18-year-old Liverpool-based teenager Declan Jones grabbed another podium finish during the fourth event of the 2013 Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Snetterton last weekend (June 15-16).
Declan, who is making his debut in the series this year, travelled to the Norfolk-based circuit in confident mood, eager to score as many points as possible at the wheel of the Century Motorsport-run Ginetta G50 GT4 he shares with Zoe Wenham.
Although the weather conditions were tricky on Saturday, the duo went well in practice, posting the third best time in class in the second session.
They then maintained that form in qualifying, with Zoe taking fourth on the grid for race one (round five), while Declan took second for race two (round six), just 0.098 seconds off the class pole - although he would have been easily in front had he not been baulked by two GT3 cars.
Race day brought more success, with third place in the opening 1 hour affair, although it could have been second, but for a drive-through penalty, incurred after their pit stop was too quick, albeit by only a quarter of a second.
In the second 1 hour race, Declan started and immediately seized the class lead into the first corner. The Halewood Village-based youngster then maintained P1 and cleverly used the GT3 cars to build a cushion. However just prior to his stop, he was hit by a Ferrari Italia GT3. That incident cost them dear and they had to settle for fifth. It was a bitter blow, given a win looked all-but guaranteed.
It also costs Declan and Zoe the lead in the British GT4 Drivers' Championship, although it remains very close, with the gap to the new leaders, only 5 points (103.5 versus 108.5).
“It was a bit of a mixed bag this weekend. It is frustrating although it was still a strong showing and that is what we will focus on going forward,” Declan remarked.
“In the first race Zoe did well in her stint and we were looking good. However we ended up getting a drive-through penalty as our pit stop was a tad too quick. The penalty cost us something like 20 seconds and meant we had to settle for third.”