Adam Jones says he is looking to try and secure his maiden victory in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season as he heads into his first year with the Cartridge World Carbon Zero Racing team.
Jones enjoyed a strong season in 2008 with his GR Asia-run SEAT Leon, taking a number of overall podium finishes as he took the fight to Colin Turkington and Mat Jackson for the Independents' title.
For 2009, Jones will continue to campaign the Leon but now running on bio-ethanol with the CVR-run team, and he said he was hopeful that the outfit would give him the package with which to fight for victory.
“I was approached by Colin Neill about running with them this season and it took some thinking and some working out to see what we could do,” he told Crash.net
when asked how the deal came about. “I would only do it if there was a chance of winning, I wouldn't be a part of something that is a no-goer. They have put a lot of effort and commitment into it and I can only look forward to seeing what we can do together. There are a lot of guys here who are familiar with the car and we have a lot of victories between us, so there is no reason why we can't do a good job.”
Jones added that he was looking to try and fight for the Independents' title during the season ahead with the Leon, and said one of his main goals was to take to the top step of the podium for the first time.
“You always have to have an eye on the bigger picture and the big trophies are what you want,” he said. “Everyone wants that but you also have to look at the Independents' title as a more realistic goal. Vauxhall are a big team and have done it with their eyes closed and there are the BMWs as well [for the overall crown]. It will be a tough season with 21 cars on the grid, but I want to win my first race. I want us to do well as a team and I want Dan to do well as I've never had a team-mate before.
“There is a lot of effort that can go in with a two-car team. I can have no knowledge or set-up of a circuit on a Saturday but with two cars, we can go out with different things and see what works. It will benefit me as much as Dan in qualifying and races. I have been a single car team for three years and now I have someone to work alongside which I'm looking forward to.”