Liverpool-based teenager Declan Jones maintained his run of rostrums at Rockingham last weekend in the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup.
The 17-year-old, who took two podiums at Knockhill last month, in only his second outing in his Century Motorsport-run Ginetta G50, began strongly on Friday in the first test session, setting the twelfth best time overall, which impressively left him second in the G50 class, behind only championship leader, Mark Davies.
However after that he began to experience gearbox problems and while it was changed overnight, five laps into qualifying there was an oil leak on the new 'box which ended Declan's qualifying.
Despite lining up 15th though for race one, he put in a mature drive and gradually hauled his way up the order, finally snatching eighth and third in class on the very final lap.
Sunday saw Declan slowed by handling problems and he was also hampered by a broken windscreen wiper, meaning he had next to no visibility in the wet and tricky conditions. He persevered though, and safely brought his car to the chequered flag, finishing 15th overall and claiming another 18 championship points to take his year-to-date tally to 127 from just seven races.
“It was a hard weekend, but I am glad I came away with a podium,” said the Chicago Soft and The London Perfume Company Limited-backed youngster. “In the first race I had a couple of issues early on, but I just kept chipping away and chipping away and got third on the last lap. That was definitely the upside to the weekend.
“Today was more challenging. I am no slouch in the wet and you only have to look back at Oulton Park to see that. But we had severe handling issues with the car, and through Turn 1 I had a lot of over-steer. The car just didn't feel balanced. Also the windscreen wiper wasn't working, so I couldn't see much for the whole of that race! We got to the end though, and that in itself was quite an achievement.
“It was nice to have my dad here this weekend too, instead of him having to be at work like he was when I was racing at Knockhill.”
Declan now faces a busy October and will take in both of the remaining two Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup rounds at Silverstone (October 6-7) and Brands Hatch (October 20-21). He is also planning to do the French V de V event at Magny Cours from October 26-28.