PETALING JAYA — Malaysian racing driver Jazeman Jaafar has signed with 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 from the iconic British car manufacturer.
“I’m very proud to get this deal with McLaren GT and having a place at the Driver Academy,” said
“It has been an ambition to be part of a factory programme and joining McLaren is a real privilege. They produce beautifully engineered supercars and it will be a great opportunity to drive the race car.”
The Kuala Lumpur-born Jazeman is keen to be back on track.
“I’ve already had the chance to drive the 650S and it was impressive, so I’m eager to put more laps in before the start of the season,” he said.
“I’m also looking forward to working with Strakka Racing team.
“The Blancpain Series is probably the most competitive sportscar series in the world, so it’ll be a very exciting.”
Jazeman is entering his second full season of sportscar racing, after a successful first year when he finished runner-up in the Blancpain Endurance Series driving with HTP Motorsport.
Jazeman’s return to the challenging premier sportscar series with Strakka Racing and McLaren GT started yesterday at the official test for the Series at Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France.
The Blancpain Endurance Series features five Formula 1-rated circuits, starting in Monza, Italy, then moving to the United Kingdom for a round at the home of British motorsport, Silverstone. The next round is at Paul Ricard circuit, before the teams head to Spa in Belgium for the ultimate endurance test, the 24-Hour race.
The series concludes with the final round at Catalunya Circuit in Barcelona. The championship features three, three-hour races, one six-hour race and one 24-hour race.
Each event includes two practice sessions, three qualifying sessions (one per driver) plus the main race, with three drivers per car.