Jazeman Jaafar continued his tough season as the sole driver for the ISR Racing team at the Paul Ricard circuit in France, but put in a good performance to take home fifth place in race two on Sunday. Unfortunately for the Malaysian driver, his opening race was over on the opening lap after a collision.
Jaafar qualified ninth on Saturday, but was tapped into a spin on the opening lap causing him to retire on the spot. He had tried going four wide into the opening corner but ultimately was unsuccessful.
On Sunday, the Malaysian driver took an impressive fourth on the grid, and climbed to third at the start and briefly attacked Pierre Gasly in his Arden Motorsport machine before dropping away from the Frenchman. Jaafar lost a place to Oliver Rowland of Fortec Motorsports in the pit stops and then another to championship contender Roberto Merhi of Zeta Corse after them before holding off Matthieu Vaxiviere of Lotus for fifth until the chequered flag and ten more points.
“That was a tough race,” said Jaafar. “But it felt great to be back at the front and racing in the top five. The early part of the weekend has had its ups and downs, so today, with a good qualifying session and a strong points finish, is what I needed.
“This isn’t an easy track to pass on, but I tried wherever I could to get past Merhi, but he made his car very wide and with this, as well as the tyre degradation. I just couldn’t make any of the challenges stick. It was great to have the car underneath me to be racing hard like that.
“Now I want to finish the season on a high note in Jerez later this month”.
Jaafar currently sits eighth in the Drivers’ championship on 73 points, scoring all of ISR Racing’s points as they sit seventh in the Teams’ championship.