Team Taisan SARD driver Jake Parsons comes away from the Autopolis circuit on a massive high today, following a “turning point” weekend in round three of the ultra-competitive Super GT championship. Starting the race from 25th, the young Australian had his best race event so far, this season, putting in an impressive display of speed, consistency and overtaking during his 40-lap stint in the GT300 class car.
“I’m really happy with my performance today. I overtook a lot of cars in the race, and, together with my teammate, we had our best result of the year, finishing 14th. We made a big step forward with the car set-up this weekend, which is a very positive sign and means we can continue the progress into the next race,” said the 22-year-old afterwards.
Rising star Parsons, who drives the #26 Audi R8 V10, took the opening stint in a Super GT race for the first time, describing it as a significant moment in his career. “It was pretty wild out there among the traffic but I did a good job, making up a lot of positions and having a lot of fun too!"
The 2014 AsiaCup champion stated before the event how much he was looking forward to racing on the challenging Autopolis circuit, and it seems didn’t disappoint. “It’s an extremely exciting track to drive, and the last sector in particular is very technical. I was able to learn during the practice sessions, becoming confident through those areas, so I was really happy with how I dialled in to and drove the track. It definitely lived up to expectation and it’s high up on my list of favourite circuits.”
Parsons continues to be a big hit with the passionate Super GT fans, both on and off track, signing large numbers of his limited-edition hero cards and caps during the event. The young Aussie was keen to thank his rapidly growing fan base for their support. “It’s amazing and humbling to see so many people and feel their support. Make sure you’re first in the queue during our autograph sessions to receive our exclusive fan giveaways at each race!”
Going in to the mid-season break, Parsons is feeling positive and confident after such a breakthrough event, making progress set-up wise with car, and experiencing tight battles from the start too. “I’m feeling comfortable having more experience through the various stages of the race now and I’m excited for what the rest of the year holds,” he explained.
Round four of the Autobacs Super GT championship takes place on July 22-23 at Sugo.