Jones eyes a step into Europe af­ter 2016 cam­paign in Ju­nior Swift

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene -

Sam Jones is aim­ing for the Ju­nior Swift ti­tle this sea­son in his first full cam­paign in ral­ly­cross as a move to the Su­per1600 class beck­ons for next year.

His father Mike had built a works-based Su­per1600 ver­sion of the Suzuki Swift to com­pete with full-time this sea­son, but will take a step back from rac­ing to al­low Sam to tackle the full Ju­nior cham­pi­onship in­stead.

Jones Sr could run his son in the Su­per1600-spec­i­fi­ca­tion car in the Euro­pean cham­pi­onship in 2017.

“I learned a lot in 2015 and have gone from be­ing a com­plete novice to win­ning heats,” said Jones Jr. “I’m hop­ing to con­tinue to im­prove this year.

“The Ju­nior class is look­ing good [for 2016] with lots of new driv­ers. Hope­fully I can fin­ish on top of the ta­ble.”

Of his pos­si­ble pro­gres­sion to Euro­pean Su­per1600 com­pe­ti­tion next sea­son, Jones added: “The chance to race any car is su­perb but this car in Europe would be a dream come true.”

The younger Jones will get sup­port from Iain Swann, who pre­vi­ously helped Will Gol­lop and An­drew Jor­dan.

Croft in North York­shire hosts the open­ing Ju­nior Swift event on March 6.

Jones will tackle the Ju­nior Swift se­ries this sea­son and has Euro­pean cham­pi­onship am­bi­tions

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