Malaysian takes British F3 lead after win at Rockingham


PETALING JAYA: Jazeman Jaafar claimed an undisputed race victory in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby on Saturday to take the championship lead.

The 19-year-old Petronas talent programme driver seized control of the race on the startline and made a quick getaway in his Volkswagen-powered Carlin Dallara from third on the grid to fly past pole man Jack Harvey.

Jazeman was quick to put clean air between himself and his pursuers, making no errors in the ensuing 22 laps and crossed the line 2.1s ahead to follow up on his victory in Pau, France, last month.

“It’s incredible. I don’t know how to sum it up in a sentence.

“It’s an amazing feeling to lead right from the start and stay consistent and not make any mistakes for the whole race. The start was great, there wasn’t so much grip on my side of the track but I was ready to go. Then I saw Jack had a poor start and I went for it and dived up his inside,” said Jazeman, who started from third on the grid after a highly competitive qualifying session.

“I’m on a big high now. I’ve been on the podium every race weekend, both in the British F3 and F3 Euro series.

“With two British F3 wins and one in F3 Euro Series, I’ve been a regular visitor to the podium this season and it feels great.

“It’s also really important to be leading the championship but I’m very aware that there is a long way to go as we’re not even at the halfway mark yet.”

He will be starting from eighth place due to the reverse grid format for the second race.

Jazeman leads the British F3 championship with 121 points, followed by team-mate Carlos Sainz, who sits on 106 points.

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