As the Autobacs Super GT series reaches its showcase event, the internationally renowned Suzuka 1000km, talented Australian driver Jake Parsons is prepared for and relishing the challenges ahead.
“I’m really looking forward to experiencing my first Suzuka 1000km. It’s such a prestigious event, attracting drivers from around the world, including Jenson Button. It’s going to be an amazing feeling, lining up on the grid alongside the 2009 Formula 1 champion.’ explained the 22-year-old.
At twice the length of the longest race so far this season, round six of the ultra-competitive Japanese series will present unique challenges to the teams and drivers. Due to the increased race distance, Parsons, and his teammate Shinnosuke Yamada, will be joined in the #26 Taisan SARD GT300 Audi R8 by another former F1 driver, Christian Klien, for the weekend.
“I think team strategy is going to be crucial here, with so much more to co-ordinate, especially as we have to make a minimum of five pitstops during the race. Our tyre choice, race strategies and driver changes will be important to get right, but we’re all preparing and working hard together to get the best result.” added the 2014 AsiaCup champion.
Parsons is also looking forward to racing at the 18-turn, 3.607m (5.807km) Suzuka circuit, one of his personal favourites. “Suzuka has so much to offer, it’s the full package. A real driver’s circuit, with technical areas, long sweeping turns, fast straights and overtaking opportunities. It’s the perfect place to hold such a major event.”
Although the young Australian hasn’t competed in the Suzuka 1000km before, he feels driving in the Bathurst 12 hour race earlier this year has given him vital experience and confidence going into this weekend’s gruelling endurance battle. “I learnt a lot about the endurance format, but also about maximising your time in the car.”
Looking ahead to the weekend, Parsons added, “Suzuka is going to be an amazing event for us all. I genuinely can’t wait to get out on track, soak it all in and keep pushing forward with the team.”
Round six of the Autobacs Super GT, the Suzuka 1000km, takes place on 26-27 August at Suzuka International Circuit. You can follow all the action live on NISMO TV via You Tube.