06 March 2012

Jazeman quickest in opening British F3 test session

Jazeman Jaafar topped the timesheets today in the first group test of the year for the 2012 International British F3 Series held at Snetterton race circuit in Norfolk. Posting the fastest lap time of the day in the afternoon session, Jaafar was over two tenths of a second clear of his closest rival, Carlin team mate, Jack Harvey. Jaafar and the rest of the British F3 field at the test were debuting the new-for-2012 Dallara F312 chassis and the young Malaysian showed he had quickly got to grips with the new car.

PETRONAS-supported driver, Jaafar, said of today’s performance, “It couldn’t have been a better start to pre-season testing for me. I thought we could be quick today and we were. To be quickest on the first day is a really good feeling. We have had a really productive day, putting plenty of mileage on the car and starting to learn about its characteristics.

“I’ve been working on all aspects of my race programme over the winter – fitness training, simulator work, preparations with my driving coach and engineers, as well as working closely with everyone at Carlin – and I feel that this has really paid off with the performance we had today.”

Jaafar has focused on preparations for his 2012 race programme over the winter months, including intensive fitness training and spending plenty of time with the team in the simulator to keep his driving skills honed.

The Dallara F312 chassis has brought a new challenge for Jaafar and the Carlin team, with no historical data to draw on to develop the setup of the car. As Jaafar explains, “We’ve started with a blank sheet of paper in terms of car set up, so it has been a very exciting day to work with my engineers to develop the car and maximise its performance potential, understanding how it reacts with old and new tyres and how set up changes affect the balance.

“Each run we made today we learnt more about the car and I gained experience of handling it with different tyre wear and in different track conditions and we collected plenty of useful data which we can review to look for further performance improvements tomorrow. Ending the day with the fastest lap time has just capped a really good day of running and I can’t wait to get back in the car tomorrow for more time behind the wheel. “

This first pre-season test concludes tomorrow and Jaafar will then move on to Rockingham next week for a further two days of preparation for the opening round of the British F3 season which will be held at Oulton Park circuit over the UK’s Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

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