Declan Jones concluded his Formula Kart Stars (FKS) career on a high last weekend and he has now officially announced that he will step up to the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2010.
Declan, who has been competing in the FKS Junior Rotax class for 13-17 year olds this season, went into rounds eleven and twelve of the Lewis Hamilton and Bernie Ecclestone Formula One Management-backed series looking to secure third place in the standings.
The Chicago Soft-backed youngster started solidly and while he was slightly disappointed to only be sixth in qualifying for the penultimate round, he went for it in the two heats, finishing fourth and third.
Although he was taken out in the round eleven final, the 15-year-old lost no ground to championship protagonist, Josh Parker, as his rival was also a victim of the early mayhem.
“We didn't get the set-up right quite right for qualifying,” said Declan. “But we soon got it hooked up for the heats. It was pretty good for those two races and in the second one I gained quite a few points on Josh.
“However, in the final, halfway through the first corner, I got taken out. The incident ripped the radiator off and split the sparkplug in two.
“It was a real shame. The only consolation - from a championship point of view - was that Josh also retired. That was good for me. But at the same time it was a bad result.”
The next day, Declan continued to perform, despite the tremendous pressure and he was third in the second FKS Junior Rotax qualifying session in his Dave Smith Racing-run kart.
He then took second and fourth in the heats, before doing as well as he possibly could in the round twelve decider.
Declan seized the lead in the final on lap 8 and then maintained the position all the way to the chequered flag, finishing 1.66 seconds up on Parker. It was a great result and the perfect way to end his FKS career.