Declan Jones took a confidence lifting first-ever top-ten Ginetta Junior Championship finish at Donington Park last weekend, in rounds three and four of the series.
Declan, who has graduated to the Ginetta Junior Championship for 14-17 year-olds this season, following several successful seasons competing in the Lewis Hamilton and Bernie Ecclestone Formula One Management-backed Formula Kart Stars Series and in the British Super One Rotax Series, began the weekend solidly and he was 13th in qualifying in his Kevlin Jones Motorsport family-run car.
“I thought that was a pretty good effort,” said Declan, who had a hard debut weekend at Brands Hatch earlier this month. “13th wasn't too bad - especially considering it was only my second qualifying session and I am obviously still getting use to the Ginetta G40J.”
The Chicago Soft-backed youngster then maintained that momentum in the two races, finishing 14th in the first race and scoring seven precious championship points, despite losing a lap early on when he had to pit when his front nose got damaged.
“I had a coming together on the second lap and that popped my bonnet,” explained the 15-year-old. “We had to come in and get that fixed.
“Then I went back out and my aim was just to finish and I did, even though I had another coming together with another kid, who just came across my nose and just cut me up.”
The highlight of the weekend though came in the second race and he put in a good run. Indeed he gained a number of places at the start and was running sixth, until a mistake dropped him back.
Despite that however, he still managed to bring his car home in eleventh, gaining a further position post-race when one of his rivals was disqualified for what officials described as overly 'robust' racing.
“The second race was a lot better,” Declan continued. “I was actually lying sixth at one point and just made a mistake and spun. That was a bit annoying. But other than that I thought it was a really great race.”