Jake to the family to make our dream come true of winning the SGT-300 championship.”
Although he will be the only Australian racing in the series, Parsons is following in the successful wheel tracks of two fellow antipodean drivers by working with Chiba, “Jake will be my third Australian, after 1977 with Alan Jones in the Shadow F1 and Mark Skaife in the 1991 Macau GP,” said the team Taisan boss, who has many years of experience across world racing, including Formula 1, Indy 500, Le Mans and eight Super GT championship wins.
After living in America to contest the 2016 Pro Mazda series, Parsons is now fully immersing himself into the Japanese lifestyle, having recently moved to Tokyo. “I love how different the food, culture and language is here. I am even taking extra Japanese lessons!” explained the Melbourne-born racer.
The first race of the Super GT season takes place on April 8-9 at Okayama International Circuit.