Jazeman to race for iconic British manufacturer this year

Best Driver and Rider of the Year Jazeman Jaafar and Khairul Idham Pawi posing with their trophy and BRM Chronographes watch during the SIC-Motorsports Association of Malaysia Awards 2016. . -- M. Azhar Arif/The Star 13 Feb 2017

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Jazeman Jaafar (pic) has been signed to the McLaren GT Driver Academy and will race in the Blancpain Endurance Series this year.

Jazeman will drive one of the four Strakka Racing McLaren 650S GT3 cars alongside fellow factory drivers of this iconic British car brand.

Jazeman is entering his second full season of sportscar racing after a successful first year, when he finished runner-up with HTP Motorsport.

His return to the challenging premier sportscar series with Strakka Racing and McLaren GT starts with the official testing taking place at Paul Ricard Circuit in France today.

The two-day testing will be Jazeman’s second outing in the McLaren 650S GT3, with the 24-year-old having first sampled the model late last year in a test session in Valencia, Spain.

“It has been my ambition to be part of a factory programme and joining McLaren GT is a real privilege for me. This truly British car manufacturer produces the most beautifully engineered supercars and to be driving the racing version is going to be a fantastic opportunity,” said Jazeman.

“I had the chance to drive the 650S and it was certainly impressive, so I’m keen to get back out on the track and put more laps in before the start of the season.

“The Blancpain Series is very competitive, probably the most competitive sportscar series in the world, with all the top names in sportscars represented on the grid. So, it’ll be a very exciting year ahead.”

The Blancpain Endurance Series features five Formula One-rated circuits starting in Monza, Italy, next month.

The championship features three three-hour races, one six-hour race and one 24-Hour race.

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