GAME ON: Result keeps title hopes alive
ANOTHER podium finish in the second race weekend of the British F3 International Series in Monza, Italy, saw Jazeman Firhan Jaafar dropping to third in the championship but remains in the title hunt.
Jazeman, 19, opened the weekend strongly with a third place in the first of three races, then backed that up with fourth places in the following two races.
Having run smoothly through practice sessions ahead of qualifying, with sixth and fourth fastest laps in the two sessions, the first one in wet conditions and the second one in the dry.
Petronas-backed Jazeman was even fastest among his Carlin Motorsport teammates.
He then clocked fourth fastest in qualifying, which was his grid position for the third race on Sunday.
His second fastest lap ranked seventh and was his grid position for the first race on Saturday which turned wet just after the start, forcing Jazeman to pit for wet tyres.
Jazeman returned in seventh spot and battled his way up to the podium.
The final race was also held in wet conditions and Jazeman did well to maintain his fourth grid position from start to finish.
"The weather has been horrendous, just never letting up which hasn't made it very easy, particularly in the races when you really need as much visibility as possible," said Jazeman when contacted.
"It's been a good weekend.
"I've put in solid performances and been rewarded with strong results, including my third podium in six races."
He added: "Scoring strong points has kept my title hopes on track.
"It's very tight at the top of the championship table with just a few points separating us.
"I feel I'm improving each time I'm out on track and that's always the benchmark for me.
"I'm still learning about the car, and I'm sure that will be the case all season.
"But as I gain the experience. I expect to be gaining ground and pushing even harder."
Jazeman returns to the track next month when the series continues at the historical Pau circuit in France on May 11-12.
Jazeman is third in the championship with 65 points, just one adrift of Puerto Rico's Felix Serralles.
Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr now leads the title race with 74 points.
Malaysia's other entry, Fahmi Ilyas, dropped to 13th in the standings from ninth after finishing ninth in Race One and 10th in both other races in Monza.