Declan Jones super impressive on Ginetta G55 debut at Brands Hatch

Declan Jones put in a sensational performance in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup finale at Brands Hatch last weekend (October 11-12) when he made his debut in a Ginetta G55, coming away with a trio of top-five finishes, including a podium.The 19-year-old Liverpool-based teenager, who last ran in the SuperCup in 2012 - albeit in the G50 Cup, was thrown in the deep end after securing a last minute deal to compete with Danny Buxton’s SV Racing team.He didn’t disappoint either and despite only having worn wet tyres, was ninth fastest in heavy rain during qualifying on the Saturday.The 2013 British GT4 vice-champion then produced a brilliant drive to climb through the field to take fourth in the drying opening race, before taking fifth in a damp race two, even though he was still on the same set of now very well used wet tyres.Declan saved the best for last, however, and after slipping to sixth at the start in race three on Sunday, battled back, pulling off one of the overtaking moves of the weekend at Hawthorn, en-route to third place, even though he had never driven the car in dry conditions before.“It was a fantastic weekend,” said Declan. “Danny, my mechanics, Mike [Waudey] and Tom [Dally] and all at SV Racing did a fantastic job – they all pulled together and helped me out massively, as did Ginetta. The whole thing was great and so were the results with what we had.”“On Saturday we literally had someone else’s old wet tyres. We just couldn’t afford new ones. We did qualifying and the first two races on the same old tyres and we got the best out of what we could with them. Everyone in front of me had brand new wets on and behind it was pretty 50:50 - half on new wets and half on old. I was punching above my weight with what I had and I did really well.“Then on Sunday we were fourth, although later on it turned into third and we got another trophy. I didn’t get to stand on the podium and spray the champagne, but we still got the rostrum finish and that is always nice.”“The deal to do this event was only finalised about a week before and the first time I actually got to drive the car was on the Friday in testing and that was straight out in the wet. I just pulled the best I could out of the situation. It was good to end the season on a high and it was nice to go out with Danny and SV Racing and be just me in the car. It was great to end the season like we did.”SV Racing boss Danny Buxton commented: “Declan was nothing short of sensational this weekend, considering he had never driven a Ginetta G55 before and was thrown hugely in at the deep end. He was the star of the weekend all things considered. To have a third, a fourth and a fifth was just awesome. I had hoped he would be in the top-five or top-six because I know how good he is, but he just exceeded all of my expectations in the space of a short weekend.“I would be absolutely delighted now to run him next year. I really enjoyed working with him. He is naturally talented. The talent side is all there and if I could just help him with a few other bits and bobs, and hopefully a few other things that we could bring to the table, we can then work hard and try and make it happen in 2015.”Declan’s dad and manager, Kelvin Jones meanwhile was very happy to see his son end the 2014 season so positively.“It has been a difficult year and we haven’t been able to do as many British GT rounds as we would have liked for a variety of reasons, but were very happy when this opportunity came up,” Kelvin explained. “Danny and Ginetta were keen for us to do it and we were delighted to be able too. Declan drove incredibly well and in my view stepped up another level. It has definitely given us something to think about for 2015 and we will definitely be seriously looking at the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup now for next year. I want to thank Danny, everyone at SV Racing, Lawrence [Tomlinson], Ashley [Gallagher] and Mike [Simpson] at Ginetta for making it possible.”Anybody that would like to get involved now and support Declan in 2015, should contact Kelvin on +44 (0)7989 585186.

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