Young Australian Jake Parsons came away from Fuji International Speedway feeling ‘stoked’ with his performance in the biggest race of his career so far. With an official attendance of 55,000 people, the 50th running of the Super GT event was a spectacular sight for drivers and fans alike. Speaking afterwards he said, “It was amazing to take in the incredible atmosphere, but once I got in the car I was calm and focused on the task ahead and able to enjoy driving in front of the massive crowds. I’m feeling more comfortable with the car and my feedback is also improving.”
Parsons, who drives the #26 Taisan SARD Audi R8, was very happy with his performance, showing good pace and consistency throughout his 40+ lap stint in the car. Running the hard compound tyres, the 22-year-old delivered strong times, comparable to the softer compounds other teams were using.
The 2014 AsiaCup winner took over the car from teammate Shinnosuke Yamada following an early pitstop for a tyre issue, which unfortunately incurred a technical infringement and drive through penalty. Back on track, Parsons was able to fully enjoy the wheel to wheel racing this sweeping Fuji track allows. “We made some changes to the car overnight and could definitely feel the difference in the handling. We still have some oversteer issues, but that’s probably the most passing I’ve ever done, which was cool. It definitely helped having experience at Fuji, but the in-depth preparation we do for new tracks is a massive help too.”
Parsons, who is proving to be a big hit with the passionate Super GT fans, also added a big thank you to everyone who attended and watched the race. “I’d like to say thanks to everyone who tuned in around the world, and especially to the fans who came out to Fuji, to support me on this new journey. I’m excited to have a strong season and bring good results to everyone.”
The young Aussie, who now lives in Tokyo, has introduced a special series of autograph cards and fun merchandise giveaways, available to fans at each race. Race goers are encouraged to be first in line at the upcoming events to avoid missing out!
Overall Parsons is taking a lot forward into the next race at Autopolis. “Fuji was a bit of a challenging event, but I feel very inspired and positive for the year ahead. I’m learning so many things that will help prepare me for the following year, and be a springboard into the future.”
Round three of the Super GT Championship takes place at Autopolis on May 20-