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After a month’s break Jazeman Jaafar returns to racing action this weekend, heading to Budapest in Hungary for the penultimate round of the Blancpain Sprint Cup. Sharing the driving duties with Clemens Schmid, Jazeman’s regular partner in the Sprint Series, the duo will pilot the #85 HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3.

A packed grid of 36 cars, representing eight manufacturers will take to the Hungaroring for the one-hour Qualifying race and Main Race at this prestigious Formula 1 track, the first visit to this circuit for the Blancpain Sprint Series.

Jaafar-003 copyJazeman’s last outing was the Total 24 Hours of Spa, a gruelling race that produced a well-earned sixth place finish for the Malaysian driver and his team mates. Jazeman is eager to get back out on track and  have a strong weekend of racing. He says, “I can’t wait to be back behind the wheel, it feels like a long time since Spa, so it will be great to be racing again.”

Speaking of the Hungaroring circuit Jazeman says, “I’ve raced at this track in Formula Renault 3.5 Series and have had strong results there so I have very good memories of Budapest. I’m expecting to be able to use my track knowledge to my advantage, particularly at the start of the weekend, as I can get straight on to developing the car set up without having to take any laps to learn the track. It’s quite a technical track and it’s quite fast too, so I think we’ll see plenty of wheel to wheel racing I’m sure with over 36 cars on the asphalt it will be very busy. This makes for exciting racing, but adds to the challenge for the faster cars – and I expect to be one of those faster cars.”

The weekend follows the regular format for the Blancpain Sprint Series with two practice sessions on Friday (26 August), three qualifying sessions on Saturday morning and the qualifying race later on Saturday afternoon. A 20 minutes warm–up on Sunday morning precedes the one-hour main race at lunchtime on Sunday. All the sessions will be shown live on the Blancpain GT Series website, www.blancpain-gt-series.com and highlights are shown on Fox Sports 3 Asia. Check local listings for details.

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