10 May 2011

Jazeman Jaafar prepares for Snetterton British F3 visit

Jazeman Jaafar will return to the cockpit this weekend, driving his Carlin F3 car in the third round of the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series at Snetterton circuit in Norfolk.

Lying joint second in the Drivers’ Championship, Jaafar is keen to continue the momentum of the new season, with podium finishes at both the first two events and a strong points haul to keep him riding high.

PETRONAS-backed Jaafar has stood on the podium in three of the six British F3 races this season and is aiming to make this a regular feature of his race weekends. He says, “My second season of British F3 was off to a good start in Monza, with a second place in the first race and I’ve been able to have strong finishes in all my races which has put me in the title race from the start.”

The Snetterton race weekend features a revised circuit layout for British F3, with the new ‘Snetterton 300’ hosting its first international race series weekend.  A multi-million pound redevelopment of the Norfolk circuit has created a 2.99 miles track, with the layout drawing inspiration from many of the world’s greatest motorsport circuits, one of which is the Canadian Grand Prix venue in Montreal.

Circuit owner, Motorsport Vision’s Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer used the exact dimensions of its Casino Hairpin in turn two of the new configuration, which is reflected in its new moniker, Montreal.
Jaafar, alongside the field of British F3 drivers, tested at the new circuit last month to gain track knowledge ahead of the race weekend. He says of it, “It’s a great track to drive with some very tricky corners. It really tests your set up skills as well as driving ability, as there are so many different types of corner and you need to get your braking right for each one to put together a really good lap.”

“I’ve been preparing on the simulator at Carlin and reviewing the test data with my engineer, so that we’ll be as ready as we can be for the weekend. I’m keen to get back on track again, after a week or so away, and hope the weather is kind to us so that we can have plenty of good racing.”

The race weekend allows for two one hour practice sessions on Friday 13 May: 1000-1100 and 1345-1445. On Saturday 14 May qualifying will be from 1040-1110, with the first of the three races at;1455 (30 mins). Sunday 15 May will host the final two races: 1055 Round 8 (20 mins) and 1615 Round 9 (40 mins), all times local.

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