18-year-old Liverpool-based teenager Declan Jones grabbed another podium finish during the fourth event of the 2013 Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Snetterton last weekend (June 15-16).

Declan, who is making his debut in the series this year, travelled to the Norfolk-based circuit in confident mood, eager to score as many points as possible at the wheel of the Century Motorsport-run Ginetta G50 GT4 he shares with Zoe Wenham.

Although the weather conditions were tricky on Saturday, the duo went well in practice, posting the third best time in class in the second session.

They then maintained that form in qualifying, with Zoe taking fourth on the grid for race one (round five), while Declan took second for race two (round six), just 0.098 seconds off the class pole - although he would have been easily in front had he not been baulked by two GT3 cars.

Race day brought more success, with third place in the opening 1 hour affair, although it could have been second, but for a drive-through penalty, incurred after their pit stop was too quick, albeit by only a quarter of a second.

In the second 1 hour race, Declan started and immediately seized the class lead into the first corner. The Halewood Village-based youngster then maintained P1 and cleverly used the GT3 cars to build a cushion. However just prior to his stop, he was hit by a Ferrari Italia GT3. That incident cost them dear and they had to settle for fifth. It was a bitter blow, given a win looked all-but guaranteed.

It also costs Declan and Zoe the lead in the British GT4 Drivers' Championship, although it remains very close, with the gap to the new leaders, only 5 points (103.5 versus 108.5).

"It was a bit of a mixed bag this weekend. It is frustrating although it was still a strong showing and that is what we will focus on going forward," Declan remarked.

"In the first race Zoe did well in her stint and we were looking good. However we ended up getting a drive-through penalty as our pit stop was a tad too quick. The penalty cost us something like 20 seconds and meant we had to settle for third."

"Then in the second race, I made a good start and was having a close dice with [Dan] Eagling," Declan continued. "I used the GT3 cars to my advantage and managed to pull away. I had built up a big gap when a Ferrari came up behind me and locked up and ran me off the road. We would definitely have been on for a win, but for that.

"However, while the luck wasn't with us, we still got some important points this weekend and despite everything we got another podium - my fourth of the year. The pace was also there and the car felt great. As ever my thanks go to Century Motorsport, my team-mate, Zoe and of course my sponsors, Chicago Soft, The London Perfume Company and HERO Energy, as well as my trainer, Dan at Taylors Fitness Training."

The 2013 Avon Tyres British GT Championship now takes a break before resuming in August at Brands Hatch for round seven: "I love Brands. It is a bit like Oulton Park," Declan continued. "It is a track that needs big balls! I can't wait!"

Declan's dad and manager, Kelvin Jones meanwhile was disappointed with the results, but happy with how his son had performed.

"We've had better weekends," Kelvin continued. "We would have had P2 in the bag in the first race, but for that drive-through. Then in the second race, Dec started and was absolutely on it. He even used the GT3 cars to help him pull ahead. It was probably the best I have seen him drive - talk about class.

"Everything was then looking good until he got wiped out by a GT3 car. That has cost us, but there is still a lot more racing to do. We are now second in the GT4 championship behind our chief rivals, Ryan Ratcliffe and Rick Parfitt Jr - they did a great job this weekend and so congratulations to them. We look forward now to fighting back at Brands."



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