Ginetta Junior racer Declan Jones has announced he will compete in the Ginetta GT Supercup and the French V de V Championship in 2012.
The teenager from Liverpool had a strong year in what was his début year in car racing, competing in the Ginetta Junior championship in 2011 with a best race finish of 5th. Jones is set to race with Century Motorsport in a Ginetta G50 from Oulton Park onwards and will also combine his outings in the United Kingdom, by running in the French V de V Championship.
The Chicago Soft and The London Perfume Company Limited-backed racer will drive a Courage-run Chevron B54 in that series, sharing the car with Alain Schlesinger and taking in all six Historic races, starting with the 2 hours du Mans on April 27-29.
“I’m really glad we are able to announce what I am going to do this year,” Declan said. “I have had a little drive of a G50 Cup car already and it just feels right – it feels like a ‘real’ race car. I am looking forward to stepping up.
“It will also help massively this year that I will have experience of all the tracks we will compete on in the Ginetta GT Supercup.
“In 2011 I was going into some of the race weekend’s having never seen the track or been around it before in my life. We had to learn the layout, but now I can just focus on getting the car set up as good as possible.
“Hopefully I can get on the pace quicker and it would be great if I could get a top-three finish in the class.
“I haven’t driven my V de V car yet, but will test the Chevron B54 next Friday, so that will be great. Those races will be a different challenge and as they are two hours long, it is more of an endurance test. I am looking forward to racing out in France.
Declan’s dad and manager, Kelvin Jones added:
“It was a big year for Dec last season stepping up from karts to cars and I think by the end of it he had really started to find his feet,” Kelvin added.
“We wanted to step things up again this season and the Ginetta Junior Championship has enabled him to get the experience so that we can move to the Ginetta GT Supercup and do the V de V in France.
“The Ginetta Junior Championship has definitely proved its worth with Dec and we’d recommend it to any young drivers.
“I am looking forward now to seeing Dec compete in the Ginetta GT Supercup and V de V. I feel that combination will work well and going out to France will give him some experience of a new set of tracks and also, crucially, two hour races. It is the next rung on the ladder for Dec towards his ultimate goal of racing at the Le Mans 24 Hours.”
The 2012 Ginetta GT Supercup Season gets underway at Brands Hatch this weekend.
Photo Credit: Kelvin Jones