19 June 2013

Off to Russia for the first time

Leading Malaysian international racing driver, Jazeman Jaafar has left his UK base for his first visit to Russia and the fifth round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, which will be held this weekend at the capital’s Moscow Raceway.



The Series visited the recently built Russian race track for the first time last year, so Jazeman’s race team, Carlin, have experience of the circuit and collected useful data from the event. Many of the drivers in this year’s championship are returnees to it, so have already had first-hand knowledge of the circuit.

PETRONAS Talent Programme driver, Jazeman, says of the next challenge, “I’m happiest when I’m in the cockpit of a race car so I’m looking forward to my trip to Russia and experiencing the Moscow Raceway circuit. It may be a slight advantage for many of the other drivers who have already raced there, but I’m confident that I can be competitive. It takes a few laps to learn the configuration, its characteristics and the lines around the track, but it will definitely take me the first practice session to get to grips with it. Once I’ve settled in, I will then work with my Carlin engineering team to develop the car set up and prepare for the qualifying session.”

Jazeman moved up to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series this season, having competed in British F3 for three years and is quickly making his mark. He says of the championship, “We’ll be halfway through the season at Moscow and it has flown by. I’m comfortable with the start I’ve made and have been competitive, particularly within the field of rookie drivers – I’ve been on the rookie podium at every event so far, which is encouraging. At the last round in Spa I qualified third for the first race, which was very strong and I’m looking to repeat this level of performance in Moscow.”

The Moscow Raceway event is the furthest east that the Formula Renault 3.5 Series travels and promises to be an exciting weekend. With a weather forecast which features plenty of rain, conditions will play a key role and as Jazeman explains, “A new track is challenging enough, but throw in some very unpredictable weather and you have your work cut out. I relish the chance to pit my wits against the weather, an unknown track and a field of very good drivers, so I have a spring in my step at the moment.”

The Moscow Raceway weekend begins on Friday with the practice sessions ahead of qualifying on Saturday morning and the first of the two races in the afternoon. Qualifying for the second race will be held on Sunday morning and the final race on Sunday afternoon.  The races will be shown on Eurosport, check listings for details. Live timing is available on the World Series by Renault website at www.worldseriesbyrenault.fr


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