28 May 2014

Off to Belgium for next round of racing

Leading Malaysian racing driver, Jazeman Jaafar, has had little time to reflect on his superb podium finish at last weekend’s Monaco round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. This weekend he’ll be back out on track for the fourth event of the nine round season, racing at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium.


 Jazeman, a PETRONAS Talent Development driver, finished third on the streets of Monaco, but the Spa circuit presents a very different challenge for the 21-year-old driver. This Belgian track, one of the most historic tracks in the world, with the original circuit dating back to 1922, is one of the fastest, longest tracks on the calendar.

Jazeman says of the circuit, “I’ve just left one of my favourite street circuits – Monaco – and arrived at the great Spa-Francorchamps track, an awesome track which is great fun to drive. It’s the sort of track where you need to be fearless, as there are blind crests, long high-speed corners and the very famous Eau Rouge section which need plenty of fast, accurate driving to get the best laps.

“I’m still on a high after a great Monaco event,” adds Jazeman, “and  I’m holding on to the confidence I have in myself and the car, with total determination to keep the momentum flowing through the Spa weekend. I need to keep pushing and rack up lots more points.  There’s nothing like standing on a podium to put you in the best frame of mind to go racing again.”

With the Renault Formula 3.5 Series headlining the World Series by Renault event, the Spa weekend is always heavily supported. Of course there is one very unpredictable factor to add into the equation and that’s the weather. As Jazeman says,

“Spa seems to have its own micro-climate as it can be so different to the surrounding areas. You also find it can be different weather in different parts of the circuit – and when the lap is pretty long, if you’re on the wrong tyres at the wrong time, the pits can seem a long way from you! To get the best performance at this track it really is a team effort with the engineers and I working on getting the car set up for the conditions, the track and the changing weather.”

The Spa round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series starts on Friday with two practice sessions, qualifying and the first race on Saturday, another qualifying session and the second race on Sunday. Check the Eurosport website for the latest TV schedule.


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