Jazeman Jaafar takes championship lead Kuala Lumpur, Sunday, May 06, 2007: A great start to the season for 14-year-old Malaysian driver Jazeman Jaafar who took two wins, a podium and another points finish in the first four rounds of the Formula...
Jazeman Jaafar takes championship lead
Kuala Lumpur, Sunday, May 06, 2007: A great start to the season for 14-year-old Malaysian driver Jazeman Jaafar who took two wins, a podium and another points finish in the first four rounds of the Formula BMW Asia series at the 2.9km version of Sepang in Malaysia. He beat a field of fifteen drivers from eleven nations.
Jazeman had already set the pace during the introductory test two weeks ago and again showed his true potential by toping the time sheets of each of the four races of the week-end.
Jazeman took victory in the first race ahead of his team mate. In the second race it was vice versa with James Grunwell taking his first win of the series and Jazeman coming home second.
The following day, starting from fourth on the grid, Jazeman made the mistake of jumping the start of race 3 together with his team mate who both shot off well before the red lights went out. Jazeman put in a stunning charge after serving his drive-through penalty and he quickly set off to reduce the gap to the leaders by clocking a series of hot laps including the fastest of the race in 1:06.731. The charge allowed Jazeman to climb up to sixth by lap 15 and had to settle for that position as the checkered flag dropped at the end of the race.
Even more dramatic was Race 4 when. Jazeman started from 6th On the grid and took four places in the first lap and went on to win again.
"In the first race, I had a good start but my hands were shaking as I saw a gap on the outside going into Turn 1. I knew that Zahir was defending on the inside against James and I saw my chance and took. it," explained Jazeman. "In the fourth race, it was great to win despite all the action. It was a fair fight with James and we are good friends so I don't think he will be too upset about that incident. I was suffering from a bit of oversteer which slowed my exit onto the main straight. However, I knew that I had a better handling car in the other parts of the circuit and I was not about to give up my position to anyone, even my team-mate."
"The Meritus team and I have worked hard to improve my driving style and the car set ups during the past six months and I am very confident for the championship this year, working with my engineer Danny and data coach Firhat Mokhzani and all the Meritus engineering team."
With two wins in the first four opening races of the Formula BMW Asia series, Jazeman now leads the championship with 161 points from India's Akhil Kushlani on 128 points and Indonesia's Zahir Ali who has 119 points despite only earning 1 point in the final race. In the nation's cup, Malaysia leads with 37 points from Indonesia with 25 and India on 24 points while Meritus Team has taken a commanding lead in the team classification with 326 points while Eurasia Motorsport has 225 points followed by Team Hlzer PFX with 175 points.
The next race will be hosted again by the Sepang F1 Circuit but the races will be held on 23rd and 24th June using the entire Formula 1 track.