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Jordan King Looks Ahead To The 2014 Season
Posted by: newsla on Mar 27, 2014 - 04:28 PM
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Jordan King Looks Ahead To The 2014 Season


2013 British Formula Three Champion Jordan King will take on his second season in the highly competitive FIA Formula Three European Championship this year. Finishing as top rookie in 2013 the British racer is aiming for full championship honours when the season gets underway next month.

 

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We caught up with Jordan to find out how he’s been preparing, what his aspirations are for 2014 and what he gets up to when the season ends.

You’re on the brink of starting your second season in the FIA Formula Three European Championship, how vital is it to have the knowledge from last year as you head into a new season?

I think the biggest difference this year is that I know how the car works and what to expect. During the first season you have to learn the ins and outs of the car and there are a million and one things you can change depending on what feeling you’re getting back. So that obviously takes some time to get used to however once you take the time to learn you start to understand why things are doing what they do and therefore you can move forward at a faster rate as communicating these changes becomes easier as well.

You continue with Mark [Owen, F3 Engineer] this season, does it help to have that continuity?

Yes, because you build a relationship and soon enough the engineering side of things becomes so much simpler and you’re therefore able to solve things together. We know each other well now after a year of working together and can communicate easily what needs tweaking – so certainly, not starting from afresh is a good thing this year.

How nice was it to have gone into winter with a fantastic result from Macau and then use the time for yourself again?

To finish the season on a high is always a good incentive to continue to push throughout the winter – there’s no time to linger around though you just have to move forward as much as you can through testing and fitness ready for the upcoming season.
It’s always nice to be able to use the break to work on your fitness as you often find that during the season you don’t improve because you don’t have the time to; so to be able to properly work on it is nice however nothing beats being in the car.

The organisers have now created a specific rookie classification, among other new changes, but what are your aims for this year.

I need to get my own backdated trophy for that! But seriously I think the championship is the aim for me. We finished as top rookie last year so we’re looking to move up from that position and constantly improve. We put a lot of effort in last year and I certainly think we can hit the ground running to challenge for the championship.

There are a few new tracks on the calendar this season, what, if any, experience do you have on them?

I’ve actually raced in Russia before with the Formula Renault 2.0 Championship however that was two years ago so while it’s not a massive gain at least it’s not completely new to me. The same goes for Hungary so really the only one I don’t know well is Pau.
Last year everything was completely new – there were so many tracks I hadn’t raced on however now we can concentrate on other important aspects of the race weekend knowing that I have some experience of these tracks.

And in terms of the other drivers, who do you see as your biggest competition?

It’s always hard to say because the championship is so competitive anyway. You can normally tell after the first couple of races because it’s in those races where you have to finish in the points and make a mark ready for the rest of the year. However it’s a really tough one to call. Yes, there are names that do stand out in your mind, but you never really know until the season starts.

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