Declan Jones took two top-ten finishes during rounds seventeen and eighteen of the 2011 Ginetta Junior Championship at Brands Hatch last weekend, despite severe engine problems that left him down on power.
Declan, who has graduated to the Ginetta Junior Championship for 14-17 year-olds this season and who went to the Kent-based circuit still buzzing following a strong showing last time out at Rockingham, began well on the Friday and was right in the mix in practice for Westbourne Motorsport.
However on Saturday morning the engine began to play up and while changes were made prior to qualifying, the issue persisted with the Chicago Soft-backed youngster having to settle for the 13th best time.
Although a new engine was purchased in a bid to solve the issue, there was no time to fit it for the first race later that day. However the Liverpudlian got on with and was eventually rewarded with yet another top-ten.
“It was frustrating knowing we were basically running on three cylinders,” Declan said. “The day before we had been something like P6 or P7 in the first practice session and we were really happy.
“Then on Saturday we had the problems with the engine and we just didn't have time to change it for the race. I just had to drive the best I could in the end and tenth wasn't bad in the circumstances.”
The next day with a fresh engine fitted, Declan was hopeful he would be able to bounce back, but much to his disappointment his Ginetta G40J remained down on power.
Never one to give up though, the 16-year-old persevered, and in another action-packed Ginetta Junior race screened live on UK television on ITV4
, he made his way through to claim his second top-ten of the weekend, eventually classified in ninth.
“Obviously I had high hopes on Sunday,” Declan continued. “I thought with the new engine I'd have a lot more power and so to go out and have less power was really frustrating.
“But my dad kept saying to me: 'Bring it home, bring it home and collect points'. And that is what I did again.