28 Dec 2011

A look back at 2011

Jazeman has had another highly successful season of racing and reflects on a year in which he has made a stride forward in his motor racing career. He combined a second season of competing in the British F3 International Series with racing in the new-for-2011 FIA Formula 3 International Trophy, posting impressive results throughout the year.

Four podiums, 18 top five finishes and 23 top 10 finishes in British F3, with only one non-finish demonstrate the potential of Jazeman  and signify a bright future ahead for him.  The FIA Formula 3 International Trophy, bringing together an eight race calendar of prestigious F3 events, added to the challenge for 2011. With one podium in Spa and four top ten finishes from his eight starts, the 19-year-old driver proved he was a strong competitor at the top level of F3.

Jazeman says of his 2011 season, “I’m very pleased with my performance this year and I’ve benefited from running in two series to maximise the racing opportunities through the season.  I’ve only been racing in Europe for four years which is a relatively short time compared to many of my rivals so I feel that I’ve acquitted myself well. I moved from 12th in the British F3 championship in 2010 to sixth this year, against some very strong competition, and not least, my five team mates.  I don’t think I’ve had such a close season of racing as I’ve had this year, when I’ve ran comfortably in the top five or six in nearly every track session of every race weekend.

“Looking back on the year the highlight has to be the first F3 race weekend of the year in Monza.  A second place finish in the first race was a great feeling, and then going on to a fifth in the second race and third place in the third race just capped it off. It put me second in the championship, which put me on a high and gave me bags of confidence for the next round at Oulton Park. More strong results including another podium kept me in second place in the overall standings and I was very buoyed by this excellent start to the year.

“My performances mid-season maintained the momentum, with plenty of top five finishes and battling with the front-runners each race. I think some of the results don’t really reflect the pace I had in the races and they don’t show just how close I was to claiming many more podium finishes, but that’s the nature of the sport. I know just how competitive each and every lap of the races were and I know that I have the ability to race to more podiums and to keep improving as I gain experience and develop my race skills.

“The one thing that is missing from my results this season is a win. I’ve been close a number of times, but I just didn’t manage to climb to the top step.  I know it will come and I will now have to be patient until next season when I start racing again, but it is very important to me; it is the goal every time I go out on track, whether it is to be P1 in a practice session, take pole in qualifying or pass the chequered flag first in the race. I’m confident I’ll be back out in 2012 ready to take on the challenge of winning each time out.”

Jazeman is enjoying the traditional ‘off-season’ of European motor racing, with a quick trip home to Kuala Lumpur in December. He is continuing his fitness training in preparation for next season, as well as reviewing his options for the 2012 race programme.

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