A fourth place finish in the first race, fifth place in the second race and a storming drive from a tenth position start to fourth place at the chequered flag in the third and final race at Brands Hatch in Kent over the weekend has kept Jazeman Jaafar in the championship hunt of the 2011 Cooper Tires Formula 3 International Series after four events.

The first race on Saturday afternoon featured ever-changing weather conditions. The race started on a wet track, after a sudden shower just before the cars went to the grid, with all the teams opting to start on wet tyres.

Jaafar, one of the six drivers racing with the championship-winning Carlin team, maintained position in the first half of the race and then, along with the majority of the drivers, opted to pit for slick tyres when the track dried. The Petronas-backed Malaysian dropped to seventh after his stop, but fought back to cross the line in fourth place.

The second race of the weekend, in dry conditions, saw Jaafar off the line cleanly and into sixth position, but a start line shunt behind brought out the safety car for five laps to clear the stricken cars. Having used up half the time available for racing, it left few laps for Jaafar to improve on his position, and in the end he finished fifth.

In the last race, a torrential shower prior to the start meant wet tyres, and Jaafar once again showed his prowess in the wet conditions – starting in tenth, he’d moved up to eighth spot by the end of lap one and was up to sixth by half distance, eventually finishing fourth.

“It’s been a good weekend, but all three races were pretty tricky, especially the last one when we had a torrential downpour in the middle of it, so I’m pleased with that result and to have finished all three races in the top five,” said Jaafar. “I’m lying fourth in the overall drivers’ championship, just one point off Carlos Huertas in third, so we’re mixing it at the front.”

The fifth of ten events in the British F3 International Series takes place at the Nurburging on July 2–3.