19-year-old Jaafar had a productive day of testing at Oulton Park, the final day of pre-season preparations for the ten-round British F3 championship, and also the venue which will host the opening race weekend of the year.
“Putting in the quickest lap of the day was a great way to finish up pre-season testing and I was pleased to have got the best from my tyres. I didn’t put new tyres on for the afternoon session as many other drivers did, but still finished up fourth quickest, so we’re looking good.
“From the first test to this one, we’ve learnt a tremendous amount and have got to grips with the car, understanding more about its handling characteristics each time we’ve hit the track and today we’ve been able to fine tune our set up and plan for the first race weekend. We’ve put plenty of mileage on the car as well, but it’s never enough and I’m sure we’ll continue to learn and improve throughout the season.”
The PETRONAS-supported driver has been a front-runner throughout 2012 testing, finishing quickest at the opening test in Snetterton, backing this up with a timesheet-topping performance at Rockingham, then second quickest at Silverstone, before leading the way at Oulton Park today.
Jaafar summed up his preparations for his third season of British F3 competition, saying, “I’ve really enjoyed developing the new Dallara F3 car with Carlin and my engineer. We’ve put a lot of work in over the last few months since the new car arrived at Carlin’s HQ and each time we’ve been out testing we’ve been able to get under the skin of the machine and make steps forward. Of course, testing is one thing and racing is another. I have four other quick team mates, as well as competition from the other teams; with 29 races ahead of us there’s only one thing guaranteed and that is that there will be a close fight between all the drivers every time we get to the grid.”
The first round of the British F3 International Series takes place at Oulton Park at Easter weekend, with the first race on April 6th and the second and third races on April 7th.