2011 Ginetta Junior Championship star Declan Jones has announced he will compete in the Ginetta GT Supercup and the French V de V Championship in 2012.
The Liverpool-based teenager made his car-racing debut in 2011 and after a strong season, is making a big step up for the new campaign. The 16 year old is set to compete in around half of the Supercup events in a Ginetta G50 run by Century Motorsport from Oulton Park onwards.
The Chicago Soft and The London Perfume Company Limited-backed youngster will run this in conjunction with a six race deal in the French historic championship, where he will share a Courage-run Chevron B54 with Alain Schlesinger, starting with the 2 hours du Mans on April 27-29.
Jones said: “I'm really glad we are able to announce what I am going to do this year. 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.
“I'd also like to thank my sponsors for making this possible. I am glad Peter McLaughlin has come back on with Chicago Soft for the fourth year in succession. It is also great to team up with The London Perfume Company Ltd. I hope to do them all proud this year and get some good results.”
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.
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.
“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.”