Southwater racer Jolyon aiming high ahead of GP2 opening weekend

2012 GP2 Series Testing. 'Jerez, Spain. Tuesday 28th February 2012. 'Day 1. 'Jolyon Palmer (GBR, iSport International). Portrait.'World Copyright: Alastair Staley/ GP2 Series Media Service.'Ref: Digital Image AS5D1147.jpg
2012 GP2 Series Testing. 'Jerez, Spain. Tuesday 28th February 2012. 'Day 1. 'Jolyon Palmer (GBR, iSport International). Portrait.'World Copyright: Alastair Staley/ GP2 Series Media Service.'Ref: Digital Image AS5D1147.jpg

GP2 DRIVER Jolyon Palmer is aiming to get his season off to a flying start this weekend with a podium finish during the opening rounds of the season in Malaysia.

Jolyon, who lives in Southwater, will contest his second full season of the F1 feeder series this year with the iSport team, following a promising rookie campaign in 2011 with Arden.

Racing on the same bill as the Formula One World Championship, Jolyon joins a field of 26 top international drivers for rounds one and two on March 24 and 25 at the Sepang circuit.

The 21-year-old, who ended last year by securing a superb maiden podium at the GP2 Finals event in Abu Dhabi, has been preparing for the new season with a rigorous training and testing regime.

Jolyon has completed six days of testing in Jerez and Barcelona this year, where he impressed against a highly competitive field to finish fifth and ninth fastest overall respectively.

Jolyon said: “Pre-season testing was very encouraging and we showed we have the pace to compete at the front this year.

“I’m aiming for a top three finish in the championship which is a tough challenge as there are always top quality drivers in GP2. However, with a year’s experience already under my belt and running with a top team like iSport I think it’s achievable.

“I’m very excited to be travelling to Malaysia for the first time and I aim to be battling for podium finishes this weekend.”

Full coverage of Jolyon’s opening rounds from Malaysia, including live timing, will be available on his official website www.jolyonpalmer.com

Both GP2 races will be screened live in the UK on the Sky Sports F1 channel.