“It was a good race today,” Declan continued. “I was running sixth and was catching the top-five, slowly eating away at their lead. But then I made a little mistake and ran wide and picked up some dirt on my tyres.
“At that point Seb and Tom caught up to me. Seb managed to get passed, but I held off Tom. Full credit to him as it was a clean fight. I just put the car in the right place though and stopped it in the corners so he couldn't do the switch back on me. I defended well.
“All-in-all this weekend has been a massive confidence booster. Yes, it was eventful and a bit up and down. But it was still very good and it has made me realise that I can do it and that I have got the pace.”
Declan will now resume his campaign in the Ginettas in two weeks time, when the MSA British Touring Car Championship-support series heads back to Brands Hatch for rounds 17 and 18, the penultimate meeting of the year. Unlike at the start of the season though, the action will take place on the longer 4.206 kilometre GP layout, as opposed to the short 1.929 kilometre Indy track.
“I am looking forward to it,” Declan stated. “It is another track I don't know. The Indy layout is very different to the GP. But at the end of the day it is just another series of corners and that is the way I have to look at it. It was the same in karting. I often had to learn on the Friday. I will just get on with it. I am hoping for a top five or a podium there. That is what I have got to aim for now towards the end of the year.”
Declan's dad, manager and chief mechanic, Kelvin Jones meanwhile was very pleased to see his son make yet more progress following on from that fifth place finish at Knockhill earlier this month.
“We are really happy, and even though we didn't get another fifth, speed wise we are there now,” Kelvin said. “It was great to be so quick in practice. That was a real turn around.
“Qualifying was also pretty mega. Just five tenths split the first ten. That was how close it was. The first race was tough on Saturday. But we went back out today and made our point. Dec drove a really sensible race and got seventh.
“In the end it was a very promising weekend and the times were really good. He is made up with the car and we know now that we are on the money.
“It was great working with the Westbourne Motorsport guys again too and good to run under their name for the first time. I want to thank them for all their assistance. They have helped us move forward. Now we have Brands in two weeks time and Dec is really fired up for it.”