Wednesday September 5, 2012
Title-chaser Jazeman racing against time to come out tops
KUALA LUMPUR: Jazeman Jaafar is looking for race victories at the Silverstone circuit this weekend in the penultimate round of the British F3 International Series.
The young Malaysian is in third place in the drivers’ championship – with only 20 points separating him from the leader, Carlin team-mate Jack Harvey and second placed driver Felix Serralles of Puerto Rico. All three are still in with a chance of taking the title.
Jazeman has visited the British F3 podium on 10 occasions from 22 race starts.
His impressive form has put him in the thick of the title chase and he is hungry for more race wins after his victories in Pau, France, and Rockingham, United Kingdom.
“It’s a circuit I love racing on as it is fast flowing and has plenty of challenging corners and I’ve had some good results there. British F3 has been a very open championship this year and there are plenty of good drivers up against me, not least my four team-mates, so I have to give my best every time I’m in the car,” said the Petronas Talent Programme driver.
“With only six races to go in the championship, there’s no time to lose in getting more podiums and, ideally, race wins and I need more of these if I am to come out on top.
“My first goal is to overhaul Felix, who is 16 points ahead of me, then I’ll go after Jack who’s a further four points ahead.”
The Silverstone circuit layout used for the British F3 Series is the same one used for the Formula 1 championship, with a long lap of 5.9km.
“It’s great that we race on exactly the same track as the F1 drivers as we can gain experience for the future goal of being on the grid in the ultimate racing series.”
All the drivers will have a chance to practice at the circuit tomorrow with qualifying on Saturday morning followed by the first race in the afternoon. The second race is on Sunday.