27 Nov 2012

Macau Grand Prix rounds off the season

Jazeman has had a little less hectic time since the end of his British F3 season, with just one race weekend left, the Macau Grand Prix, held last weekend.

The British F3 season closed with an awards night earlier this month and it was time to celebrate.  The young Malaysian was joined by his mum, dad and some PETRONAS guests for the evening and it was a great end to a fantastic season.  Jazeman also won another trophy, ‘Master of the Year’ which he’s particularly proud of, as it was won through public voting. Jazeman says to his fans, “thank you to everyone who voted, I couldn’t have won this award without you!

“I won the ‘Master of the Weekend’ trophy at Silverstone when the judges decide to select me for my ‘calm, clean racing and outstanding effort to improve’.  So I was then up against all the other winners from each race weekend for the overall title and there was some stiff competition, but I have a strong fan base and they supported me right to the end, thank you!”

Jazeman’s return to the Macau Grand Prix was his third year ofrunning in this prestigious event. The British F3 2012 Vice-Champion opted to race with the Japanese PETRONAS TEAM TOM’S this year, his first drive with the team.

He says, “I love racing at Macau. It’s the nearest race to home for me, as my British F3 campaign has been in Europe, so that makes it even more special.  The track is very challenging. Racing on street circuits is always very different than purpose-built tracks, where there are wide run-offs, and usually a fair distance between the car and the barriers, but here there is little margin for error as the barriers are close alongside you all the way round the lap. It also means that the crowd are much closer as well, so the atmosphere is amazing too”.

“It was a very strong grid of drivers this year, with the champions and front-runners from all the major F3 championships around the world coming together for the event.  This makes it one of the most-wanted titles at this level of racing.  It was a tough week, but a really good experience. Working with TOM’S was great. They are a very professional, very experienced Japanese manufacturer team with Toyota and were a great bunch of guys.  We struggled with grip at the start of the weekend and then were playing catch-up for the rest of the time.  I didn’t get the results I wanted but working with a different team than Carlin, learning from working with different engineers and getting more experience is invaluable to me, and I really appreciated my time with the TOM’S guys, they are a great bunch.”

Jazeman was 19th on the grid for the qualifying race and he finished in this position after the 10 lap distance. In the main feature race he built on this to finish in 16th place.

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