05 June 2018

Productive Le Mans test in France

Jazeman Jaafar’s first taste of the famed Le Mans 24 Hours circuit in Le Sarthe, France, was a memorable experience for the talented racer. “I had the widest grin imaginable,” he said after completing his first laps of the 11-mile track.

37 JAAFAR Jazeman (mys), WEIRON Tan (mys), JEFFRI Nabil (mys), Oreca 07 Gibson team Jackie Chan DC racing, action during the 2018 Le Mans 24 hours test day, on June 3 at Le Mans circuit, France - Photo DPPI

 

The 23-year-old Malaysian driver will be making his Le Mans debut this year and Sunday’s test day was the first opportunity for him to sample the track, with his only previous experience a simulator session, part of the mandatory training for all Le Mans 24 Hours debutants.

Jazeman is driving with the Jackie Chan DC Racing team, piloting the #37 Oreca 07 LMP2 race car and sharing it with fellow compatriots, Nabil Jeffri and Weiron Tan, a Malaysian trio supported by Sepang International Circuit. The first all-Malaysian team to compete at Le Mans, all three drivers were behind the wheel during the test.

The morning session saw Jazeman take to the track first of the three drivers and after a reconnaissance lap, not only for Jazeman to learn the circuit but also to check the car systems, he was back in the pits for the team to make initial set up changes. Jazeman then went back out for a multi-lap stint. With 11 miles of track and 133 turns to master and limited track time available, Jazeman had little time to get to grips with the challenge of the circuit. After completing 8 laps Jazeman handed the car over to Weiron for his first experience of the Le Mans track.

Jazeman had a second session behind the wheel of the #37 Oreca LMP2 in the afternoon’s running and was able to begin developing the car set up to improve its balance and pace for the track conditions. Over the course of the day his lap times dropped, finally finishing the quickest of the three drivers and eleventh in class.

Jazeman said of the test:” Wow, what a track! When every lap is nearly three times as long as a Sepang lap and takes over 3 minutes to complete, it’s a very different experience than anything I’ve had before. And what an experience – there are so many highlights, with the Porsche Curve, Arnage, Esses, Dunlop Curve, Mulsanne Straight and Tertre Rouge all being very technical sections to get right. Putting the perfect lap together is a real challenge and one I’ve loved. I might have done 24 laps over the day, but I just want more time as there is so much to learn and each time you go out there is more improvement to make.”

Jazeman will return to the Le Mans track in under a week, preparing for the toughest race of his career so far.

 

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