Jaafar is racing for the championship winning Carlin team for his second season in the British F3 Series and enjoyed a strong start to his campaign at Monza, with three top five finishes, including two podiums which have put him second in the Drivers Championship.
The Oulton Park event straddles the traditional UK Easter Bank Holiday weekend, with practice, qualifying and the first race taking place on Saturday and the final two races on Monday. The Cheshire circuit is a regular fixture on the British F3 calendar and will be Jaafar’s second race weekend at the venue, having raced there in his first season of F3 last year.
The PETRONAS-backed driver says of the track, “It’s a fast, flowing circuit with plenty of challenges. It’s fairly undulating with a good mix of corners, and I particularly like Cascades and Druids. Oulton Park was the first race weekend of the season last year, so it was the venue for my first British F3 race and it brought me my first top ten finish.”
Looking ahead to the weekend, the 18-year-old Malaysian is hoping for three strong performances, ”The first aim for the weekend is to qualify well, as it is not an easy track to overtake on, so grid position will be all-important. My focus will then be on three strong scores in the races. We tested here last month and that day was used to develop our set ups, so we have a baseline to work from, although the track will be different with the warmer temperatures and more rubber down from the GT cars which race during the weekend as well.”
The Oulton Park round of the British F3 International Series will feature three British F3 races, the first on Saturday 23rd April and the second and third races on Monday 25th April. The action can be followed on www.tsl-timing.com, with live timing for each track session.